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Old 08-26-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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May need new inverter

My 2006 40 Alpine has inverter issues. It gets a code for over heating and other codes. My RV shop says its time for a new one. Any ideas of a good replacement? Thanks, Doug
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:08 PM   #2
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NSS...I am not an expert in this area but am kind of sold on the Magnum or Morningstar brand inverters.... they are expensive if you are looking for a whole house type unit. VSHEETS and others like the idea of several units that perform the specific tasks that you are looking at like, TV and Video... I too like this idea... and might add in some smaller units. I bought a Magnum MS2000.... I paid way too much and most likely did not need all that I bought but... in terms of a pure sine wave inverter I have got a great product. It can run most of the coach needs.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Don't know what your size and installation requirements are. I just installed a PowerBright 2300 that powers my whole coach. Replaced a 10+ year old unit that was giving me issues. Just $200 via Costco online. Included DC cables and wireless remote on/off. Seems to be working quite well.

As mentioned in response above I have a whole house inverter and multiple point of use inverters (tripplite 150's). The whole house is used sparingly - microwave, etc. The point of use are located in the TV compartment, bedroom, dining area, and computer station. This is a more power efficient setup than using one larger inverter all the time.
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Vince I agree with you....I believe that a good formula is to size an inverter for specialty service that is tasked at 80% capacity when in use to make the most of your money. I am going to break up my circuit a bit in the future like you have and stack out a few circuits that I use for special equipment. We have the entertainment area.... the medical equipment area.... the PC charging area.... all having different needs.
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Been researching this myself for the last 6 months as the one in our '99 is showing signs of age, the "sleep" mode isn't working right I had to change the jumpers to always on. We're going with the Magnum MS2012. Plenty of pure sine power for microwave or hair dryer and, unlike the Heart unit it will run an electronic control electric blanket etc.

Pricey, but in reading countless threads I've seen far fewer complaints on the Magnum line that others, and the remote panel will work with the existing line so no running a new cable.
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Also a consideration if you have wet batteries and solar (now or planned) and are doing 14.8 volt absorption mode as recommended by battery vendors, the voltage can touch or exceed 15 volt at times. Many inverters will shut down seeing this as high volt limit exceeded. Ensure your inverter will work to, say, 15.5 volt.

The ones I mention previously will handle it. The Morningstar will as well.
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Check the cooling fan there has been some issues with them failing on the Xantrex units. Also the intake holes on the bottom of the unit are quite small and can get blocked.
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My inverter fan failed in 2011 and I replaced it with an externally mounted fan and it has been working satisfactorily since.

I suggest you search this site for "Inverter Fan Work Around".
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