I have a Forest River Rockwood Ultra-Lite 2306, and will be installing solar/inverter/batteries. My dad has installed the inverter I'm looking at in his camper, which has brought up some questions.
The inverter is an AIMS 2,000W True Sine with built in 30A transfer switch.
Also the remote panel.
One note, the unit ships with an ancient manual. Download the new one! The unit seems pretty decently built, and is a great value compared to many others.
However........with this inverter:
- it needs to be ON or standby to get any AC into the camper. Even when plugged into shore power, the inverter must be ON or standby. This seems weird.
- it also needs to be on or standby to get it to charge the batteries. Otherwise, it is just 100% off and won't charge.
Both of these behaviors seems odd. Both seem like they should happen automatically when plugged in, which is how my dad's original unit (dunno make/model anymore, sorry) worked.
I suppose to a degree this is just a difference of terminology. Standby is "off" and on is on. Off is for storage after removing the batteries. However, standby will be a parasitic load, as it's checking for an AC load every few (3 maybe?) seconds. Perhaps this would cause funkyness with low power draws like TVs, microwave (not running) and the like.
Just wondering what (if anything) we're missing. Is the behavior normal? Is there something different to do? Is anyone familiar with AIMS?
Thanks for any input.