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Old 05-29-2015, 02:24 AM   #1
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OK, here's the dumb question of the day.

We recently purchased a 2011 puma 296kbh. It is equipped with a 55 amp battery converter which I assume is the same as an inverter. I'm thinking that's cool! Then I get the deer in the headlights look, scratch my head and think........what the heck does it do?
Also, when I'm hooked up to electrical doe my battery charge?
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:35 AM   #2
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Inverter, 12 VDC to 120 VAC, converter, 120 VAC to 12 VDC














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Old 05-29-2015, 02:40 AM   #3
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:43 AM   #4
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Doubt if you have an inverter, unless a former owner installed one.
All RVs have converters. They convert shore power to 12vDC to run the 12v stuff.
Suggest you read The 12 volt Side of Life website.
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:45 AM   #5
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Your converter is a converter/charger. It "converts" 110v shore power to 12v DC to power 12v systems in your rig as well as charge your battery/ies.

An inverter would be powered by your battery/ies and supply 110v electrical power when shore power is not available. This is a third-party add-on device.

It is important to understand your electrical systems and how to properly maintain them. I might recommend spending a little time at "the 12volt side of life". It's a great primer and well worth your time to understand both sides of your electrical systems.

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Ya beat me to it...
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Thank you. Now that I think of it, besides the a/c, HW heater and the wall plugs, most of the systems in the trailer are 12v.
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That was not the question! Question was asked and answered. Want more info ask a different question.
Seems that others have helped you with this.
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Thank you. Now that I think of it, besides the a/c, HW heater and the wall plugs, most of the systems in the trailer are 12v.
Actually, your WH also requires 12v as well as your fridge. Both can run on electricity or propane, however, the control board, thermostat, and pilots require 12v. The thermostat that controls your A/C also requires 12v.

About the only things in your rig that can operate without 12v would be your microwave, outlets, and possibly TV (some rigs have 12v TV's). Understandably, your converter and battery bank are crucial even when plugged in to shore power.

It's not at all a dumb question. We've all been "new".
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That was not the question! Question was asked and answered. Want more info ask a different question.
Seems that others have helped you with this.
Yes, OTHERS have helped me.
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