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Old 01-14-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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Shore power

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Whats a fast way of being assured that the shore power is reaching my systems?
Came home and noticed a "low battery fault" message or something like that on the rear lounge area panel.

Its plugged into shore power so I thought that was odd.

I have the tank warmer on

Should I keep the house connect switch near the side door on?

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Old 01-14-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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I may have hooked up the shore power WHILE the house battery was on
Not sure if that was a good move
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:56 PM   #3
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Just hooking up shore power is no guarantee that your batteries are charging.

You also have to make sure the inverter/charger is turned on and in "charge" mode.

Truthfully, this is a new one for me, so I'm just speculating here… I know that the inverter/charger should be able to charge the house batteries regardless of the position of the 12vDC disconnect switch.

However, in order for the inverter/charger to invert, the 120vAC circuit breakers have to be turned on. Presumably in order for the inverter/charger to charge, the 120vAC circuit breakers also have to be turned on to make sure the inverter is getting power. Lewster would know that answer better than I would.

Oh, and you need to make sure the breakers at the service pedestal are turned on and not tripped. It is possible to forget to turn them on after plugging in. Also, if the service pedestal breakers were already turned on when you plugged in, they may have tripped and need to be reset.
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:03 PM   #4
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What are you plugged into? If it's a standard household socket at home (since you say you're at home) then wake up the the Precision Circuits display by hitting the button, and all the lights should come on: should be 30A or 20A, plus the 4 system lights on the right. 20A should be set if it's a household socket.
If all lights are on, then apart from Protag's suggestions, I wonder if you have a charging problem


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All lights at circuit display are off
Ill put the house battery connection switch and inverter on and see what happens
Yes its hooked to regular house outlet thanks
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My unit must have issues
Ill take Harvey in soon
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The inverter does not need to be on. When you are plugged in do you have other indications like the microwave display or the TVs on? Make sure you have power inside your Interstate.
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An obvious question: have you verified there's power at the socket? It may have tripped a breaker in the house.


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The inverter does not need to be on.
I beg to differ. The inverter/charger needs to be on in order to charge the house batteries from shore power. It will be in "charge" mode, not "invert" mode, but it must be on.
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Check house breaker. 120 volts? I hope. Jim
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Thanks Jim ill check
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I beg to differ. The inverter/charger needs to be on in order to charge the house batteries from shore power. It will be in "charge" mode, not "invert" mode, but it must be on.

Not if it is a Magnum inverter/charger, which I assume they have since it is a new Interstate. For the Magnum you just have to be plugged in to get battery charging.
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Battery disconnect switch may have to be on, when traveling I turn it on and leave it on. Batteries will not charge if plugged into shore power if the battery disconnect switch is in the OFF position. The batteries will charge if the switch is off and one is using AS Factory installed solar panels. As advised I'd check house breakers and just for kicks AS breakers as well.
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My inverter does not need to be on to charge the batteries when plugged into shore power..
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