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Old 08-09-2015, 06:20 PM   #11
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Regarding other things that run off the inverter, on my 2015 Georgetown, there is a 110v ac outlet attached to the inverter itself. This outlet, which can power just about anything within amp limits, has a GFCI switch on it that controls inverter output and is the master reset button.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:27 AM   #12
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Thanks Christian,

Always better to do things on the safe side and what you said definitely sounds logical.


Vince, very interesting!

Our 2015 Georgetown is the 378TS and I just double checks, we do not have that power outlet near the switches, at least I can’t find one!

The only outlet near the frig is in the outside compartment under the frig next to the steps, and there is no GFI reset button on it. I’ll check this out when we are dry camping. Our reset is on the separate PROwatt switch plate that only has a button and indicator light.

This points out one of the biggest problems within the RV community. Each coach is made from different parts. Sometimes the same coach made one week will have different parts that the one made the next week. I’ve talked to my dealer and they are frustrated by this as the owners are. A coach comes in for service and they order a part and are sent the wrong thing! Happens all the time.
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Using the onboard battery

I think the poster was referring to an extra receptacle plug on the inverter itself. The inverter is locate above the propane tank and can be accessed through the white plastic plug there. That receptacle is a GFI socket. So remember if you every lose power that may have trip but unlikely.
The PROwatt button is an on/off button for the inverter.
Before hooking up power appliances to the inverter make sure the inverter is large enough. Mine is only 1000 watts. I hear the newer coaches are 2000 watts.
As for the receptacle in the outside compartment that is tied into a GFI plug in the coach.
There can can only be 1 GFI plug in any circuit an circuits are daisy chained from the breaker switch.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:01 AM   #14
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Thanks for the answers. We Spent our Kids Inheritance (SKI Club Members) on a 2015 Forest River Georgetown 378XL.

I’m fairly certain we have two switches for the battery and hate to just click both of them, “and let’s see what happens!”

The first is a simple rocker switch mounted on the panel with the Awning, Steps, and lighting switches. It is labeled “Battery Control” and toggles to connect or disconnect setting. An indicator light comes on it indicates the connect position. It is also labeled COACH under the switch. Fairly certain this should be left in the connect position, light on, think it is like disconnecting the ground wire from the battery as you might do for winter storage, or storage on a remote lot with no available electricity.

The second is a separate switch plate which is labeled “PROwatt SW” with a small “status” light and an “On/Off” button. Again, fairly certain that this is the switch that turns the inverter on and off.

So if I understand your post, since we leave our “baby” in the driveway hooked up to a dedicated 50 amp outlet, we should leave the battery control toggled to connect, light on, and the PROwatt toggled to status light on also. Leave it like that at home, as we drive down the road, as we hook up, as we camp, always. And also, turn the A/C off when we start and stop the Generator, also when we hook up to and unhook for a 50-amp outlet. “Turn it all on and forget it!”
I think you will find that the light bar in that switch is not an indication of switch position. I believe the light in the switch is illuminated no matter what has been selected. One should physically press the rocker switch to insure the battery is or is not connected as desired. This is how my 378 functions. if FR made a change to the switch then disregard.
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Sandy and Shirley, first of all, let's compare apples to apples. We too have a 364TS. On ours, the inverter is compartment just ahead of the right rear tires located behind a black cardboard-like panel. There you should find a ProWatt 2000 inverter with an attached GFCI outlet. The switch just inside the front door is a remote switch that simply allows the inverter to be controlled from inside. The light does coincide with the inverter. I know since I just replaced mine because the light was out.
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One added item: if you remove the black cardboard-like material in the inverter compartment, you'll gain access to a whole new compartment for added storage. I recommend you not use this area for storing metal objects. And, be sure to not block the small cooling fans on the back of the inverter.
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:48 PM   #17
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Good questions

Both fridge and water heater use very little battery power.

Never hesitate to ask question since this is how we all learn whether we are newbies or veterans.
What type of coach do you have?
Enjoy you coach and camping.
I agree with all that Wrapperman said. Just cut this part out to point out that BOTH FRIG AND WH use very little 12 volt current AS LONG AS YOU SET THEM TO RUN GAS ONLY

That darn fridge uses 400 to 500 watt of my 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter. If I turn on the inverter so DW can use the Micro or her Hair Dryer or curling iron then forget the fridge or WATER HEATER GOD FORBID, That should be on GAS ONLY except if you are on hookups for long enough that the propane savings would be significant. The two of them if left on would pull everything the inverter can deliver and run the batteries down fast. The inverter is my after market add on and PURE SINE WAVE is Best, but pulls about 11/2 to 2 amps at no load and then figure 100 amps for the microwave so we use it discreetly, at least until/if we install more solar. The high end "commercial duty" pure sine waves can draw 4 amps or more NO LOAD so I will stick with my little light duty $400 dollar Samlex for now and stay away from high draw usuage for more than a few minutes here and there as needed.
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[QUOTE=Sandy and Shirley;949376]Thanks Christian,

Always better to do things on the safe side and what you said definitely sounds logical.

In that spirit, I would leave the INVERTER in the off position unless you need to use what it powers, I think that is normally first and foremost, the entertainment center as usually that stuff requires 120 v.

I suggest to everyone, for $15 you can get a plug in analog volt meter that will show you the status of your AC Parks home or generator to be sure you are not using voltage that is sagging We nearly always dry camp but last time, to my surprise there was a power post. Prob was that with eveyone in our row running Air Conditioners, the voltage dropped to just above 100. I used the Gen the rest of the day and at night when voltage came back up I used the park current.
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Tom48 I think most of the posters on this thread have residential fridges that do not have a propane connection, electric only one way or the other.
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