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Old 01-20-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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Here is my problem. If I charge the batteries with the genset I cannot run any other electrical appliance, water heater ect in the coach. Yesterday I started the genset and ran 2 A/C's, the convection oven and the electric water heater. The generator handled the load no with no problem. I shut everything off but the convection oven and atarted charging the batteries and we went off-line. At the time the charger was at a rate of 20 DC amps. Even if we are at less than 10DC amps and try to run an appliance, we still fall off line. It sounds like the converter charger is triping.

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Here is my problem. If I charge the batteries with the genset I cannot run any other electrical appliance, water heater ect in the coach. Yesterday I started the genset and ran 2 A/C's, the convection oven and the electric water heater. The generator handled the load no with no problem. I shut everything off but the convection oven and atarted charging the batteries and we went off-line. At the time the charger was at a rate of 20 DC amps. Even if we are at less than 10DC amps and try to run an appliance, we still fall off line. It sounds like the converter charger is triping.

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Be sure to check all cable connections to assure you do not have a breakdown under load. Also check connections in the transfer switch. Are you loosing 12 volt DC or 120 volt AC?
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Mike,

Last time we plugged into shore power we were fine. Although I didn't try running all the appliances. On inverter power or 12 volt power the batteries seem to hold up fine.

I will check all the cable connections.

When the genset falls off-line, I hear a click from the inverter/charger. Even then the genset doesn't rev up when it kicks out. Everything resets immediately. Lights blink off and back on when this happens.
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20A DC is only about 2A AC so you have a problem with the wiring to the converter which is unique to the generator since you can run the converter on shore power.
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Tom & Patty, the generator only puts out 120 volts AC. All lights are 12 volt DC. When you say the generator goes off line, does it trip a circuit breaker; or are you just loosing a connection through the transfer switch or inverter/charger? Remember most (if not all) large inverter have their own transfer switch. Do you have the owners manual for the inverter? Check to see what perameters you have the inverter set up for and get back to us with some more info. Thanks
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Mike,

I'll get more info. It does sound like the click is coming from the Freedom inverter/charger. The lights that blink off and on are our 120 volt lights, plus the convection oven turns off. There is an interruption of 120v power. Again this only happens when the batteries are charging.

I'm thinking that Jim is right, that it must be a charger, battery, wiring problem.

I replaced the batteries last year and have never changed the settings on the inverter. Old and new batteries are wet.

But again, I can charge the batteries, just not use anything else at the same time that draws amps (micro/convev oven/ elec water heater)in the coach.

We will be out again this weekend and I'll check all connections.

Thank you again for your help.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom and Patty:
Mike,

I'll get more info. It does sound like the click is coming from the Freedom inverter/charger. The lights that blink off and on are our 120 volt lights, plus the convection oven turns off. There is an interruption of 120v power. Again this only happens when the batteries are charging.

I'm thinking that Jim is right, that it must be a charger, battery, wiring problem.

I replaced the batteries last year and have never changed the settings on the inverter. Old and new batteries are wet.

But again, I can charge the batteries, just not use anything else at the same time that draws amps (micro/convev oven/ elec water heater)in the coach.
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Tom and Patty,

I have found that my Freedom inverter will loose its setting once the batteries are removed and reconnected.

Recheck the inverter settings particularly the setting which limits the Freedoms' ac current input from any ac source such as the gen.


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