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Old 08-22-2017, 11:50 AM   #1
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Turn off inverter

I am switching off all four of my battery cut off switches but stil have a drain. I suspect that it is the inverter. Is there a switch to turn that off? Thanks.
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:54 AM   #2
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I'm no expert on these systems, but mine has two breakers on the front left that supply AC to the coach. Don't know about DC in.
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There should be a disconnect switch somewhere on the input side of the inverter. If not you will need to install a disconnect switch. I have one in my 2014 36LA Allegro. It's mounted on the basement wall near the inverter.
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Mike,
Do I put the switch in the positiv or negative side?
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If you add a switch--do it on the positive side. Varies by brand of coach and inverter, but most manufacturers wire the inverter directly to the bats--fused but no switches. Many inverters have a menu option that will put the inverter in "sleep" mode or hibernate. Issue with hidden draws in inverters is that many use a small fan that runs 24/7 to keep moisture out of the unit.
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Thanks Old Scout,
I will have the switch put on the positive side. Incidentally, how old do you have to be to be called OLD Scout? Just curious.
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OK--you got me! I am in my early 60s but once inherited an "old" 1963 International Harvester "Scout" 800 from my father-in-law. Brought it back to life and used it as a hunting vehicle for several years. Kind of weird but I picked the name as my moniker when I joined IRV2 [smile].....
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I am switching off all four of my battery cut off switches but stil have a drain. I suspect that it is the inverter. Is there a switch to turn that off? Thanks.
I don't know what inverter controller you have, but on both Magnums I have had there is a button that turns off the inverter. If I leave mine on, it will drain the battery in a few days. If I turn it off, the batteries will stay up for three to four weeks without any problem.
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Mike,
Do I put the switch in the positiv or negative side?
I didn't install a inverter shut off switch. It came with my 2014 Allegro 36LA. I would install a cutoff switch on the positive side on the input if I didn't have one already. I installed a battery disconnect switch on my old Winnebago on the positive output side of the battery bank. It was a heavy duty knife style switch that mounted directly onto the positive terminal of the house battery. Bought it at RV service center. Can also find one at a Marine parts store. When opened the batteries were disconnected from everything in the coach. Used it when putting the coach in storage.
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Mike,
I did not install a switch. I just take off the positive wire from the inverter. It just involves removing one 1/2 inch nut. No more battery drain. Thanks for your input.
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I don't know what inverter controller you have, but on both Magnums I have had there is a button that turns off the inverter. If I leave mine on, it will drain the battery in a few days. If I turn it off, the batteries will stay up for three to four weeks without any problem.
There is still significant draw on the Magnums when "Off". The fact that there is an electronic button that still works says all the electronics are active not only in the panel but in the inverter as well. Either add enough solar to compensate or a battery switch in-line. I've done both.. the battery switch is there as an emergency cutoff incast there is ever a catastrophic failure in the Magnum
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