Inverter Keeps Running Won't Stop
Posted 09 July 2011 - 08:21 PM
Why is it still running?
Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:19 AM
By the way, there is no need for the 15 amp cord if the generator is running. Your generator will provide all the power you need to run your air conditioners. The system is set up to accept power from only one input at a time. If you are plugged into shore power, that is where your electric is coming from. The generator will run but its power is not being used. When you unplug from shore power, then the system automatically switches over to use generator power. When you shut the generator down, the inverter starts providing power from your batteries. Then if you plug in to shore power, the inverter stops inverting and starts charging the batteries. The system functions to accept power from only one source at a time, shore power, generator or batteries. Shore power trumps all. If no shore power, generator trumps batteries. If no shore power or generator, then the inverter is using battery power.
Your 15 amp power supply was running your air conditioner. One air conditioner uses about 12 to 13 amps so yes, your extension cord would be a little warm. If you were using your heavy duty main power cord, it should not have been warm unless it was lying in the sun! The conversion plug where you plugged into the 15 amp power supply may have been a little warm. I would mention that in most modern home wiring systems only the lighting circuits are on 15 amp breakers. Most outlet circuits are on 20 amp circuits with 20 amp breakers.
If you are storing your motor home, it would be a good idea to keep it plugged into that shore power source. Make sure all appliances are turned off, there will be a few energy users you can't shut off, detectors and monitors but they use very little electricity. Having the inverter charger powered from shore power allows it to keep the batteries charged so you are ready to go for your next trip. You might want to unplug the audio video electronics as they typically draw some power in a standby mode. You might be able to identify the AC circuit that supplies power to your audio video electronics and shut that circuit off at the breaker rather than unplugging all the devices individually.
In almost 10 years living in our motor home full time, we never shut off our inverter. When we are in a campground, the inverter is on, keeping the batteries charged. When we unplug at a campground we have the inverter on. On the road we have AC power, no need to reset clocks. We can listen to music from the CD player. When the batteries get low or we need the air conditioners we run the generator while on the road. When we're back in a campground we plug in again. We always have 120V AC power on in our coach. Now that we have a house again, I keep the motor home plugged in all the time. We're in and out for one reason or another and it is handy to have the electric ready to go when I want to use it. Meanwhile, the inverter is keeping our batteries in tip-top shape.
I have talked to people who never use their inverter. I figure it is one of the great conveniences that our motor home offers and I use it to the max.
Tom and Louise Butler
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:59 AM
Thanks again, these forums are great.
Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:41 AM
How can I locate an inverter in my RV?
Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:00 AM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:03 AM
No, many RV's do not have an inverter. Because of the variations in how they are wired in an RV, you may just have to search for one. They can range from a small inverter to, say, power a TV to a large one that can power things like a microwave.
Does all RVs have an Inverted?
How can I locate an inverter in my RV?
Older and lower end coaches generally did not come standard with inverters, but many did install one. They also often require a larger than OE battery banks.
Brett and Dianne Wolfe
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:58 AM
pleas tell me more about how to know if I have one...and if i don't who can install one...a mechanic?
approximately how much will it cost
Posted 07 February 2012 - 09:34 AM
Coachmen RV Company Customer Service
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P. O. Box 30
Middlebury, Indiana 46540
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