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Old 06-03-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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We are seriously looking for a Flying Cloud FB 25. A lot of these come with a 600 Watt inverter. Question for any of you electrical types. What brand is this inverter? Is this an inverter charger and is charging side programmable for different battery types and is the charger a 3 stage?
Also, is all the lighting in this trailer all 12 volt.
I have also sent these questions to an Airstream sales person.
Thanks for any help.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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You are talking about two different pieces of equipment....the INverter produces 110v AC current from the 12v DC batteries. Not all Airstreams come with a built-in INverter.

All Airstreams have a CONverter... The CONverter takes 110v AC power (via shore power or a generator) and produces 12v DC power for the 12v systems, as well as charging the batteries with a 12v charge. There are single-stage and three-stage CONverters. You'd have to check on your particular unit to determine whether it is a single-stage or a 3-stage CONverter.

In newer Airstreams all the lighting is 12v, but the 12v lighting system is given 12v either from the batteries (when not connected to shore power) or from the CONverter when plugged into shore power or a generator.

Our rig happens to have a factory 600w INverter... which can be handy but it is not essential. We use it for charging laptops and electronics and using the TV when we are camping without shore power or generator. When our 06 was built they were putting single-stage converters in them, and that's what we have to this day, since it has not malfunctioned and has not been replaced. When we have shore poser we simply plug the computer and TV into the regular 110 outlets like we would at home.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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I am 99% sure that Airstreams still come with 1-stage converters for the 12V DC with no changeable settings, other then on/off.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
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My 2012 25FB Flying Cloud does not have an inverter or if it does I haven't discovered it yet.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:38 PM   #5
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The inverter is an option but not standard... We have it on our Flying Clown (as our daughters call it!) because we have the solar package and boondock frequently. On our prior Sport 22' we simply bought an inverter and plugged it into the 12v outlet whenever we needed AC from DC.
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