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Old 04-23-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Unhappy Stolen inverter

My 2001 national surfside was a repo I purchased a few months ago... I just discovered the Xantrex inverter was taken out prior to me buying. All that is left are two heavy black wires, maybe #2 or so a #12 white wire and a flat wire with 4 tiny wires that lead to the switch inside. At the batteries is the other end of one of the black wires... If I buy a new inverter from Xantrex how does it go back together? And are those all the correct wires or are some missing?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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I wouldn't call that "stolen". Maybe the previous owner removed them before it was repo'ed, if so it's perfectly legal for them to remove anything they want.

Parents sold a house once on contract, had to take it back and found several stained/leaded glass windows were gone. Nothing they could do as it belonged to the buyer at the time they were removed. They had to take it back "as is".
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #3
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The "flat wire" (4 conductors) allows remote control of the inverter. This wire is terminated in an RJ-11 (the proverbial "telephone jack").

When you purchase a new Inverter/Charger, it will come with the monster-sized battery cables attached within .... and you just route these cables to + and - house-battery-bank posts.

Last: There is AC (alternating current 120V) input, and one (maybe 2) 120V outlet connections.

The user manual that comes with the Inverter/Charger will show precisely how this should all be hooked up.

Finally, to use your existing remote panel, you might have to purchase a used or refurbished Inverter. The "remote panel" technology changes every couple of years, and thus an older panel is not compatible with a newly manufactured Inverter.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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My 2001 national surfside was a repo I purchased a few months ago... I just discovered the Xantrex inverter was taken out prior to me buying. All that is left are two heavy black wires, maybe #2 or so a #12 white wire and a flat wire with 4 tiny wires that lead to the switch inside. At the batteries is the other end of one of the black wires... If I buy a new inverter from Xantrex how does it go back together? And are those all the correct wires or are some missing?
I believe the Surfside is a gas RV on a Ford chassis?

If so it probably is not a inverter/charger.

You should have a separate converter to charge your batteries when on shore or genset power. The inverter would have been an option or was installed after market.

The inverter would be a stand alone type, the 4 tiny wires should go to a remote switch located inside the RV and is for on/off operation only. The cable could be repaired with a RJ11 male connecter, or just replace the whole switch and cable.

The two 2 gauge wires should be traced to the battery + and - terminals. It is possible the negative cable is connected to chassis ground instead of the battery. Preferably it will be connected to the battery negative terminal.

The 12 gauge white wire should be grounded to the chassis.

All of the above wires should be checked for proper connections before you install a new inverter.
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Agree - it is unlikely that a 2001 Surfside had an inverter as original equipment, but it would have had a converter/charger.
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If you install a new Xantrex inverter note that they don't all use the same remote switch and you may have to buy a new one.
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