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Old 01-29-2017, 06:07 PM   #1
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Help troubleshooting 2016 19 ft FC inverter issue

I have a 2016 19 ft FC which I bought used. The wall mounter inverter switch does not light when depressed and 120 appliances will not work when plugged into the inverter outlets when off shore power. All other electrical systems are operating. Can anyone give me some advice on where to start diagnosing what may be at fault. Thanks for any help!!!
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Old 01-29-2017, 06:30 PM   #2
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Look for on/off switch on the inverter itself. Could be off.
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Old 01-29-2017, 06:41 PM   #3
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Will try that. I believe the inverter is mounted under the bed in my rig. Will tear into it tonight.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:31 AM   #4
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nothing to tear into......probably a removable panel under the seat cushion. Use a flashlight and mirror to see what position switch is in.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:20 AM   #5
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The switch is on the back side of the inverter and should be under seat by Frig.
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check the GFCI outlet, maybe in the bathroom, hit the reset on that.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:56 AM   #7
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We have a 19' Bambi (2006) with a factory inverter...it's under the dinette seat next to he sink where the fresh water tank and water pump are.
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I have a 2014 19 Serenity. The inverter mounts to the cabinet wall under the bed, accessible under the mattress. Mine had torn the sheet-metal screws out of the vertical panel it mounts to and was sitting upside down on the floor. I used through-bolts and nuts to remount it. There is a small cable that connects the inverter to the control panel, so check that it is plugged in. There is also a main power switch on the inverter.

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Inverters have internal ATC fuses, mine are 35 amp. There is also an inline fuse from the batteries that may be blown. If the inverter was overloaded, the internal fuses would be blown. If there was a dead short in the 2 battery cables then the inline fuse would be blown. (Ask me how I know about both of these two fuse areas.)

If you find the On/Off switch on the inverter is not "off" (set to "on" or "panel") then you should disconnect the batteries, pull it out, open it up and check the internal fuses. they are probably blown. 35 amp ATC fuses are hard to find but I got mine on Amazon. I had to buy a boatload but they are cheap. The inline fuse is very expensive, about $35-$60. Google the fuse part number and find a good price.
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The newer 19's have the inverter beneath the bed, with the associated class T fuse near by. You need to remove the mattress AND the plywood bed floor narthex curb side wall for access. There are several issues with that location:

*the cable run from the batteries is extremely long for the 4AWG cable that is provided
*the Class T fuse should be located within 18" of the battery, not 18" of the inverter as it has been placed.

The WFCO inverter has internal fuses, which requires removal of the unit and subsequent disassembly for access. I would check the class T fuse first.

As mentioned above, the switch on the inverter should be in the 'remote' position for the remote switch to operate the unit.
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Further Investigation

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Thank you very much for all the help. I was able to access the inverter from a removable portal located on the surface of the wood mattress support board. The inverter was mounted where I could not see the front of it but I could feel a two way flip switch. I changed the switch position and a fan began to run within the inverter. At my wall mounted inverter on & off switch there was no light indicating the inverter was on. I attempted to turn the inverter off at the wall switch with negative results. I unplugged from shore power and found I was able to operate my 120 volt TV when plugged into the inverter outlet. It seems I may have a faulty wall switch. Anybody have any other ideas ? Once again thank you for the advice. Martin
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I know our inverter remote switch is a bit "fiddley" as they say, in that you kind of have to mess with it to get it to work. Like push and hold for just the right number of milliseconds; that sort of thing......

As I understand it, that switch you flipped on the unit turned it on because you changed it from remote on to local on, so that proves the inverter worked. You might also want to take the remote switch off the wall and make sure the cable is plugged in right.

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Further on Switch

I fiddled with the wall mounted button by holding it down for different lengths of time with negative results. I then pulled the switch out of the wall to check the connection. I found the wire running to it was a similar to interior phone cable and the connection at the switch was the same as a household phone line with a single tang which snaps in when connected to the switch. This connection was secure and I pulled it and reconnected just to make sure. I guess my next step will be to buy a new wall switch and keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the help and advice!!!! Martin
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I fiddled with the wall mounted button by holding it down for different lengths of time with negative results. I then pulled the switch out of the wall to check the connection. I found the wire running to it was a similar to interior phone cable and the connection at the switch was the same as a household phone line with a single tang which snaps in when connected to the switch. This connection was secure and I pulled it and reconnected just to make sure. I guess my next step will be to buy a new wall switch and keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the help and advice!!!! Martin

I just pulled out the inverter switch in my 2016 26U. Pushing the switch in would not activate the inverter any more. I removed that cable on the back side. There are 2 tiny philips screws holding the unit together. I removed them and pulled the unit apart revealing the small switch/button under the rubber cover....push the switch/ button in and it stuck there...some wiggling got it to release to the off position. Push switch/buttton in and it stuck again. I could not get it to release when the cover was on.

Dealer today said this sticking problem had been seen before...new switch on order under warranty.
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