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Inverter Fan Runs

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 08:56 PM

The fan for my inverter has been runing for the last couple of days, if not longer. I noticed it running yesterday and have checked it several times and it has not been off. I am on shore power, the battery check indicates a full charge, and nothing in the TT is turned on. Anyone ever have this problem? Any suggestions, please? Thanks, Eugene

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 09:07 PM

Mine runs all the time also -- I think its designed to do that -- becuase bascially its always working -- if its plugged into shore power its constantly topping off the batteries --
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 09:11 PM

Ghosty, on May 27 2006, 09:07 PM, said:

Mine runs all the time also -- I think its designed to do that -- becuase bascially its always working -- if its plugged into shore power its constantly topping off the batteries --
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Hey, thanks Ghosty. :D I was a little worried that something miight be wrong by it running and nothing turned on. Thanks for the peace of mind. thumbright

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 10:42 PM

Mine cycles on and off. I think it's on a thermostat.
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 10:51 PM

Maybe the ol' RKS is just ready for the return trip to Topsail :whistling:
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Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:00 AM

Our inverter fan tends to run for long periods of time also. It does cycle off now and then, but I have heard it running for the better part of a weekend.

Of course, our OEM batteries are c***, so it does not surprise me that it is working so hard to kep them topped off! <_<

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:11 AM

Mine also ran for a log time with no load on it (other than the CO? detector). In the past it cycled more. after a while I unhooked from shore power and let it reset. Later reconnected shore power and it went back to cycling. And yes, I have a battery disconnect sw.

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:49 AM

My inverter fan seems to run only when you turn on more than 1 light for more than a couple of minutes, then it will cycle on-off every few minutes - unless you turn on a lot of lights, then it runs continuously. I wonder, is your refrigerator door-frame heater turned on? (the black switch hidden above freezer door) not sure if this is a 12v load. Maybe this is whats causing your fan to run.
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Posted 28 May 2006 - 09:09 AM

RVCarolina, on May 28 2006, 08:49 AM, said:

My inverter fan seems to run only when you turn on more than 1 light for more than a couple of minutes, then it will cycle on-off every few minutes - unless you turn on a lot of lights, then it runs continuously. I wonder, is your refrigerator door-frame heater turned on? (the black switch hidden above freezer door) not sure if this is a 12v load. Maybe this is whats causing your fan to run.
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Fred,

That is when I would notice mine running also, when turning on 2-3 lights for a while. I just noticed this week that it was running without anything being turned on and thought it was unsual :dunno: Guess that is the way it should operate though, according to what most have posted. I just checked and my door-frame heater switch is turned off, and the inverter is not even running this morning. Guess it is resting up. :whistling: Thanks, EE

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 02:07 PM

Mine also runs for quite a long time then off and on
depending on what we have turned on inside

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 06:23 PM

Mine hardly ever runs.

Like others have said, if a few lights are on, it will run for maybe 10 minutes and trun off again.


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Posted 29 May 2006 - 06:56 PM

Guys this is a small point but the device in question is a "Converter" in that it converts AC to DC, an "Inverter", inverts DC to AC.

The converter has a 2 stage fan and will run as need to keep everything cool. If you truly are load free it should cycle off in 12 to 24 hours max when starting with a depleted battery. As the battery voltage reaches the 13.2 vdc the current demand through the converter is very low and the fan is not needed.

If the fan is running then you have an unknown load or the batteries have a problem such as a bad cell preventing it from taking a full charge.

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:01 PM

CamperAndy, on May 29 2006, 06:56 PM, said:

Guys this is a small point but the device in question is a "Converter" in that it converts AC to DC, an "Inverter", inverts DC to AC.

If the fan is running then you have an unknown load or the batteries have a problem such as a bad cell preventing it from taking a full charge.
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Andy,

Thanks for the good info on the Converter. Is the stereo the only thing that runs on DC when I am on shore power? :dunno: I can find nothing that is on, and the check battery indicater shows a full charge, however, I suppose it could not be accurate. :dunno: I have check it frequently over the last 3-4 days and it does cycle on/off. Thanks, Eugene

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:06 PM

temperature will cause the fan to run constantly.
Is it hot inside the trailer?
Anything above 80 and I'd expect it to run.
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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:15 PM

Okay so we just got back from our first 5 day trip with our new Outback. Please remember that we are also new to travel trailers - we had noticed this running also when the lights were turned on in the evening. We had electric hookup. Now after reading this we are even more confused novices....never heard about a refrigerator door switch hidden??? When you are plugged in to electric doesn't everything run off the electricity and not the battery?

Apologize if we sound dumb - as I must say a lot of things this weekend we were able to refer back to remembering reading it on outbackers.com.

Thanks for any advice for novices..


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