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Old 07-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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Can some one tell me where the converter is physically located? I have a model 8286 (bunk room model) but thinking converters are all in similar physical location in the 8200 fifth well series.
Also, anyone with experience on how to turn off converter when using inverter. For example, do I need to install a on/off switch for the converter? Anyone got experience with this? Thanks for any info and advice!
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Can some one tell me where the converter is physically located? I have a model 8286 (bunk room model) but thinking converters are all in similar physical location in the 8200 fifth well series.
Also, anyone with experience on how to turn off converter when using inverter. For example, do I need to install a on/off switch for the converter? Anyone got experience with this? Thanks for any info and advice!
looks like this and is often near the fridge:



did you install an inverter? they aren't a factory item.
and why would you want to turn the converter off?
you should be able to just turn off the converter's breaker.
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So, the converter is part of the breaker panel? Picture in product literature which came with RV shows a box that looks different and is separate from panel. Is converter the bottom portion of the breaker box?
Dealer installing 300W inverter Tuesday. I was told just turning off main breaker may not turn off converter connection to batteries thus continuing to try and charge batteries while inverter is in use. I am not knowledgeable about this so hoping someone is.
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Why would you NOT want to continue charging batteries while inverter is in use? I would assume your 300 watt small inverter will be used to power specific items. Why not charge the battery (if you can) while using those specific items?
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Unless I'm missing something, the converter only runs when you're plugged into shorepower and if that's the case, why would you be running anything off the inverter which is run off your battery(s).

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The converter converts 110VAC to 12VDC and also acts as as battery charger. If you are going to use an inverter (converts 12VDC to 110VAC) then if you leave the converter on it will charge the batteries as the inverter uses the battery power. Really no reason to turn the converter off.
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So, the converter is part of the breaker panel?
the converter is behind the breaker/fuse panel.
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Unless I'm missing something, the converter only runs when you're plugged into shorepower and if that's the case, why would you be running anything off the inverter which is run off your battery(s).

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Well again...this is a small 300watt inverter which I am guessing is going to be used to power a few things rather than all AC needs. Just leaving them hooked up to the inverter which CAN be turned off and on easily, may be simpler than replugging things into coach outlets. Now here's a couple of other situations:
If the ALTERNATOR charges the battery while you are driving down the road...why would you want to cut it off...since the inverter may be the ONLY source of AC when driving down the road.

If you have solar panels, you'd also want them to charge as you used the inverter.

Boondocking, if you had a generator...you'd want to run it to power the whole coach and charge the batteries while still being able to use the small inverter dedicated to one or two things.
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Good questions as to why the converter needs to be turned off, but here is what inverter manufacturer says:
"Turn off converter when using inverter to prevent extra battery drain "
Not sure I understand but trying to figure out how to turn off/disable converter. My setup will be to run shore power cord back to inverter and plug into with 110 pigtail. With three 12v batteries I hope to be able to operate TV, computers, microwave, etc. when dry docking overnight when on the road.
Batteries stay fully charged with two 100watt solar panels when in dry storage.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:44 PM   #10
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i installed a 400w inverter and wired it straight to my two 12v batteries.
use it for the same thing, tv/dvd/charging electronic devices.

i've NEVER turned off my converter because it only works on shore power.
no need to turn it off when i'm dry camping, which is why i need an inverter.
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