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#1 michaelhillhouse

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 01:05 PM

We just purchased a 2003 Dutch Star and my question is how to access the 120 volt system when there aren't any controls or panels to switch the unit over? This isn't any converter that I'm used to seeing. such as the heart Interface, attached .

 

There are 2 converters ( or inverters) on the unit that are marked with the number 45 on them but was told they only convert the voltage to 12 volts from 120 volts?

 

I know this sounds dumb  but I'm trying to understand the unit and learn how to use it so we can watch TV or use the 120 volt appliances when we are dry camping without running the Generator.

 

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 02:59 PM

Without an inverter, you will not have 120 VAC without shore power or generator.

 

Best suggestion is to read the label (brand and model) of the two converter/inverters you saw.

 

From that we may be able to tell you how it is wired-- if indeed you have an inverter.


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Posted 22 June 2014 - 07:39 PM

I don't want to confuse the issue or insult your intelligence, but a converter changes AC to 12v and an inverter changes 12v to AC.  You should have either a converter/inverter, a stand alone converter and stand alone inverter, or an inverter/charger.  Newer models usually have the latter.  Have you tried calling Newmar?


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#4 michaelhillhouse

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 08:29 PM

The exact reason I was asking is because I don't know what I have and I have a tendency to get confused when thinking about the differences with the inverters and converters on the coaches today.

 

The systems I have used in the past was the Heart Interface at either 1000 and 2000 watts respectfully( and this system is different).

 

Calling Newmar is the next step but I thought  maybe somebody here had a system similar to mine and could help me determine what I had to do when dry camping.

 

Thanks Brett for the reply and as I said I am DUMB when determining the electrical systems that are found in the later model coaches but I find that asking questions I can usually learn something without having to screw something up 

 

Michael.


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Posted 22 June 2014 - 08:35 PM

Michael,

 

Sure, Newmar should be able to tell you what equipment you have and how to use it.

 

But, a "search" through the basement for make and model numbers may get you an answer today-- if that is important  (i.e. you are currently dry camping)!


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Posted 22 June 2014 - 08:48 PM

Brett,

Thank goodness we are at home, but I love to go to the Nascar Races where we have to dry camp for 4 or 5 days . We were thinking about going to the coast near Corpus Christi TX soon and I thought maybe somebody had a Dutch Star and had similar equipment with the System that has me confused . Tomorrow I am going out to the storage lot where the coach is parked and get the information off the equipment. Thanks for the reply I appreciate it 

 

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:48 AM

I called Newmar this morning and found out that the system is 2 stand alone converters and to use it Dry Camping I will have to install an Inverter to the system. I guess to save money I will use the generator to watch TV or the other electrical equip. and if we decide to Dry camp more we will have to modify the syst.  Thanks for the replies and have a great day to all


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