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Old 08-18-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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Inverter question

This may be a dumb question, but I don't think everything in the coach runs off the inventor so maybe it's a valid question. 😁 I'm currently full timing until I find a new house...have an issue with my magnum inverter and need the shop needs to remove the inverter in order to send it off. Does anyone have any experience removing the inverter and still have power to run the important stuff (refrigerator and AC)? Not sure how this would be accomplished, but interested to hear of others have done it or have knowledge. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-19-2015, 12:01 AM   #2
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make model of trailer MH and inverter wattage???
would help
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Inverter likely only runs your fridge and nothing else.
It would take a massive battery bank to run your a/c,

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Old 08-19-2015, 08:38 AM   #4
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David - If you have a Berk, the inverter is connected to a few outlets and your TV should be able to run on the inverter. Hope that you know to turn it on at the inside panel and turn it off while sleeping during boondocking to save your batteries.
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On my coach, the inverter powers all the outlets and refrigerator. To my knowledge, the only things that do not run off the inverter are the AC's.

David, I know that this really doesn't answer your question but are you able to get shore power while the repair is being done? If so, I would ask the tech doing the work if you will have power to the coach while the inverter is being repaired.
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I just went thru inverter problems on my berk. It would randomly go into fault mode.
I could send it back to the factory and be down for 8-10 days at a cost of $200-500 or just buy a new one and put it in myself at a cost of $730.
I went with option #2.



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All,

Thanks for the replies. To answer a few questions and comment.

1.) I have the 2011 390bh.
2.) I am able to plug into shore power and will definitely talk to a technician about power to coach.
3.) Back a few months ago I kept getting a fault and ended up taking it to CW because I was in a pinch. They removed the inverter and sent it off. When it was back in the MH, the fan never turned off. I installed a disconnect to manually turn off the inverter when it would set for multiple days. I was hoping to remove the inverter and have camping world fix their error instead of driving it 3 hours to have them remove the inverter.

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David,
What fault were you getting?

I was getting 5 blinks, internal fault.
The repair guys tried to convince me I needed a larger inverter even tho I don't use it.
I bought a new one and replaced it myself.


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Jegstrup,

I was getting an overheating fault. If I remember correctly it was three quick blinks. It's been a while since they replaced the fans.

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Jegstrup,

I was getting an overheating fault. If I remember correctly it was three quick blinks. It's been a while since they replaced the fans.

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If you opt for the upgraded control panel (and I highly recommend it), errors will be output as actual text messages on the LCD display. Also, you can adjust a TON of inverter options like setting the voltage at which it cuts off to save your batteries from going below 50%, etc.

And adding the Battery Monitoring Kit also, gives you a really fine 12v power system. With the BMK, it even reads out the SOC (State of Charge) of your batts as a percentage of total capacity. Great for insuring you don't go below the "magic" 50% level.

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