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Old 08-07-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Unhappy Freedom 458 inverter/charger problems

We have a 2000 Tradewind and for the past year we have had problems with our Freedom 458 series inverter/charger. When plugged into Shore Power either 30 amp or 50 amp anything that is plugged into an inverter outlet, TV, SAT, Micro/Convection Oven, etc will turn off periodically usually on a daily basis and if we are patient it will eventually come back on. 1. We check the main 30 or 50 amp breaker and it's okay 2. Remote panel shows RED the batteries discharged 3. Eventually power comes back on. We have a new transfer switch, new wire to remote, new batteries (4) 6 volts. Inverter still works, charger still works but comes and goes. Then our Micro/Convection oven also went out completely (not sure if this is related). We got so fed up with it this last trip we bought extension cords and plugged TV and SAT into Shore Power outlets just to get through our trip. Does anyone out there in RV land have any idea what the problem is?? We need help! Hopefully there is some expert out there with the wisdom to help us figure this out.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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go to the Freedom 458 web site and download the manual. 7 or 8 pages.

Once you do the set procedure maybe some of your problems will stop. Mine did.

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Old 08-08-2012, 03:56 AM   #3
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It sounds as though you have an intermittent voltage supply to the inverter. This could be in the distribution panel or the junction made in the inverter itself. Suggest you pull the cover off and look for these loose; possibly burnt connections. Good luck and keep us posted.
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I went into Freedom 458 and found a manual that is 50 pages long is the one you are referring to? Thank you
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Thank you RV Wizard, we will try this, we need to get it figured out before the end of Aug or buy a new one but would like to fix it rather than spend the $$$ for a new one. I will keep you updated
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:44 PM   #6
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I am currently having my Freedom 458 repaired due to a failed circuit board inside the inverter/charger. Probably failed due to the high temps we have seen in our area. I was told that the repair will probably be about $300 which his about 25% of a new unit. I was told by a Xantrex technician to not have a RV dealer work on the unit because most do not really understand inverter/chargers. You can go online to find your nearest repair center and call to get a MRA (Material Return Autorization) number to be able to send it in.

Snyder Electric has bought out Xantrex.
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My 458 did the same thing,had to un parallel the batteries, ran on generator, so the 458 could bring battery voltage above 11 and charge each half separately (still bulged new batteries). Later had to change out 458.
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We have checked all the connections and tightened everything and the inverter still goes out periodically. We now have the shore power unplugged and are waiting to see if it goes off again, if it does we are probably going to buy a new inverter/charger.
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If you have a multi meter check your battery voltage. When rv power dies look at you inverter,to see if the red light is blinking overload/overheat. If voltage is low ~10.6-11 volts then your charger is pulling too many amps. I did what I said earlier and that fixed my problem once I charged the batteries fully. The reason I changed my 458 was no transfer to invert mode with power loss.
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We have checked all the connections and tightened everything and the inverter still goes out periodically. We now have the shore power unplugged and are waiting to see if it goes off again, if it does we are probably going to buy a new inverter/charger.
Look...the inverter changes DC to AC. Your outlets are AC. The microwave is AC. When on shore power...which is AC...there is no inverting going on there. The AC should be passed thru. If not, the 458 has a problem...likely in the AC board. Pay $1400 for a new unit or fix yours. The choice is yours, unless you are in a hurry. After a year putting up with this problem, it doesn't sound that way. Just sayin.....
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Thank you

We have ordered a new 458 should be here Monday, wish us luck, hope that is the problem. You all have been a big help and thanks for the support.
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