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Old 12-18-2012, 07:12 PM   #15
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Hi pawnotes,
My inverter is never turned off. The hardest task an electrical appliance does is turn on (boot up). I see no reason having to remember to turn on/off an inverter. Consider turning it on and leaving it on.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:28 AM   #16
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So you can leave your inverter/ converter off and it will still keep the batteries topped off?
My mate had his fry on his 48' Maritimo and the bill was $6500au
He was unimpressed.
There is a charger and an inverter, both in the same box, and both with separate switches. Assuming things are working correctly there is no reason to turn the charger off. The inverter is subjective.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:11 AM   #17
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A lot depends on the inverter/converter.. Mine, as an example, has a switch that is on the device itself and more on a "remote panel" and yet another optional "Remote" switch.

The on-device and optional remotes .. OFF is OFF, and I mean OFF it acts like it has been removed from the RV, no current flows to/from the batteries, No power passes through to the loads.

This switch is left on at all times.

The remote has the ability to force Standby on either the inverter, the converter or both, IN my case I have an alternative converter which I like a lot, this is the one I coose to use keeping the Prosine's as backup.

The inverter module I normally leave on save on Sunday Morning when I turn it off to conserve batteries cause we are not recording anything Sunday Morning and I need the power later in the day.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:40 AM   #18
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I've got a Xantrex inverter

In thinking off is off on the remote.
Ill gave to check it out next time in close
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:32 AM   #19
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I wish I had the converter that some guy stripped from my MH before I bought it. Always get a second opinion.

There are many systems out there and none of them are exactly the same.

Here are some basics: Coach batteries, a way to keep the batteries charged, shore power connection, genset, converter.

Some of the above are combined in one unit.

Here is mine at this writing, three batteries, a smart charger from WFCO, a converter (modified sine wave), AGS from Magnum Energy, Onan QD 7.5 KW, 50 amp shore power.

The coach is fully electric, only use the gas furnace when the temp outside falls below 30. Otherwise use baseboards, one small box heater in the bath.

Changes to the system that are planned: a 2000 watt 4000 watt surge pure sine wave converter. The one I have is hard on electronics. a 65 amp smart charger. Maybe a automatic transfer switch.

The genset will carry the load (but will not produce 220 vac) need shore power for that. The AGS will start the genset for two reasons, to warm in the coach and it needs AC (have a dog) battery voltage is low. The converter will run 110 vac needs when not on shore power the space heat comes from the gas heater.

The transfer switch is just a lazy addition for the owner (dont have to go outside and plug in the genset. Larger charger will carry both the batteries and any additional 12 volt loads.

When I have more money than cents I may replace the genset with a commerical copy. The commerical copy produces 220vac in the same package.

Make sure the person who works on yours understands your system, give him the time to study just what you have. If he replaces any expensive parts make sure he understands that he will have to return the old parts. If he understands just what you have he won't mind doing this. I am not sure I am a fan of running a coach on a converter but what do I know? Onan uses a converter to produce the 120 vac from the QD genset. While I an on the subject of the Onan genset it should come up to voltage before it is loaded. That was not done in my RV and it destroyed the Microwave readout to the tune of $75.00 for the part only. It now has a two pole contactor with a delay timer on it. It is about a minute and a half after the genset starts before the coach is connected to the genset.
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I wish I had the converter that some guy stripped from my MH before I bought it. Always get a second opinion.

There are many systems out there and none of them are exactly the same.

Here are some basics: Coach batteries, a way to keep the batteries charged, shore power connection, genset, converter.

Some of the above are combined in one unit.

Here is mine at this writing, three batteries, a smart charger from WFCO, a converter (modified sine wave), AGS from Magnum Energy, Onan QD 7.5 KW, 50 amp shore power.

The coach is fully electric, only use the gas furnace when the temp outside falls below 30. Otherwise use baseboards, one small box heater in the bath.

Changes to the system that are planned: a 2000 watt 4000 watt surge pure sine wave converter. The one I have is hard on electronics. a 65 amp smart charger. Maybe a automatic transfer switch.

The genset will carry the load (but will not produce 220 vac) need shore power for that. The AGS will start the genset for two reasons, to warm in the coach and it needs AC (have a dog) battery voltage is low. The converter will run 110 vac needs when not on shore power the space heat comes from the gas heater.

The transfer switch is just a lazy addition for the owner (dont have to go outside and plug in the genset. Larger charger will carry both the batteries and any additional 12 volt loads.

When I have more money than cents I may replace the genset with a commerical copy. The commerical copy produces 220vac in the same package.

Make sure the person who works on yours understands your system, give him the time to study just what you have. If he replaces any expensive parts make sure he understands that he will have to return the old parts. If he understands just what you have he won't mind doing this. I am not sure I am a fan of running a coach on a converter but what do I know? Onan uses a converter to produce the 120 vac from the QD genset. While I an on the subject of the Onan genset it should come up to voltage before it is loaded. That was not done in my RV and it destroyed the Microwave readout to the tune of $75.00 for the part only. It now has a two pole contactor with a delay timer on it. It is about a minute and a half after the genset starts before the coach is connected to the genset.
If you're installing a Magnum PSW, I'm assuming its a MS-2012? If so, why have a standalone charger?
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