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Old 01-07-2014, 01:01 AM   #29
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Hi Lewster
So what product (full function inverter/converter) do you recommend that will do the job you are describing? What exact brand of batteries do you recommend?
I did have blown fuses (2) 30amps. I replaced the fuses, and the lights worked, except for the refrigerator and stereo. When I turned the battery disconnect switch on the fuses blew again. What's up with that? I think I connected the system correctly or maybe not? It was doing this before I replaced the converter.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:38 AM   #30
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So what product (full function inverter/converter) do you recommend that will do the job you are describing? What exact brand of batteries do you recommend?
I did have blown fuses (2) 30amps. I replaced the fuses, and the lights worked, except for the refrigerator and stereo. When I turned the battery disconnect switch on the fuses blew again. What's up with that? I think I connected the system correctly or maybe not? It was doing this before I replaced the converter.
Thanks to everyone that chimed in!\
Julie
Julie,

These are the components that I use when; installing solar charging systems, replacing converters with inverter/chargers or replacing existing inverters (generally Xantrex products in large motorhomes). In the 14 years that I have been in the RV business, the items listed below have proved their worth and effectiveness over and over. On the very rare occasion of a failure, the manufacturers either repaired or replaced defective items promptly and as I have stated before in other posts, I have some battery systems now in their 10th year and still going strong!

BATTERIES: Lifeline absorbed glass mat batteries.
While I have no desire to get into a 'which battery is best' based on anyones personal 'opinion' (different strokes for different folks ), Lifelines have proven their worth over the long haul, and are the exact batteries mentioned above. Expensive…..YES! Worth the extra expense…..absolutely!!

INVERTER/CHARGERS: Magnum Energy……..period! Made in the USA. Fully field serviceable. 3 year warranty. Fully temperature compensated 4-stage charging. Adjustable charge profiles for different battery types (including the ability to customize the charge profile for your individual requirements). Full function transfer switching that allows you to use the same AC outlets when on shore power or when using the inverter (Airstream factory installed inverters presently do not utilize this feature and have duplicate inverter-only outlets )

CONVERTERS: There are presently no power converters available that can approach the charging regimen of a quality inverter/charger. Can they do an adequate job…..yes, but you will never get the longevity from your battery bank with a converter when compared with a quality inverter/charger because they simply do not possess the varied and specific charging abilities stated above.

If you decide to replace your existing batteries, I would definitely have a tech who is both knowledgeable and experienced in installing AC and DC systems to totally re-wire your trailer from the batteries to the inverter to the DC fuse block to avoid any improper wiring that you may have now.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Hi Lewster,
I finally found my problem and fixed it. One of the wires was stuck to something on the back of the converter so it wasn't properly hooked up. It took me til today to figure that out. Now everything is working as it should. Yeah!!
Thanks for all of the information. To bad you are so far away. Thanks to everyone that chimed in.
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I finally found my problem and fixed it. One of the wires was stuck to something on the back of the converter so it wasn't properly hooked up. It took me til today to figure that out. Now everything is working as it should. Yeah!!
Thanks for all of the information. To bad you are so far away. Thanks to everyone that chimed in.
Julie
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