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Old 04-23-2017, 06:07 PM   #1
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another inverter question.

New to having a residential refrigerator with inverter. if I am hooked up to shore power when is the battery charging? when the rotary on/off switch is on?
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:11 PM   #2
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If your plugged into shore power and the battery disconnect is in the "ON" position, then the battery is charging.
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If your plugged into shore power and the battery disconnect is in the "ON" position, then the battery is charging.
chuckster57 has described the battery disconnect switch usually in the convenience center. If you are new to a residential frig/inverter we have had a few resent post identifying other switches that enable that refig to run off your shore power when available rather than using the inverter and batteries. Hopefully you have some documentation on that inverter configuration.
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Old 04-24-2017, 03:48 AM   #4
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If you are new to a residential frig/inverter we have had a few resent post identifying other switches that enable that refig to run off your shore power when available rather than using the inverter and batteries.
Search is your friend! There is a both a quick option and an advanced option. Doing a search on inverter will inundate you with info. Doing an advanced search for inverter problems will narrow it down some. Good luck. Others will probably chime in soon as this has been a popular (?) problem lately.
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Old 04-24-2017, 04:50 AM   #5
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I did a search and didn't find an actual answer to my specific question as to " what is the position of on/off switch for proper recharging". Most inverter questions are pertaining to turning it on and how long will the battery last etc. Bought my camper last fall and spent the winter reading the documentation that came with it but there was very little (as others have stated) on the inverter. I have been on a couple short trips of an hour or less and have left the above mentioned switch in the "on" position but wasn't sure if the battery was recharging or if it was still maintaining it's original charge. So I will leave the battery disconnect switch on, turn the inverter itself off and the batteries will charge. Thanks
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:40 AM   #6
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I believe that has been the consensus. With shore power on no need for inverter on. For batteries to charge, the battery disconnect has to be "on". Same with traveling for the emergency brake disconnect to activate and the refrigerator to operate in propane mode for those that have that set up. With so many different set ups available now a days, it gets confusing easily. Glad you got an answer that worked for your situation.

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Old 04-24-2017, 05:48 AM   #7
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On your control panel near the door there should be a battery charge indicator. A series of usually 4 lights low to full charge. This should let you know if battery is charging. Drain the battery down a bit then plug in shore power to test.
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:07 AM   #8
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but I assumed the battery charge indicator was for the coach battery, not the inverter battery?
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but I assumed the battery charge indicator was for the coach battery, not the inverter battery?
We don't sell Alpines so I am not versed on your particular set up. Does your trailer have a separate dedicated battery for the inverter?
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Wait?? if you have two batteries one separate one
For the inverter, then you have a more complicated charging system (isolation relay,etc). Surprised you did not find post my matt.... describing additional switches in his rig with a residential frig an inverter. Did you do a search on residential frig??
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