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Old 08-14-2014, 07:01 PM   #1
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Inverter?

we went from class c to a. its a 2015 fw excursion with a residental frig. miss file the inverter info so my ? is have a control up in the cupboard were the other controls are do i have to turn it on every time i unplug to run frig and i wonder what it all runs? and should i turn gen on auto? will be calling fleetwood to ask but couch is in repair small warenty stuff any info would be great.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:47 PM   #2
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I leave my inverter on all the time - it automatically starts inverting when shore or generator power is not available. Otherwise it is idle.

Yes, the inverter needs to be on to run the fridge if no external power (genset or shore).

Whether the genset should be on auto (auto gen start?) is a personal choice. I don't with mine because I seldom want it to auto-start, but I know folks who do. Some campgrounds don't allow generators to run at all, and others have restrictions. And at home I usually don't want it firing up either, in case I'm not around.
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I turn my inverter on only when I'm going to use it...if you want power to the refer when on the road, you'll need it to be on. Some folks run with no power to the refer due to the excellent insulation. The auto gen start will not come on if you have shore power. I turn mine on when travelling, so if the batteries run down (for some reason) the gen will come on to charge them. The AGS has only started the gen once...it was 8 degrees and the Aqua Hot had been running and the batteries needed charging.
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thanks for reply new to inverter didn,t know if had to be on to charge batteries.have list of ? when i call fw trying to fig out mh. are old class c when going down road would charge batteriers i know at night i run a cpap so want batteries charge when we go to bed but will leave gen on auto
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Many inverters always charge and provide 12v to the coach system, and the "off" button controls only the "invert" function. Some, e.g. Magnum inverters, can completely shut down with the Off button, or have two "off" positions, one for inverting and one for charging & 12v. Generally, though, you can just leave the inverter on except when placing the rig in storage.
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I might be saying the same thing as Gary...

I have an inverter/charger with two buttons in the coach. One is on/off for the charger function, the other is on/off for the inverter function. I always leave the charger on and always leave the inverter off...unless it is need to provide some AC power while on the road.
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I always leave the charger on and always leave the inverter off...unless it is need to provide some AC power while on the road.
That is exactly what I do.
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thanks i guess i better get manual to see what i have
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Regardless of the number of on/off buttons, it still doesn't hurt to leave them on, except in storage when you have no shore power available. If the coach is plugged in, you can leave the inverter on.
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i have a on off save button a menu home button and a save and home right know it says status float.thanks for info in storage do i have to turn disconnect to off or just shut it off .
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What is the brand name on the display panel? It's difficult to answer questions without knowing the make & model of inverter/display panel you have and thus the function of the buttons. Since you described only one "off" button, it is probably only for the inverter function and can be turned off and left off, i.e. the batteries will still charge ok. But without knowing the inverter panel brand and model, that's just a guess.

The battery disconnect is used (turned to off) only when storing the RV without electrical hook-ups. Leave it on otherwise.
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If you do not have the manual. Get the make and model and

Google: Make Model Manual

Where make and model are the make and model of the device you need a manual for... Often it takes you directly there,
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Regardless of the number of on/off buttons, it still doesn't hurt to leave them on, except in storage when you have no shore power available. If the coach is plugged in, you can leave the inverter on.
Why leave it on if it will not be used?

I have a Magnum Energy, Model MS2012. This is from my manual:

"Turning The Inverter ON: Press on/off Inverter pushbutton to activate the inverter function. The inverter will be "inverting" or will be ''searching." If Inverting it will be converting 12v to AC power. If searching it will be searching for a load by using very little power from the batteries."

There is also a "Standby" mode. In this mode, shore power is available and this external AC power is passing through the inverter to power AC loads. If AC power is lost, the inverter senses this and goes to the inverter mode to power AC loads.
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