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Old 09-03-2016, 11:50 AM   #1
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Bad Inverter?

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When not plugged into shore power if my coach lights work, but not the electrical outlets, and the house batteries are ok, does that automatically mean my inverter needs replacing? Thanks.
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Old 09-03-2016, 11:58 AM   #2
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Did they ever work or is this a new to you RV? I suspect a 99 vintage Bounder wouldn't have too many outlets energized by the inverter. Most likely, just the TV and VHS player.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:11 PM   #3
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Yes they worked when I was unplugged from the shore.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:52 PM   #4
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Some inverters have fuses (older units) or circuit breakers that may need to be reset. It could be that simple. Find the inverter and see if any lights are lit.
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A couple things to check to help figure out where the problem is:

- Measure with a voltmeter to see that there is 12-13V DC on the input to the inverter.
- Measure with a voltmeter to see if there is 120V AC on the output side of the inverter.
- Check for any error lights or tripped breakers on the inverter.

Based upon what you find there, should help point you to where the failure is.
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:01 PM   #6
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Check if a gfci is tripped disabling downstream outlets.
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Old 09-03-2016, 03:17 PM   #7
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Check and make sure you have an inverter. The inverter Maybe manual. Mine is. It may be a simple matter of turning it on When you don't have shore power . Your lights still work because they run directly off of 12 volt And the batteries. If you find the inverter And turn it on it will still only power some of the outlets in the coach.
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Thanks all for the input. I'll check it out.
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Just thought of something I should have mentioned earlier.

Some coaches have their electrical outlets split, some powered by the inverter and others not. In my coach, the outlets on the PS are on the inverter, the ones on the DS are not....so those DS only work when on shorepower/generator.
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Several good responses here. I will add one more (may not be good). On my coach I have a separate breaker box for the outlets powered by the inverter. Mine is in my front passenger side bay. Could be you have another breaker box and need to reset the breakers.

My first vote would be the GFCI.
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All gfci are set correctly. In fact, all outlets work when on shore power but none work when unplugged.
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Some systems and their inverters will only power a few outlets (e.g. Front cab area)
Really depends on your model. Check with manufacturer
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Would help to know the inverter model and size.

Assume you've checked the breakers on the inverter.

Since your outlets work on shore power and if you have a separate breaker box for those outlets, then you can assume the separate breakers are OK.

The larger inverters have a transfer switch to pass shore power or to switch to inverter power. Could be the inverter transfer switch is bad.
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