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Old 01-18-2012, 06:39 AM   #15
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On our Coach now the inverter turns off when the genset is running or when it is pluged into shore.. On our last coach we left it on all the time till it burnt up . The replacement cost has made me a true believer in turning it off when not being used..

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Old 01-18-2012, 08:46 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by dons2346
Inverters are power hogs. When off grid, and you don't need to run any 110 vac appliances, leave it off.
I agree! Our inverter runs baseline 2.5 amps/hr. We keep it off unless we need it. No need to have that extra power drain while boondocking if you're not using it, and no reason to keep it on while hooked up.

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The only time I hav really boondocked in the monaco was at chicagoland speedway last september. We were there for 5 days.
I left the inverter on all the time.
I ran the genny in the morning, for as long as it took to go into float, couple hours generally.

I had no power problems, had what I needed always.

I can run the microwave on the inverter, but try to avoid it. It scares me to death when the panel shows I'm pulling 200 amps out of thebbatteries.
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I leave the inverter on all the time, even when stored beside the stick house. Batteries lasted 9 years but last week I had to replace the dual 950 CCA starting batteries and found that the Interstate U-2200's are bulging so now to find new ones!.
Found T-105's for $110 each locally and Costco has theirs for around $90. For that difference I might just get the T-105's
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:31 PM   #19
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Roger. I have a 3000 watt, xantrex sine wave inverter. I can turn on and off, the inverter and the charger. I assume, you have an inverter/charger.
If I have the Inverter turned on, it will supply power to everything, except the A/C's and Water Heater. When I start the genset, or plug in to shore power, the transfer switch goes to the shoreline, and the inverter will shut down, still showing that I have it switched on. If I have the charger section switched on, it will charge the batteries while on shore power or Gen power. When I shut down the genset, or unhook the shore power. the inverter takes over and the transfer switch will revert to inverter. I can also put it in Safe Mode, but then I have no power to anything, even if plugged in. Even with no load, at all, the inverter takes a little power, but not enough to make me shut it all down. I usually never have a no load condition anyway. DirecTiVo won't record anything if it's not running...
If you have selected the inverter "on" option, it will not be on if you are plugged in.
It may have an option to shut down the charger section too, but not sure, but when you are plugged in (or running the genset) it will either be charging and,or not inverting.
As for the Microwave, If you have a sinwave Inverter, and it's big enough, by all means, heat that coffee or TV dinner, it Won'thurt it a bit. Mine sounded a little louder on the Modified Sine wave I use to have, but it never quit. I'm sure the manufacturers check to see it the things they are adding to their coaches, will work with MSW inverters or not, I mean come on, imagine the warranty claims

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