Originally Posted by ramblin
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.