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Old 11-23-2019, 03:23 PM   #1
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Do I have an inverter?

I have a 2008 Southwind. How can I tell whether or not I have an inverter? From what I have read, there should be a disconnect switch somewhere but I can't find it.
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Old 11-23-2019, 03:45 PM   #2
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Plug something in, or turn on the TV,with no shore power.

If it works, you have an inverter.

Inverters take 12 volt DC and invert^ it up to 120 volt AC.
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:03 PM   #3
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I don't see anything in the 2008 Southwind sales brochure that says so, whether standard or optional. However, most coaches in that class have a small inverter that powers the tv and sound system so you can use them without shore power. With shore power unplugged and genset off, try turning on the microwave and see what happens. Then try the TV. I'm guessing the micro won't work but the tv will.


The battery or "main" 12v power disconnect switch will be near the entry door, usually immediately adjacent as you go in/out the door. However, some Fleetwood coaches put the switch in an overhead compartment above the door.



The sales brochure for your coach:

https://big.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspa...20190801124516
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I would be surprised if you didn't have an inverter. Your Southwind is one step up from our prior Bounder & it had an inverter. Our bedroom TV was powered by the inverter - there was even a little sticker on the wood framing stating such.

Look in the bays for a sliver box with MagnaDyne on it, as that's the brand used in that era. Photo of the one on our prior Bounder below. It was located in the 2nd bay, aft of the entry door. Sorry it's not so good a pic. Taken 13 years ago with a not so steady hand.

There wasn't a switch for it inside our Bounder.

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On my Bounder 35k I turn on the inverter by pressing the button on my Magnum charger that is near the steps. Only certain outlets are inverted so you have to try different ones.

BTW, I recommend turning OFF the inverter at nite. It seems to use alot of battery power even when nothing is on. My Magnum is supposed to go to a low power search mode if less then 5 Watts is needed, but I think the TVs pull more than that even when off. Plus if you have a Wally receiver it uses quite a bit even when off.
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Typically a tv-only inverter set-up doesn't have a switch - it's hardwired into the circuit. If the coach has a "whole house" inverter/converter/charger like the Magnum in Savn's Bounder, then it would have a switch and probably a remote control panel for it as well.


The Magnadyne unit in Lori's Bounder probably was probably for the entertainment gear only - tvs and such.
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...The Magnadyne unit in Lori's Bounder probably was probably for the entertainment gear only - tvs and such.
Correct. I was offering my scenario because the OP has a SW only 2 years newer than our Bounder. At least gives him a place to look. I don't think FW put whole rig inverters in the gassers back then. They could have, but don't think they did.

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Thanks. I have a few more questions:
-I have "Main" and "Aux" disconnect switches above the entry door. I assume the Main is for the 12V engine battery and Aux is for the 2-6V chassis batteries?
-If I have an inverter, does it use the 12V battery or the 6V batteries? Or all 3?
-If I have an inverter, it must be turned off because I think I have tried to turn on the tv before and nothing. But I will verify when I get to it again. I will definitely search in the bay for the MagnaDyne and switch - or something similar.
-I don't see any charger or inverter switches near the steps.
I will post back with what I find.
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Main= starter battery
Aux = chassis or coach batteries

The inverter should only be drawing from the coach batteries

If not turned off might be a blown fuse or bad connection.
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I'd be surprised if your 2008 coach doesn't have a small inverter for the TV, but it may be only the front tv. If not in the location Lori suggests, try the cabinet where the DVD (etc) is located. That's the other common spot for a small inverter. Some are installed "always on" and some may be switched.
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Both our front & rear TV's were on the inverter, but those were it, nothing else. Below is a pic of the little sticker on the wood frame of the bedroom TV indicating such. If the PO didn't take it off, you might look for that too, which will indicate you have an inverter.

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