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Old 09-03-2017, 12:45 PM   #1
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Okay, rookie here...
Did a ton of research and purchased a Champion generator,3400 watt inverter. Now if I'm correct this unit should run my 13.5 unit. I turned of the circuit breakers for the inverter and the fridge. I do not have my battery connected ( garage on charger ) . The trailer was plugged into my truck. With all this, I turn on th AC and it trips the 20A breaker ( overload ) on the generator. I had nothing on and was only trying to cool the trailer. No lights, radio, nothing. Any ideas, thoughts ? A power draw from something ? Please help.... or did I just throw away $900...
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Old 09-03-2017, 12:48 PM   #2
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Why did you remove battery and why is the trailer plugged into the truck?

Radio and lights are 12v and you turned the converter off that powers them, when plugged into the generator or shore power.

Are you sure that the a/c is 13.5k and not 15k?
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I have the batt on a trickle charger while the trailer sits at storage. When the trailer is plugged in , it provides the 12v to charge the batt and such. Supplies 12V to the trailer basically, without the battery.
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I have the batt on a trickle charger while the trailer sits at storage. When the trailer is plugged in , it provides the 12v to charge the batt and such. Supplies 12V to the trailer basically, without the battery.
But you turned the converter off, which supplies the 12v when you removed the battery.
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Old 09-03-2017, 12:56 PM   #5
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Based on a recommendation I saw. The trailer inverter draws watts . Therefore turning it off lowers the load on the gen. I had thought maybe the water heater was drawing ? Not sure, trying to figure it out.
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Stumpy turn Everything OFF,start Gen now turn on A/C,it should work 13 or 15! Youroo!!
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:02 PM   #7
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So Kill all the breakers but the AC ? I was just looking through my notes ( at pick-up ). And the tech told us the AC would not run without a battery. Any truth to this ?
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Based on a recommendation I saw. The trailer inverter draws watts . Therefore turning it off lowers the load on the gen. I had thought maybe the water heater was drawing ? Not sure, trying to figure it out.
Stumpy, just to clarify, it's a CONverter, not INverter.
All RVs have CONverters, few have INverters.
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Old 09-04-2017, 02:36 PM   #9
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Yes turn off all breakers accept the ac. Yes you need 12 volts for the thermostat to control the ac. If the generator has an Eco mode turn that off till you know it works
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I have a breaker marked " main " , turn off ? I've been getting the 12 volts to the thermostat via havin the trailer plugged into my truck. And the generator has not been in "eco" mode yet. Fans work on the AC , however when the cooling unit kicks in, the gen overloads.
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