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Old 02-08-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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Energenius replacement.

I have not taken mine out yet and inspected it- but as far as I can tell, the charger works, but the inverter part does not. The button to turn on the inverter does not light up, and it's not turning on- sounds like a good time to replace it. I have read through all the threads on replacing the Energenius units in our RV's, and there is some great information on how to remove the internals and install a new battery charger. I'm wondering if anyone has installed a Xantrex or Magnum inverter/charger? I think there should be a way to do this... Any ideas?
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:25 PM   #2
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And I forgot to mention, I also want to install a larger solar panel...in the 250w range and need to figure out how this would fit into the system.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:07 PM   #3
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I have not taken mine out yet and inspected it- but as far as I can tell, the charger works, but the inverter part does not. The button to turn on the inverter does not light up, and it's not turning on- sounds like a good time to replace it. I have read through all the threads on replacing the Energenius units in our RV's, and there is some great information on how to remove the internals and install a new battery charger. I'm wondering if anyone has installed a Xantrex or Magnum inverter/charger? I think there should be a way to do this... Any ideas?
Not sure if your saying you want to replace your Energenius or repair it? I would recommend replacing it.

I know on our 1990 345LE MH it's probably been 3 or 4 years since we replaced the Energenius with a Xantrex. Ours is a converter/charger (no inverter) and this Xantrex has been absolutely trouble free since. Matter-o-fact the only thing I've had to do is once in a while check the batteries fluid level.

It's been a while but if I remember right the place is called Best RV in Idaho. Randy is who sold it to us and I remember he is very knowledgable about the install and was more than willing to give advice over the phone or online.

Try to google 'Best RV' and if I'm wrong about the name reply here or P/M me and I'll try and find the old receipt.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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SebasSF- Just found it, go here www.bestconverter.com Pretty sure you'll find all your answers there.
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I'm planing on replacing it, but wanted to put some thought into how it would end up looking before spending money on parts. From what I can tell, there is a transfer switch under the sink that switched between shore and generator power. I would leave this installed, run the AC from there to the inverter "in", run the AC "out" to the existing (gutted) Energenius AC breakers, and run a line from the DC terminals on the inverter to the existing DC fuse panel.
I would run a solar panel to a charge controller and run that to the battery isolator. Should work...
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:21 PM   #6
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Finally got started...not too much work to take everything out as Airstream left plenty of wire. I would recommend replacing the Energenius to anyone that has one! The inverter side was toast, and I have not used the charger much so I don't know how that was working. I took out the relay...could have been a mistake there. I will be installing a Magnum ME 2012, and display.Click image for larger version

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Nice job! Best this you can do to improve the fire safety of your coach!
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One thing still has me stumped, although I'm sure I'll figure it out with time- I made the mistake of taking out the relay in the Energenius, but now that I know it's gen/shore power, ill wire it back in. There is a second time delay relay under the stove that I have yet to figure out, and my 300 LE has no selector switch for picking front or rear AC etc. shore power looks like a straight shot to the AC panel, and there is a second circuit from the generator to one AC. My manual has no wiring diagram for the 300...
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Interesting.....

I wonder if that is a relay for the A/C vice a switch? I would definately take a multi-meter to it when on shore power and Gen power and see what the feeds are.

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