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Old 12-02-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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I have a Freedom 20 inverter / battery charger with the remote control panel. It has operated perfectly until last week when the panel's on/off switch no longer turns the inverter off. I took the panel apart and checked the switch by cutting it out of the circut and testing it with an ohm meter. It is reads open in the off position and almost no resistance in the closed position - switch is OK. After soldering it back into the circuit the system is unchanged, i.e. inverter stays on. All this testing is with shore power disconnected.
When connected to shore power the inverter hums a bit louder than when disconnected. Also, the shore power sollonoid seems to function OK as I can hear it's heavy click on and off as I connect/disconnect shore power. DIP switches are at the factory recommended settings and have not been changed.
Other than being on all the time, the inverter/charger seems to work fine.
Any suggestions?
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I have a Freedom 20 inverter / battery charger with the remote control panel. It has operated perfectly until last week when the panel's on/off switch no longer turns the inverter off. I took the panel apart and checked the switch by cutting it out of the circut and testing it with an ohm meter. It is reads open in the off position and almost no resistance in the closed position - switch is OK. After soldering it back into the circuit the system is unchanged, i.e. inverter stays on. All this testing is with shore power disconnected.
When connected to shore power the inverter hums a bit louder than when disconnected. Also, the shore power sollonoid seems to function OK as I can hear it's heavy click on and off as I connect/disconnect shore power. DIP switches are at the factory recommended settings and have not been changed.
Other than being on all the time, the inverter/charger seems to work fine.
Any suggestions?
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Old 12-02-2006, 03:52 PM   #3
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As long as you have an ohmeter, check that the contacts are actually changing state on the solenoid that connects and disconnects the inverter. The solonoid may be operating, but the contacts may be burned or stuck.

I ran into the same prolem with the OEM inverter on my 2003 Winnebago Brave. Once I took it apart and tapped the relay, the contacts came loose, and it worked normally.

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Old 12-04-2006, 06:52 AM   #4
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I did a search for similar problems and found the identical problem and solution on a year older Safari, coincidentally also in Sacramento. In that case it finally turned out to be the remote control panel.
When I pull the phone cable from the remote the unit turns off so that points to the panel too. I have one more thing to check - to see if the unit works properly with the remote panel disconnected by using the on/off switch on the inverter.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:57 AM   #5
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I found that the rear camera switch was ON and that the engineers built the RV with that switch over-riding all controls on the inverter. SO... with the rear camera switch ON, the inverter can NOT be turned OFF!!
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