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Old 07-04-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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Inverter problem

I have a 2012 Interstate. i had it plugged into my house 15 amp circuit. Turned on the air conditioner and it worked for a minute or so then stopped. It tripped the breaker in my home but also the Tripp Lite wnet off. The manual said tuen off whatever caused the overload (which I did) turn the Tripp Lite switch to off and wait a minute or so then turn back on. The unit comes on but only for about 10 seconds or so and then goes back off. I checked the breaker switch for the inverter and it is on. Any ideas of what I can do to get it back on?
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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I think you need at least a 30 amp power source. Jim
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:21 PM   #3
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I understand that now but my problem is i cant get the inverter to come back on even without the air conditioner or anything else on.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #4
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Do you mean the Converter? Is there 120 volt AC power to the Converter? The circuit breaker must be turned off and then back on if it is tripped.
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As above, be sure you have cycled the breaker off and then on manually. Can you get to where the converter is plugged in easily? You could check at that location and see if you are getting power to the inverter. You could plug the inverter into a long extension cord to the house to check it.
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Thanks. I will try that.
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Your most likely answer.....

The automatic transfer switch.


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Does the Interstate use an automatic transfer switch? Of the same model as the trailer?

Looking for a pattern here, if there is one. Improper power sources, low voltage input, an unprotected transfer switch design, or simply inadequate transfer switch are among suspects, or some combination of these.

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Your most likely answer.....

The automatic transfer switch.
Probably not. The transfer switch in a motorhome is designed to switch between the generator and the shore power, and defaults to shore power. In this case he was using only shore power, so the transfer switch wouldn't factor in, unless it just happened to die at that moment.
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Still haven't resolved this but have a call into Airstream and Tripp Lite technical support. I read the Tripp Lite manual and did what was recommended. The manual said if it continues to shut off call Tripp Lite for consultation. I will let you know what I hear. Thanks for your help.
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I found that turning the inverter on after the shore power is plugged in prevents my 20 amp GFI from tripping.
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Inverter

Crain RV told me not to run the inverter when running the generator and the A/
C.

That would be a problem when someone wanted to watch a movie and be cool.

Apparently, The gen is just enough for the A/C unit. The rear A/C is the only thing that could have been designed better.

I have over the road trucks that have a "Night" system. That is a A/C system running off of batteries that are charged while running with the tractor's alternator.

They use four 12 volt deep cycle batteries.
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I have over the road trucks that have a "Night" system. That is a A/C system running off of batteries that are charged while running with the tractor's alternator.

They use four 12 volt deep cycle batteries.
...and a running tractor trailer engine.
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The "Night" system runs on battery alone for 8 hours. So running down the road on battery and recharging from the alternator is no problem.

Camping at night it runs on battery alone.
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