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Old 05-04-2013, 05:04 AM   #1
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How to turn inverter on on Winnebago

Hi all, sorry if this question is stupid. We are new owning an Itasca Meridian 36 m. Yesterday we took it for a weekend out. The refregerator was off. It stayed off until we turn the generator on while driving. I thought the inverter with AGM batteries should keep the residential frig on. Do i need to turn the inverter on? Or should it start automatically.
Driving with generator on was ok except the fume was coming inside a bit.

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Old 05-04-2013, 05:27 AM   #2
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It should have a on and off on the control panel. You also should not smell exhaust driving down the road.

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Old 05-04-2013, 07:49 AM   #3
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I would read the manual about the inverter, because it's not a simple on/off switch. It's not complicated; it just be better to read it first.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:58 AM   #4
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Unless its a residential type fridge, you shouldn't need the inverter either. The typical RV fridge runs on either 120v electric or LP gas and switches to LP mode automatically when no electric is available. It may also be that the fridge is not plugged into an outlet that is served by the inverter, so won't run in 120v electric mode except from generator or shore power.

Since you didn't mention the year of your Meridian, the make or type of fridge, or any other details, it is hard to make suggestions because we don't know what you have. The configuration of the inverter power system and the type of fridge makes a big difference in what should work and how to do it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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Hi again all. Thanks. Found the on/off switch on the controls panel as you mentioned. It is a resisential frige, and all should be ok now. I was also wondering why we smell the generator fume inside.
Btw this is a 2013 Meridian.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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If you have any vents or windows open, you may pull in fumes from the Genny. If (Like our Meridian) you have a dryer vent but no drier attached, it will also create a vent when moving.

It would also be good to inspect your Genny exhaust system for any damage.

Be aware that the Genny does not have emission controls; therefore the exhaust is quite stinky.

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