Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-23-2015, 07:54 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 1
Inverter for fridge is not powering

Hi. When I press the inverter switch button, the green light comes on, but I do not hear a "click" and the fridge does not power up. (Fridge is fine on shore power or generator.) Is there a breaker some where for the inverter? I could not feel one on it. It is mounted in the enclosed compartment above the propane tank on driver's side. Someone mentioned a bad relay? Thanks!
slmckel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 08:04 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 10,190
Quote:
Originally Posted by slmckel View Post
Hi. When I press the inverter switch button, the green light comes on, but I do not hear a "click" and the fridge does not power up. (Fridge is fine on shore power or generator.) Is there a breaker some where for the inverter? I could not feel one on it. It is mounted in the enclosed compartment above the propane tank on driver's side. Someone mentioned a bad relay? Thanks!
Don't know what invertor you have but check for a fuse on it.
__________________
Coachmen M/H
Concord
2018 / 300 DSC

Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 08:10 AM   #3
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,498
If the green light is coming on then it is obviously turning on.

Have you checked output voltage on the inverter?

TURBS
2008 duramax
2015 columbus 320RS
2015 camping "31 nights"
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 08:12 AM   #4
Who Dares, Wins
 
doc73's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chester County, PA
Posts: 6,644
Or the battery... Could it be to low to supply the power for the fridge but enough to light it up.
__________________

Pat, Jen, Heather & Sapphire, the head mouser.
2015 ChevyHD D-Max
2018 Artic Wolf 315tbh8
doc73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 08:18 AM   #5
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,498
Quote:
Originally Posted by doc73 View Post
Or the battery... Could it be to low to supply the power for the fridge but enough to light it up.
True

TURBS
2008 duramax
2015 columbus 320RS
2015 camping "31 nights"
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 11:12 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Englewood FL
Posts: 2,555
There is a GFI on the inverter itself where the frig is plugged it. I bet that it has popped. Mine did that. The remote switch will glow green since the inverter doesn't know the GFI is popped. Bet that is your problem.
__________________

2015 335DS
ScottBrownstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 12:00 PM   #7
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,498
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScottBrownstein View Post
There is a GFI on the inverter itself where the frig is plugged it. I bet that it has popped. Mine did that. The remote switch will glow green since the inverter doesn't know the GFI is popped. Bet that is your problem.
Good catch.

TURBS
2008 duramax
2015 columbus 320RS
2015 camping "31 nights"
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 01:10 PM   #8
Rodney & Patty
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Newport, NY
Posts: 53
With mine, if I don't remember to turn it off before plugging in shore power, it will not work when I go back to the invertor. Each time this happens I have to pull the fuse for a few seconds with the switch off, reinstall the fuse and power it back up. It's a pain and happens often...
__________________
Working because we have to - camping because we want to.


2015 Salem Hemishere 337 BAR
2014 Ram 3500SRW Laramie 6.7 I6
rdenslow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 01:18 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Englewood FL
Posts: 2,555
That is possible depending on the model of inverter and the installation. Georgetown uses a Xantrex inverter and a Xantrex transfer switch dedicated to the reefer. I suppose it could trigger what you are describing but if I remember correctly, the Xantrex ProWatt inverters do not have an external fuse. In addition, if the fuse needed to be removed I would expect that the remote switch would not glow green in the interim.
__________________

2015 335DS
ScottBrownstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 02:27 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
14 CC 38CK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 171
I am gonna have to check mine because when I tried to use it this summer it didn't work either
14 CC 38CK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 05:00 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 13
I have the same issue with my'15 320RS. Works on shore power but not off batteries or when connected to tow vehicle.
ozarkcamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 05:28 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,748
Inverter has a fuse, check that. Also, most have a "pass through" when hooked to shore power, allowing 120v to pass through the inverter, since it's not needed to "invert" on that circuit, while on shore power. Sounds like an issue with either the GFIC, or fuse on the 12v side. Just a hunch.
Still Kickin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 05:48 PM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 13
Thx, will ck. Fuse is ok. Where is the GFIC located for the fridge
ozarkcamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 05:49 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Englewood FL
Posts: 2,555
There is a lot of confusion on this forum regarding converters and inverters. While there are inverters that actually have a "pass through" mode, some units use inverters that do not offer this function. Xantrex offers both and a pass through unit in effect has an integral transfer switch...hence the pass through mode. FR uses Xantrex ProSine and ProWatt units. ProSine has a pass through (yellow unit) and ProWatt doesn't (black unit.) Georgetown uses ProWatt...no fuse, no pass through and a separate transfer switch.
__________________

2015 335DS
ScottBrownstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2015, 06:34 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Vince and Charlette's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Spring Valley OH
Posts: 761
Be sure the "Battery Control" is in the connect position. Also, as previously noted, the Xantrex has a reset on the GFCI outlet that controls the refrigerator. I found my finger didn't push the button in far enough to reset it. But it worked with the end of my pen.
__________________
2018 Berkshire 38A
Vince and Charlette is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2015, 10:23 AM   #16
Senior member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: toms river nj
Posts: 42
inverter

check that all battery connections are tight. Mine worked on shore and generator but did not work with inverter. The ground battery cable was not tight and did not make good connection. Tighten the ground and all works great
efgsr47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2015, 10:33 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Englewood FL
Posts: 2,555
My bet is on the GFI since the remote switch is glowing green which indicates that the inverter is powered.
__________________

2015 335DS
ScottBrownstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2015, 01:03 PM   #18
Senior member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: toms river nj
Posts: 42
inverter

Like I stated mine showed all green BUT ground cable from battery not holding strong direct contact. Need to be cleaned and tighten .
efgsr47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2015, 02:35 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Englewood FL
Posts: 2,555
I am sure it would depend on the inverter. A Xantrex would go into fault mode if the battery voltage dropped below acceptable and a loose ground would do that.
__________________

2015 335DS
ScottBrownstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fridge, inverter, power

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:40 PM.