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Old 10-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Xantrex RS 3000 Problems

I have a Xantrex RS 3000 and the charger seems to have gone out. What inverter/charger would you recommend to replace this unit with?
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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Tough one, because if you change brands or even models, odds are you also have to change your remote control panel and maybe auto generator start panel (if you have one). Makes a changeover expensive. Cheaper to repair the old one, if parts can be found (or a tech willing to fix the circuit boards).

But if you want to replace it, I would probably go with a Magnum product rather than Xantrex. I have not been impressed with Xantrex products or their customer service.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:50 PM   #3
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Thanks, I've heard of problems with Xantrex. What Magnum model would you recommend? Is a pure sine model necessary? The Xantrex I have is a 3000 watt.
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Brinson,
How many house batteries do you have in your coach and do you have a residential refrigerator? If I were changing out to a new inverter, I would go ahead and get a pure sine wave since you will have fewer problems with some of your appliances, ice maker, etc. Also if you don't have the residential refrigerator and later decide to get one, you will be ahead of the game. I do know that Monaco placed some magnums in some of their coaches with auto start on the generator. I think over on the Monaco Owners forum, you may find someone who has done the conversion. Good luck and let us know what you end up doing.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:50 AM   #5
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I had mine repaired by one of their repair facilities (Costa Mesa, Ca). Here is a link from their site:

Warranty/Repair Help

I had the AC transfer board go out on mine. It cost a little over $300, which is a heck of a lot less than a new one. I had a Freedom 458.
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Are you sure it's broke? Just recently mine wasn't charging and going into overload fault with nothing turned on, I thought for sure a setting was off or something, customer service wasn't much help, but after turning off feed breaker and disconnecting batteries it started working again, maybe maybe not, but worth a try, good luck
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replys, I need to change my profile as I have since sold the Safari and purchased a 45' NRC Class 8 motorhome. I tow a 32' stacker race car trailer and it was just too much for the Safari. My new coach has 4 house batteries like none I have seen before. They are sealed 12 volt batteries and are very long. This problem started a few days ago when I was working on the coach a few days after a trip. I noticed the batteries were down to 6 volts and the 50 amp breaker was tripped(we did have some bad weather a few days before). I reset the breaker and reset the Xantrex and noticed while it indicated the bulk charge was on, after a few hours the batteries were still low. I unplugged the power supply and hooked up a battery charger from my shop just to get the batteries charged. They now read 13.3 volts with the Xantrex back online and indicating float charging. My plan is to leave it like this for a day or two and see if it will maintain the batteries. Is it possible that the batteries were so low that the Xantrex would not charge? Anyway, I agree that if I need to replace it I would go with a pure sine wave 3000 watt. Guess I need to post up some pics of my new beast!
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