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Old 07-03-2013, 01:04 AM   #15
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Can't you just turn the inverter/charger off? On my 2010, I have a Tripp-Lite inverter/charger and it has an off position on the switch.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:59 AM   #16
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Jquayle, we have the same year Interstate (2013) with the same problem (I too have the Tripp-Lite Inverter). I also live in CA and tried using the A/C for the first time in this heat wave. I called the dealer today, and they had a 2012 Interstate in the shop and that one turned the compressor on within a minute of turning on the generator. Lewster may be right in that our generators may not be outputting enough amps. The dealer said that they will call Airstream (Jim) tomorrow and let me know. I'll keep you posted. Thanks
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Oh, and in today's test, the compressor never kicked on even after running the generator for a half hour. This is intolerable.
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Can't you just turn the inverter/charger off? On my 2010, I have a Tripp-Lite inverter/charger and it has an off position on the switch.
Apparently that doesn't stop the batteries from charging. It just kills the 120v outlets.
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Jquayle, we have the same year Interstate (2013) with the same problem (I too have the Tripp-Lite Inverter). I also live in CA and tried using the A/C for the first time in this heat wave. I called the dealer today, and they had a 2012 Interstate in the shop and that one turned the compressor on within a minute of turning on the generator. Lewster may be right in that our generators may not be outputting enough amps. The dealer said that they will call Airstream (Jim) tomorrow and let me know. I'll keep you posted. Thanks David
I wonder if had been sitting connected to shore power for days and then they pulled it and started the generator.

I don't think the problem is the gen isn't putting out the proper power. If you watch the gauge you'll see it go over max amps when the condenser kicks on.

If the gen says it's running at 9-10 amps without the ac, the. It's not going to be able to run the condenser without going over.

Fire up yours and see what it's outputting when you think everything is off.
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Apparently that doesn't stop the batteries from charging. It just kills the 120v outlets.
My Tripp-Lite has a 3 position switch;
Auto Invert-Off-Charge Only. In Iff I'm pretty sure the batts aren't charging.
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My Tripp-Lite has a 3 position switch;
Auto Invert-Off-Charge Only. In Off I'm pretty sure the batts aren't charging.
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My Tripp-Lite has a 3 position switch; Auto Invert-Off-Charge Only. In Iff I'm pretty sure the batts aren't charging.
Didn't matter if I shut it off at the switch. (Again, as I recall from my conversation with airstream directly) the Tripp-lite will still charge the batteries regardless of how you set the switch.

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[QUOTE="wayneskid;1321779"] My Tripp-Lite has a 3 position switch; Auto Invert-Off-Charge Only. In Iff I'm pretty sure the batts aren't charging.[/QUOTE

It didn't matter how if I turned it off from the switch on the Tripp lite either (the one on the front, under the bench)

again, from what I recall a year ago with my conversation directly with airstream, that unit will always charge the batteries as a first priority. That charging feature is not affected by the switch.
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My Tripp-Lite has a 3 position switch;
Auto Invert-Off-Charge Only. In Iff I'm pretty sure the batts aren't charging.
Thanks Wayne. I'll try testing it with the inverter switch in the off position, but that 3 position switch is under the rear seat (not on the remote panel). I leave the rear seat in the bed position with a mattress topper, so it would be a real PITA to switch the inverter off every time I needed to use the a/c. I'm pretty sure the switch position is not the problem because I tested the a/c while plugged in to 20 amp shore power last night for a couple hours and it worked as it should. The system drew 17 amps when in this configuration. I can't imagine the charge controller acting differently when running on generator vs shore power, or would it?
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Oh, and in last nights test while plugged in, I turned on both televisions while the a/c cycled on and off - as I imagined it should.
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Thanks Wayne. I'll try testing it with the inverter switch in the off position, but that 3 position switch is under the rear seat (not on the remote panel). I leave the rear seat in the bed position with a mattress topper, so it would be a real PITA to switch the inverter off every time I needed to use the a/c. I'm pretty sure the switch position is not the problem because I tested the a/c while plugged in to 20 amp shore power last night for a couple hours and it worked as it should. The system drew 17 amps when in this configuration. I can't imagine the charge controller acting differently when running on generator vs shore power, or would it?
You have 30 amps available on shore power versus the 20 amps or so that the generator provides.

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I'm still pretty new to my 2013 Interstate, but I do know the generator takes a little while before it can accept a load from any of the appliances. And the way to determine when its ready is to look at the Power Control System Panel. I am attaching a picture...In my picture it says "00 AC Amps". When you initially start the generator it will of course display a higher value than "00" but notice the value has a couple of dots in it, such as "8.5." After a few minutes, those dots will disappear, and that's the time you can start to load it up.
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The Tripp-Lite switch on the face of the unit itself, not on the remote panel, has these positions: Auto/Remote-DC Off-Charge Only. In the DC Off position, the unit is de-energized and AC In is connected to AC Out. This is from the Tripp-Lite manual.
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