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Old 08-21-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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We just purchased our 2004 Dolphin yesterday. We can not get the TV in the front or back to come on because they are not getting power, nor is the DVD player. We have checked the circuit breaker. Any suggestions?
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We just purchased our 2004 Dolphin yesterday. We can not get the TV in the front or back to come on because they are not getting power, nor is the DVD player. We have checked the circuit breaker. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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Check the circuit breaker on the inverter. Mine keeps tripping. /take something like a ball point pin and push in on the red side.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dagwood:
Check the circuit breaker on the inverter. Mine keeps tripping. /take something like a ball point pin and push in on the red side. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Additionally, check invertor operation. If the unit has gone into an error mode, the indicator lights on the front of the unit will be flashing. Pushing the flush mounted membrane buttons will reset the unit. When you are connected to shore power, only the charge light should be illuminated.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-22-2008, 05:29 AM   #5
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Thanks for your suggestions, but where is the inverter located?
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On the Sea Breeze, same year, it is in the forward curb-side basement compartment. Ever where it is, there will be lots of wiring. If you have a 2000 watt inverter, it will be about 14" W X 7" H X 15" D. Also in that same compartment, there are probably 6 or 7 beakers. You should get a proper diagram for your coach, so when the time comes, you will know what breaker does what. These are COMPLETELY different breakers, than what you have in your AC and DC breaker box.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:44 AM   #7
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My 2001 Dolphin: Weird electrical setup...the INVERTER controls the power to the TV outlet(s)..also the "computer work station" outlet by the passenger (co-pilot) seat and the inside outlet by the entry door (where my small re-chargable vacuum is. I think it also can power the outlet that the coffee-maker is plugged into. The weird thing...is that the inverter also controls the 2 outlets in the BEDROOM! The front goes out...so does the rear! Go figure. Anyone know why this is?
Anyway, my inverter is located in the small(er) storage compartment just to the right of the entry door. Bolted to the left wall...right next to a bank of 12V fuses...and on the rear shelf is the CONverter.
I find that I cannot use a space heater with this circuit. It pops the INverter. Gotta go outside and push the small white button to re-set it.
If all is working the way its' supposed to, the inverter on/off switch is OFF...and the green light is on.
For an interesting story involving my inverter...see RV.net and research my thread "Thunder, Lightening and me"
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Old 08-30-2008, 04:32 PM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">My 2001 Dolphin: Weird electrical setup...the INVERTER controls the power to the TV outlet(s)..also the "computer work station" outlet by the passenger (co-pilot) seat and the inside outlet by the entry door (where my small re-chargable vacuum is. I think it also can power the outlet that the coffee-maker is plugged into. The weird thing...is that the inverter also controls the 2 outlets in the BEDROOM! The front goes out...so does the rear! Go figure. Anyone know why this is? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I would say it's because those items are of a pretty low current draw and some of the modern comforts of dry camping. Probably last you for a good part of the evening and be great for Wally World and Rest Stop camping.
This also sounds like a good bet for the OP's problem, unless.....naw, no ...can't be, but then again....
Surely they didn't wire those to a GFI somewhere. Are the bath and patio outlets OK?
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The GFI in the bathroom IS connected to the INverter. (and 3 other inside outlets.) The GFI in the kitchen does the outside outlet.

Duuuuuh......
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The GFI in the bathroom IS connected to the INverter. (and 3 other inside outlets.) The GFI in the kitchen does the outside outlet.

Duuuuuh...... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Just a way to get everything that's required to be ground fault protected, utilizing just two circuits. Everything costs money, ya know.
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I just got a 99 dolphin 5371. I am doing some repairs and i believe I do not have an inverter.Is that possible? It looks like nothing has been removed from the converter room but there is only 12 volt power except when running generator or when pluged in. I have been using 99 Tropical schematics but they have less wires. I would LOVE to find the Dolphin schematics.
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I don't think it ever had one. I basicly have the same coach and I don't have an inverter either. I have been considering a 2kw to feed the computer and entertainment outlets.
Check and see if there's a GFI feed somewhere, like in the bathroom or elsewhere. Is there anything else thats out?
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How did we....or our RVs ever survive without all this electronic wizardry????

WHY do we new NEED a INverter? Try to use it...and even the manual(s) that come with it say to be careful...they can drain the battery in a very short period of time. Then we're outta luck. Try to remove the INverter from the system and we have a kind of major rewiring job...to say nothing of a tortured spine getting TO that wiring.
If one needs "protection" for a laptop, for instance, and there is no INverter...just buy a power-strip-surge-protector....LOTS cheaper and even maybe better.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jerseyjim:
How did we....or our RVs ever survive without all this electronic wizardry????

WHY do we new NEED a INverter? Try to use it...and even the manual(s) that come with it say to be careful...they can drain the battery in a very short period of time. Then we're outta luck. Try to remove the INverter from the system and we have a kind of major rewiring job...to say nothing of a tortured spine getting TO that wiring.
If one needs "protection" for a laptop, for instance, and there is no INverter...just buy a power-strip-surge-protector....LOTS cheaper and even maybe better. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The purpose of an inverter is not to provide surge protection, but to produce 120vac from 12vdc and you're not required to use this power drain, especially when not running the generator or connected to shore power. Just act like you don't have one and you'll be in the same boat as those who don't, but if this a problem, come down to SW Florida for a snow break and I'll take it off your hands, free of charge.
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