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Old 11-03-2014, 04:17 PM   #127
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Does your inverter have a power cord?

Here is what is in mine: http://www.bestconverter.com/assets/...f600manual.pdf

I'm not totally sure - I'll check my model and look - what I am sure of is that I have regular AC outlets and inverter outlets - the inverter outlets are not hot unless inverter is on

I'm not sure of what it takes to make outlets be able to accept AC shore power AND AC power from inverter when needed and how much more cost that would be for AS - but it would be a nice simplified feature to have - certainly would help for such a problem as the power recliner


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Old 11-03-2014, 06:00 PM   #128
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This is good info from when my Classic arrives. I know from my 2012 Intl that the inverter circuits worked only when I had it switched on. Wasn't really an issue for me. (I installed a 2000 Watt Xantrex so I could run my Keurig when I was off the grid..) I've already got half a room of stuff to swap Classic stuff -- inverter, converter, Sirius, accumulator for the water pump, etc.) I've also decided to install an ice maker in my fridge (will run the 120V through my inverter), solar, Jack antenna, WiFi Ranger, Wilson Cell amplifier, etc. I expect to spend a good bit of Winter in the customization mode....
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:49 PM   #129
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Let me know what you find out because Im getting tired of hearing that inverter run all night just so I have use of my recliner.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:50 PM   #130
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I'm not totally sure - I'll check my model and look - what I am sure of is that I have regular AC outlets and inverter outlets - the inverter outlets are not hot unless inverter is on

I'm not sure of what it takes to make outlets be able to accept AC shore power AND AC power from inverter when needed and how much more cost that would be for AS - but it would be a nice simplified feature to have - certainly would help for such a problem as the power recliner


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For us it was a simple matter of plugging the inverter into the shore power outlet that the converter uses. I will check to see what the small switch is set at.

I also talked to a support person at WFCO to verify it would do this. It appears, according to the manual, that the status light shows up different colors if it is feeding from shore power or inverting from battery. I will try to test that tonight also.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:57 PM   #131
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For us it was a simple matter of plugging the inverter into the shore power outlet that the converter uses. I will check to see what the small switch is set at.

I also talked to a support person at WFCO to verify it would do this. It appears, according to the manual, that the status light shows up different colors if it is feeding from shore power or inverting from battery. I will try to test that tonight also.

Very interested !

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Old 11-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #132
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Why wouldn't AS have installed an automatic transfer switch and tossed all the secondary outlets? This is how my aftermarket solar/inverter is setup and I never have to touch power cords.

Mine is the same as yours. All this other fooling around with cords and plugs is really scary. When there is shore power around, I plug in the Airstream. When there is no shore power, I turn on the inverter via a remote switch. All outlets work the same regardless of power source. There are no dedicated inverter outlets confusing the issue. The only thing I can't use when there is no shore power is the AC. Jim


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Old 11-03-2014, 08:21 PM   #133
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When the WFCO was removed from my FC25 with my solar install the AC power cord is simply folded up, wrapped with a piece of tape and a piece of electrical tape placed over the 110V prongs. Depending on where it is located there may or not be a 120V outlet close by that you could plug into.

With the Magnum inverter/charger it was a simple matter to add the dedicated WCCO outlets to the rest of the power grid. So all 120V outlets fed either shore power or inverter power.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:40 PM   #134
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The specs for your inverter say:

  • Heavy Duty field replaceable AC pass thru relay
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:48 AM   #135
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I am waiting to hear back from Airstream on a fix for the recliner issue. My understanding is they had to choose either shore or inverter power & thought it best to choose inverter because it will work either way. It is annoying to have the inverter on when you are on shore power because you can hear the inverter. If any one has any luck on this fix please pass it on.

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Really !!! The motors on the power recliner are DC , so Airstream engineers should be able to pull power from DC and figure whatever,( step up transformer ?? )
Can't believe how cheesy that was designed in .

THE FIX "Electric recliners usually get their power from an electrical outlet, but some manufacturers offer recliners with rechargeable battery packs. These eliminate the need for a nearby electrical socket. Battery packs usually last for around 150 cycles between one recliner position and another before they need to be recharged."
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:07 AM   #136
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Well on the recliners running on inverter power & shore power, here is Airstream response. Not what I was hoping to hear, very disappointing. I am surprised a high product like this was not better thought out, especially at the cost! When we originally looked at the trailer, the dealer did not even know how to work the recliners! Finally some one turned on the inverter & presto.

Dear Airstream,
I see a lot of talk on the forum about inverters and making the recliners work on shore and inverter power with out without turning it on.

Talk from fellow Airstreamers "Wasn't really an issue for me. (I installed a 2000 Watt Xantrex)" Do your engineers have a recommended fix??? Would installing this unit be a fix? There response.

Bob,
Our inverter circuits are stand alone circuits and do not tie into the shore power circuits at all. We run this line direct from the inverter to an outlet to power the couch. There would need to be some rewiring of this circuit to get it hooked into the main breaker panel first. Then your Xantrex inverter could be tied into the shore power circuits and be powered by either the inverter or the shore power cord.
Like I said this would take quite a bit of work but could be changed. We just feel leaving the inverter switch in the on position (especially when your plugged into shore power) is not putting a heavy load on your batteries. We actually have this same type of inverter connection in our Land Yacht models associated with the televisions in them.
I hope this answers your questions on the inverter. If not please let me know.


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Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. As far as this inverter issue with the recliner I think it is going to be a big issue based on the feed back I am getting from new owners. I am very unhappy with how this works & for this kind of money I would think it would of been better thought out? It sound like there is no easy fix. I think that the factory should make it work either way which would be much easier to fix it on your end rather than a expensive aftermarket fix. The problem with leaving the inverter switch on is that there is a constant humming from the inverter. So are they any other fixes that you would recommend? Will the factory fix this issue so I can take it back to my dealer & get it fixed. There response.

Bob,
Thank you for the comments you have supplied and I will make sure our management team has the opportunity to review them. We have had feedback both ways on this subject and made the decision to run the couch outlet direct from the inverter through this feedback. Many of our customers like to use their trailers in remote areas that do not give them the ability to use the shore power cord. We feel that utilizing the inverter direct is the best option for either scenario.

Bob,
Your trailer is working the way it is designed to operate and we have no plans to change this inverter circuit at this time.
Again, we appreciate the feedback you have provided.

Bob,
We do not have a recommended change on this. We currently have no plans in making any changes in the setup. If something changes I will let you know.


Unfortunately that is where it stands for now. Hope this is helpful for fellow Classic owners. If some has any ideas I am open to your feedback.

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I'm not totally sure - I'll check my model and look - what I am sure of is that I have regular AC outlets and inverter outlets - the inverter outlets are not hot unless inverter is on

I'm not sure of what it takes to make outlets be able to accept AC shore power AND AC power from inverter when needed and how much more cost that would be for AS - but it would be a nice simplified feature to have - certainly would help for such a problem as the power recliner


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You wouldn't want to run all the outlets in the trailer through the inverter unless you had a large battery bank and an inverter capable of running everything in the trailer. Turn on a hair dryer or a coffee pot with that inverter and you'll shut things down in a hurry.
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I don't know what the answer is, sounds like Airstream has no intension of dealing with this. As I type this message I am sitting on my recliner, The inverter is 4 feet away under the dinette and so loud I have the TV cranked up to hear it. My only option at this point is turn inverter off and don't use recliners until a fix is made. I do not feel the fix should be at my expense after spending in excess of 100K on a new Classic.
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My feeling exactly, cannot stand the humming. Very disappointing that they are not even considering a fix especially at the cost of the new Classic. They could of at least of put the inverter some where else away from the living room area.

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You wouldn't want to run all the outlets in the trailer through the inverter unless you had a large battery bank and an inverter capable of running everything in the trailer. Turn on a hair dryer or a coffee pot with that inverter and you'll shut things down in a hurry.

I meant to say that I wish there were a solution where they wired everything to use one set of outlets that feed either shore power or inverter power through the same outlets requiring no switching

If I had these recliners - I may look into a remote for the inverter power? So turn it on - recline - then turn it off? Crappy solution but may be best bet?


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