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Old 03-27-2021, 09:53 AM   #1
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Inverter not behaving

I have a 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous. The inverter will not turn on. In addition we have a eco trek solar charger that is also "off". I have plugged in to shore power and the inverter won't turn on to accept shore power. I am a bit puzzled. I did just have the windshield replaced last week (Mercedes Sprinter). I have done all of the tricks I know and am looking for ideas.
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Are coach batteries enabled?
Is the inverter breaker/fuse popped? It may be on the back of the inverter.
Would also check all breakers/fuses at the power centre. Also MB chassis resettable breakers on the outside base of the passenger cab seat, if equipped.
Have any GFCI outlets been tripped?
The owner's manual for your rig mentions "inverter" at least 30 times throughout, so it's apparently a big part of the power systems, and as such could be affected by lots of other stuff.
Did the glass installers bump, pull, or disconnect anything under the hood while working on it? Maybe have a look for loose/disconnected cables.

Roadtrek kept a lot of their "Eco-Trek" technology secret, so it's probably going to require a call to their customer support centre, wherever that is now, if it's something related to those add ons/optional stuff. Do they still have an email address for their technical support? I used to use that method for Q&A before the "troubles".
Good luck with it.
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Old 03-27-2021, 11:50 AM   #3
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Are coach batteries enabled?
Is the inverter breaker/fuse popped? It may be on the back of the inverter.
Would also check all breakers/fuses at the power centre. Also MB chassis resettable breakers on the outside base of the passenger cab seat, if equipped.
Have any GFCI outlets been tripped?
The owner's manual for your rig mentions "inverter" at least 30 times throughout, so it's apparently a big part of the power systems, and as such could be affected by lots of other stuff.
Did the glass installers bump, pull, or disconnect anything under the hood while working on it? Maybe have a look for loose/disconnected cables.

Roadtrek kept a lot of their "Eco-Trek" technology secret, so it's probably going to require a call to their customer support centre, wherever that is now, if it's something related to those add ons/optional stuff. Do they still have an email address for their technical support? I used to use that method for Q&A before the "troubles".
Good luck with it.
Thank you for the quick reply. I followed your advice and everything seems "normal". I have checked the fuses and circuit breakers. It seems to me that the entire "roadtrek" portion of the vehicle is dead. I have had this before (batteries run down), but hooking up to shore power solved it. Not so this time. The 4 eco trek batteries still have power. When you turn them on and press the reset buttone, you usually hear a "thunk", thats when they are connecting to the inverter. Not so now.
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I have heard of the battery enable/disable solenoids failing. Maybe it's as simple as that. Problem is locating the source of the "clunk" or "click" when you cycle it enabled/disabled. Find that piece of equipent and you may find your problem. In my old Roadtrek, it was near the status panel, behind the wall. Approximately?

Suggest trying this question on ClassBForum.com - there's a lot of class B (older and newer Roadtreks, in particular) knowledge and experience over there. They're also a very helpful group. I lived on that forum when I had my Roadtrek. I would bet someone over there has had the same problem, and fixed it.
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I am on my third 3K inverter. Just installed the third one. Will be sending the 2nd bad one back for repairs. Will wait to see how much to repair to decide if worth it.
Plug in shore power and see if you are getting 110 volt input, if so turn on inverter and see if you are getting 110 V output. You will have to take off the input output cover to get at the leads.
I have the 110 V input but the inverter is not allowing the voltage to go the the output mode. Reason for a new inverter.
At least your batteries are still good. I am on my second set of batteries (4 200AH) now three of those are to low to take a charge. Will have to get 3 new batteries.

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I have a 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous. The inverter will not turn on. In addition we have a eco trek solar charger that is also "off". I have plugged in to shore power and the inverter won't turn on to accept shore power. I am a bit puzzled. I did just have the windshield replaced last week (Mercedes Sprinter). I have done all of the tricks I know and am looking for ideas.
Hi Greg,

I sent you a private message as well but wanted to post to the forum also. I have this exact same Roadtrek model and failure, i.e. no 12 VDC input to the inverter and no power or activity on the solar charger. As far as I know, there were no unusual conditions or changes prior to the failure, however, I was not present in the RV at the time. It was reported that everything was running fine in the 12v and 120v systems when it simply stopped working.

Any suggestions or updates are greatly appreciated.

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Have you measured the voltage at your batteries right at the battery post?
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Have you measured the voltage at your batteries right at the battery post?
Thanks. That's my next step.
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Just an FYI

I had responded to Scott by P.M. My solution was to change the "Roadtrek" installed battery that is located under the hood on the drivers side. That worked.
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