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Old 12-15-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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2003 Alpine FDTS power problems

new to the alpine couch have had it for 3 months. having problems with power. only the front half is running on shore power an the back half is running off batteries which are now dead. the batteries are 3 months old, cant find the inverter to see if it is working or not. help
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Welcome, You wont have to wait long for an answer to your question. Sounds like a breaker is tripped on your inverter but I don't know where to look for it.

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Old 12-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang here!

Sorry about your problem! BTW, I would suggest that you post questions over in the specific areas of the forum for best results. Not many folks hang out here in the Welcome area. Maybe one of the Moderators will move this post over for you, since forum rules prohibit posting the same question in different areas of the forum.

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He is posting in the right area. This is the Alpine coach form and he owns a alpine coach. I own a 2005 but I'm sure somebody with the 2003 will jump on and help you out it does just sound like a break. You should have two power panels one is the main panel the other is for the inverter make sure that the breaker that's labeled inverter in the main power panel is on
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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First check 120v breakers on the distro panels in the cabinet, under bathroom sink [30 amp breaker in grey panel feeds shore power to inverter, 30 amp in black panel feeds coach from inverter.] Inverter is usually located behind the small basement door, on the passenger side, just in front of the rear tires. Not sure it follows that "back of coach" is running on bats [inverting] but bats arent charging. Check breakers first them tell us what inverter control panel is telling your.
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ok found it ya but it says charging but its clearly not, an no breakers are triped.
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Did what already? What brand name inverter do you have and again, what is being displayed on the inverter control panel?
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checked the breakers already.. the panel says two red lights that say 10.5 the amps say <10 the inverter is a freedom 458 series combi
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Ok--there is a white, push-type [25 amp] fuse on the Freedom Combi. Try a reset of that pop fuse. Still trying to untangle exactly what is happening. A generic inverter like the Combi has three basic functions: 1- charge the house bats using either shore or genset power; 2-invert 12v power from the house bats to provide 120v power to selected inverter circuits in the coach; and 3- by pass 120v power from either shore or genset power to the same select inverter circuits in the coach. Usually, all three are tied together--its unusual that inverter seems to be inverting from 12v bats but isnt charging bats from or by-passing 120v from shore power. hang in there--lets keep trying.....
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that's was the problem the little reset switch batteries are charging. but I wonder what made it pop. an a Big thank you for your help.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:36 PM   #12
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One thing that might cause it to pop [especially this time of year] is too many 120v things plugged in at the same time on the inverter by-pass circuit. One or two electric space heaters plugged in, the bat charger on full, and then trying to start the mircowave, for example.....
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:42 PM   #13
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yep we did that our furnance we out last week an it was -10 outside an yes we had two space heaters going an yes tried turning on microwave. now we know. again Thank you very much
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Just to clarify--your coach has several circuits running through-out the coach. You just need to figure out which plug-ins are on what circuits, so the 25 amp inverter circuit doesnt get all the load.....Sharing the load across circuits, two electric heaters of avg size should be fine.
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