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Old 07-28-2015, 02:57 PM   #1
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Power problem

I have a 2001 fleet wood bounder 39z. I am having a no power issue with the microwave, front and rear tv and a couple wall outlets. They all work fine if I am unplugged. As soon as I plug in those items only have no power. I will then unplug shore and they come back on. My inverter does not show overload and I am not even running anything on that circuit. I am guessing it has something to do with my inverter because if I shut that off even when I am unplugged those are the same items that shut off. Any ideas please? I am new to this raving and am a newbie
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:10 PM   #2
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Your inverter supplies power from the batteries when you're not plugged in. When you plug in your shore cord or start the generator, the inverter should shift power to the 120 v shore power. Do a search for the make and model of inverter you have and see if they have a troubleshooting guide to help or call their tech support.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:16 PM   #3
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Welcome to iRV2.

Bob , has it pretty well covered, without your inverter brand info, anything we offer up will be an out & out guess.
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My inverter is a freedom combi with a hearth remote
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My inverter is a freedom combi with a hearth remote
An info in the users manual , about having to use the remote to switch from , inverter function to shore power ?
Do you know if this inverter was original equipment with the coach or added by a previous owner ?
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All original to the coach. Yes there is a button to turn on or off inverter but it does not make a difference
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All original to the coach. Yes there is a button to turn on or off inverter but it does not make a difference
Then , I would suspect , that the problem is some where that the switch controls, and when in the off position , a relay or other device in the inverter should be switching to allow shore; or gen set; power through.
That COULD be internal in the inverter. Different than my system so I can't be positive.
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:15 PM   #8
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Most "inline" inverters auto-transfer... just like a UPS.. IN fact Exactly like a UPS.. iF that is not happening it sounds like the transfer relay in the inverter is bad.

Easiest way to fix (Assuming warranty is not an option)

I have a 30 amp MANUAL transfer switch, this is a double pole double throw CENTER OFF switch. and you can not move from ON to ON without stopping at off first, Cost me 50 bucks, list price was 100 and that was 10 years ago.

Main power wire to INVERTER,, "Tap" it to one end of switch

Power line FROM inverter to sub panel connects to middle terminals (Black and white one side black other side white, Ground wire is common.

Inverter OUT connects to other end.

Swich in middle: nothing works.. Switch towared MAINs shore power works,, Switch toward INVERTER, Battery power works.

But frankly I'd want to fix the inverter. (I use that switch on a 15 amp branch circuit)
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You may be switching to shore power in the inverters internal transfer switch but not sending it power from the breaker panel.
I'm sure the shore power is not direct from the cord. Check for a tripped breaker, labeled inverter in or feed.
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I had an internal transfer switch stop working and I reset the inverter and the problem was resolved. I think the freedom transfer switch is replaceable.
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An invertor requires approx. 12V, if your batteries are low it will shut down until power reached it's cutoff minimal voltage. Also like stated an ATS could cause this problem. I had something similar and had to replace my ATS because 1 leg (contact) wasn't closing properly. Good luck..
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