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Old 07-12-2019, 05:35 AM   #1
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Newbie to the camping life. Been about 6 months since last outing. Have a question on the inverter. Does it remain ON when hooked to shore power? I assume so to keep the batteries charged.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:22 AM   #2
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Skip12 your handing out false information.
CONVERTOR - 110 to 12
INVERTER - 12 to 110

Inverter has nothing to do with your 12v items, converter however does.

Your converter charges the battery, not the inverter
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Thanks for catching me TURBS. I deleted my response to avoid propagating bad info. TURBS, if possible, can you also help answer Ramblin's question?

I think I'm not misleading Ramblin by saying - I turn my inverter off when connected to shore power because the fan is so loud. Some leave theirs on in case they lose shore power and some believe leaving it on is less stressful to the inverter.

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Old 07-12-2019, 09:26 AM   #4
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Newbie to the camping life. Been about 6 months since last outing. Have a question on the inverter. Does it remain ON when hooked to shore power? I assume so to keep the batteries charged.


Ramblin- are you sure that you have an inverter? Did your RV come with a residential fridge?

As Turbs said, an inverter makes 120v from battery power. A converter make 12v from 120v. Fifth wheels all come with converters but only come with inverters if there is a ďmust runĒ 120v appliance like a residential fridge.

If itís an inverter, you can turn it off. Just know that you wonít have power if shore power goes off unexpectedly.

If itís a converter, you will be using battery power for lights, fans, radio, thermostat, and whatnot. And the battery will not be re-charged automatically. Youíll have to take care of turning that on yourself. Generally, folks leave it on for simplicity.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:32 AM   #5
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Skip 12. My 5th wheel does have a residential frig. The on/off switch says its an inverter. So with this switch in the off position will my batteries continue to be charged?
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Short answer is inverter does NOT charge your batteries. Inverter can be off when connected to shore power.

As TURBS says, "INVERTER - 12 to 110" so the only job of the inverter is to provide 110 to your residential refrigerator when you are not on shore power. (I'm fairly certain all FR Sabre inverters are hardwired to fridge only.)

Your inverter draws from your battery. It does not carge it.

As TURBS says, "CONVERTOR - 110 to 12", so the convertor is charging your batteries and supplying power to your 12v components when on shore power so that remains on all the time.
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