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Old 01-29-2016, 08:01 PM   #15
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I have thought about getting an inverter for our 05 Classic but haven't done so yet. I wasn't aware there were Airstream trailers with factory installed inverters. Proof again there's always something to learn from the forums.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:02 AM   #16
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For what it's worth, in our 06 the inverter outlets are dedicated to the inverter and the other outlets are dedicated to 120 power... the inverter has to be on in order for the inverter outlets to work.
This is correct and if you want the inverter outlets hot while on shore power plug in the inverter to an outlet. A transfer switch is built into the inverter. The reason I do this is it doubles my outlets. Cell phone and iPad chargers x 2 people uses them all up under the table. And wifi, cable stuff uses the others at the TV and DVD locations.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:51 AM   #17
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Some GFI protected circuits work and some don't.

My factory installed 1 kw inverter uses 2 amps whenever it is on, whether anything is plugged into it or not, so we leave it off unless we are using it. There are several inverter plugs in the trailer, and they are only "hot" when the inverter is turned on. The inverter plugs are not "hot" when plugged in to shore power, unless the inverter is turned on. There would be no reason to turn on the inverter when connected to shore power, but it does work and I guess you could use it if you want to use one of the inverter outlets, which we have never needed to do. Our 160 w solar panels are adequate to recharge the batteries the next day (as long as it is a sunny day) after using the inverter to watch a movie at night and charge up the cell phones, while also using the batteries to keep the lights going while we're awake, run the water pump, the furnace fan in the morning, etc., so we're pretty self-sufficient electric wise when we're off the grid. This means we have to plug in the TV and sound equip to a different set of plugs when we switch from inverter power to shore power, but I don't want to leave the inverter on when we're on shore power and then forget to turn it off when we unplug from shore power. The thing I usually forget to turn on or off (while I'm also forgetting to latch and unlatch the stove vent cover) is the power switch to the antenna. Oh well, it is only a small power drain, I guess. Another reason I should be using a checklist....

Just read the post above. Don't believe our inverter has a plug that we could plug into an outlet. It seems to be hardwired in.


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Old 01-30-2016, 10:46 AM   #18
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We lost power last weekend while in Borrego Springs on our 2014 25' FC. Breaker was tripped in the panel so re-set. Still, some outlets would not power up; cycled outside shore power source; no issues. GFI in bathroom was also tripped, which was source of my problems.

My inverter outlets also do not work when shore power unless I turn on the inverter. Not sure why AS decided to put 2 sets of outlets instead of making all of them work with inverter or shore power. But, I also wonder why they don't offer the U-shaped dining configuration in the 26U in other models... :-)
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Okay it seems no one is getting it. IF YOU LOOK at the inverter, there is a 110 volt cord on it. You plug that cord into a live 110 outlet when on shore power and power is transferred to the inverter outlets. You could leave the TV plugged into the inverter outlet and it would be hot when on shore power and off when not on it. You would then turn on the inverter to use the the outlet when boondocking. Plugging in the inverter only transfers shore power to the dedicated outlets. Plugging it in is not the same as turning it on. The inverter could also be hard wired to the plug I am referencing.
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Okay it seems no one is getting it. IF YOU LOOK at the inverter, there is a 110 volt cord on it. You plug that cord into a live 110 outlet when on shore power and power is transferred to the inverter outlets. You could leave the TV plugged into the inverter outlet and it would be hot when on shore power and off when not on it. You would then turn on the inverter to use the the outlet when boondocking. Plugging in the inverter only transfers shore power to the dedicated outlets. Plugging it in is not the same as turning it on. The inverter could also be hard wired to the plug I am referencing.
Ahhhsooo! Is that noted in the manual? Where is the inverter located with this plug? Still, wonder why they have 2 sets of plugs in the first place if they could have done it with the inverter just hardwired or plugged in as you indicate?
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My inverter is located under one of the dinette seats. It is kind of handy to know where it is, since it has an inline fuse that might blow out sometime. It doesn't have the 115 v cord on it that Bigventure references; I suppose different inverters were installed in different Airstreams at different times. It is also handy to know that it is one of the very few things that is wired directly from the battery and isn't turned off when you push the main store/use switch that is supposed to turn everything else off in the trailer. So at least in my trailer, the different outlets make sense, since it doesn't seem easy to run shore power to the inverter outlets.
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I got the info from the inverter manual. Not the Airstream booklet.
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