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Old 12-14-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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Picked up AS from dealer after getting it winterized and a few repairs. Went by storage unit few days later and noticed inverter LCD light was on. But inverter isn't on, and won't come on, and pushing the on-off button won't even turn off indicator light. What am I missing here?
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:59 PM   #2
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Are the batteries run down too far?
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Old 12-14-2016, 01:11 PM   #3
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They were showing 11.8
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Old 12-14-2016, 01:26 PM   #4
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They were showing 11.8
That's down to about 30%, which unless you are using Lithium batteries would not be good. You should make sure everything is off and try to recharge them.
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Will check that out today. The batteries were drained when I picked trailer up at dealer and only got a little charge time after that. Thanks.
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Will check that out today. The batteries were drained when I picked trailer up at dealer and only got a little charge time after that. Thanks.
You might consider complaining to the dealer IMO, unless they were clear with you that battery maintenance would not be done during their possession of the trailer. If you gave them a trailer with fully charged batteries, they did you a disservice, again in my personal opinion, by returning the trailer with discharged [ read "damaged" ] batteries.



PS -- Welcome to the forum! You also might consider taking the batteries out, and storing them elsewhere for the winter, with a battery tender hooked up to them.
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Inverter will not function with batteries as low as the reading you posted.
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May I add yet another inverter question to this thread? My inverter has a power cable with the common three-prong plug on the end so it can (apparently) be plugged into a receptacle. What is this cord's use? So it can be powered from an extension cord? Other?
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May I add yet another inverter question to this thread? My inverter has a power cable with the common three-prong plug on the end so it can (apparently) be plugged into a receptacle. What is this cord's use? So it can be powered from an extension cord? Other?
That plug is included with your WFCO inverter to be plugged into a 120VAC receptacle when on shore power. It will allow your 'inverter' circuits to receive shore power via a 'pass-thru' relay inside the inverter.

Airstream has not been using this feature of the WFCO units in the past. While upgrading a new 26U model trailer with solar, 3000 watt hybrid inverter/charger and AGM batteries, I have discovered that they now do as it now seems that Airstream has finally seen the 'light' and IS NOW USING THE PASS THRU FEATURE of the WFCO inverter.

What this means is that they no longer need to place a standard 120VAC receptacle next to the ones with the blue 'inverter' sticker on them to provide shore power to the area, as the inverter will pass thru the 120VAC when on shore power.

When off-grid and your inverter is activated, you will still get 120VAC power at the blue 'inverter' outlets from your batteries.

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That plug is included with your WFCO inverter to be plugged into a 120VAC receptacle when on shore power. It will allow your 'inverter' circuits to receive shore power via a 'pass-thru' relay inside the inverter.



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Lew, thanks so much. But does this mean I should just leave it plugged in all the time, or just when on shore power (or not plug it in at all)? It's sort of a pain to plug it in/ unplug it, because the inverter is under one of the twin beds.
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Leave it plugged in all the time. When off grid there is no 120VAC shore power to pass thru but when you activate the inverter ( press the on/off switch) it will provide 120VAC to the designated outlets marked with the blue stickers.


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These last four posts have me thinking a modification may be in my future...
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