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Old 02-26-2017, 10:22 PM   #1
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2016 Inverter Question

I brought home a 2016 Grand Tour Twin last week. I am totally new to RVing. I have been trying to read the manuals and am kinda overwhelmed, as I am not mechanical or 'handy.' I have a question on my inverter. All the manuals I was given say that my inverter is a Magnum. The remote in the locker behind the driver's seat is a Magnum. It was also my understanding that's what Airstream installed in the newer units. The Airstream Certified Performance Checkout sheet the dealer gave me when I purchased the RV says it is a TrippLite model #MMS1012. I see that is the model number listed in the Magnum Owner's manual. Did someone just make a mistake and type TrippLite on the Performance Checkout sheet when they meant Magnum or did Magnum buy TrippLite? I know from reading posts on this forum that the Magnum inverter is superior and there are different shore power practices with each, so I want to do the right thing. Also, where does the actual inverter reside - I couldn't find anything in the manuals. Thank you!

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Old 02-26-2017, 11:24 PM   #2
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I have a 2016 too and it came with Magnum so pretty sure that is what you have. The control panel should say the brand on it too.
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:49 AM   #3
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... I have been trying to read the manuals and am kinda overwhelmed, as I am not mechanical or 'handy.' ...
Welcome to Air Forums. Don't worry - it gets better. Reading and working with the rig leads to better comfort levels and competency no matter where the level of self-confidence first starts out on the gauge. When my husband and I first got our Interstate, it was so unfamiliar to me that I had to write Sharpie notes on pieces of masking tape and stick them throughout the rig so that I would not forget things. That was about 2.5 years ago. These days, I can tear bits of the rig apart and rebuild them without much assistance.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:23 AM   #4
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I brought home a 2016 Grand Tour Twin last week. I am totally new to RVing. I have been trying to read the manuals and am kinda overwhelmed, as I am not mechanical or 'handy.' I have a question on my inverter. All the manuals I was given say that my inverter is a Magnum. The remote in the locker behind the driver's seat is a Magnum. It was also my understanding that's what Airstream installed in the newer units. The Airstream Certified Performance Checkout sheet the dealer gave me when I purchased the RV says it is a TrippLite model #MMS1012. I see that is the model number listed in the Magnum Owner's manual. Did someone just make a mistake and type TrippLite on the Performance Checkout sheet when they meant Magnum or did Magnum buy TrippLite? I know from reading posts on this forum that the Magnum inverter is superior and there are different shore power practices with each, so I want to do the right thing. Also, where does the actual inverter reside - I couldn't find anything in the manuals. Thank you!

Susan
Susan, your 2016 Interstate definitely has the Magnum MMS-1012. The reference to the Tripp-Lite is a misprint. The definitive clues are your Magnum remote in the control panel area behind the driver's seat and the fact that the location of the Magnum (beneath the rear jump seat on the driver's side of the coach) would not permit the placement of a Tripp-Lite unit.

Also, no worries about leaving your coach plugged in full-time. The Magnum has a very 'smart' charging section that 'knows' when the battery is full and automatically switches to 'float' charge, which is a maintenance charge that will not ruin your batteries.

Welcome to the Forums and don't be afraid to ask 'newly' questions. We were all there once!!
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:03 AM   #5
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I brought home a 2016 Grand Tour Twin last week. I am totally new to RVing. I have been trying to read the manuals and am kinda overwhelmed, as I am not mechanical or 'handy.' I have a question on my inverter. All the manuals I was given say that my inverter is a Magnum. The remote in the locker behind the driver's seat is a Magnum. It was also my understanding that's what Airstream installed in the newer units. The Airstream Certified Performance Checkout sheet the dealer gave me when I purchased the RV says it is a TrippLite model #MMS1012. I see that is the model number listed in the Magnum Owner's manual. Did someone just make a mistake and type TrippLite on the Performance Checkout sheet when they meant Magnum or did Magnum buy TrippLite? I know from reading posts on this forum that the Magnum inverter is superior and there are different shore power practices with each, so I want to do the right thing. Also, where does the actual inverter reside - I couldn't find anything in the manuals. Thank you!
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I have a 2013. The manual says I have a Tripp-Lite. I have a Magnum. In looking at the wiring schematics in the 2015 Manual, so far they match what is in my 2013. I think Airstream is slow to update their documentation to reflect changes that have already happened in production. That is probably the case for the checkout sheet the dealer used, along with an editing mistake.
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Thank you all for your comments and helpful info! Feel 110% confident that I have the Magnum inverter. Now just have to take up with Airstream/dealer the fact that I think my batteries are toast since they are not holding a charge at all.

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Old 02-28-2017, 05:28 PM   #7
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Newbie2016: Just look under the roadside mattress. There is a big hole cut just below the TV. You will find the inverter in there. Most of the other interesting things are in there too. Welcome to the forum.
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Does anyone know what is plugged in to the outlet behind the driver's seat on the 2016 Interstate EXT GT?
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Does anyone know what is plugged into the outlet behind the driver's seat on the 2016 Interstate EXT GT?
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The TV above the desk. That outlet is serviced by the inverter. The inverter passes AC through when hooked up externally or generator is running. The outlet over the driver's head is also on that circuit.
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