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ShotgunWriter

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Posted: 05/17/19 06:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Malexander , do you think it could be the inverter, even though it appears to be working properly? (Charging the batteries, clicking on and off with power source change, breaker switches working?) I'm really hoping to not buy an inverter right now. My savings account has taken some pretty big hits this month.


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I would like to know why you have a cell phone and dash camera plugged into an inverter that is plugged into the 12 volt outlet. I plug my cell phones and dash camera directly into the 12 volt outlet. Why convert 12 volt to 120 volt and back into usable voltage for the phone and camera? Am I overlooking something?


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ShotgunWriter wrote:

Malexander , do you think it could be the inverter, even though it appears to be working properly? (Charging the batteries, clicking on and off with power source change, breaker switches working?) I'm really hoping to not buy an inverter right now. My savings account has taken some pretty big hits this month.



If you've checked everything with a volt meter, (I had) and everything is checking normal, the inverter is really all that's left.
My 12v lights would sort of "fade" in and out. I should say my CONverter/charger was bad. It bench checked just fine, ie 120VAC in and 14VDC out. But when a load was applied, was when things would go south.


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Ok you have two or 4 devices to check
ONE: Battery disconnect switch (Salesman switch) IF this is off the INVERTER will still likely draw power but...... The alternator, and the converter (if seperate from the inverter) can not charge.

If on shore power the inverter CAN charge but with the switch off it's the only thing that has power.. And that folks is my #1 with a bullet suspect. The salesman switch.

#2 is the isolator IF house lights come on once engine starts the isolator is good and the Salesman switch is lifted even higher

#2 now becomes a circuit breaker or the master fuse (Reverse polarity) Described in a prior post

But I'd check that salesman switch

IF it is a 3-position spring loaded marked USE/STORE push USe and listen for a CLUNK. No Clunk ask and I'll take you to the next step
IT can also be labeld "AUX" and may be either a 3-position (CLunks) or a toggle (may or may not clunk) But that's my guess. Salesman switch OFF.

Oh where is it. Can be on Dash or on a control panel somewhere. But often is on the wall in the step well where you can reach it standing on the ground.


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WE HAVE LIGHT!!!

Hubby did a lot of homework and figured out that it's a failure of the solenoid for the battery cutoff. We had checked the switch before, but this was controlling the switch and everything else DC. So glad! Thanks for your input!

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Glad to hear you found ad corrected the problem.


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That happened to me as well. Only it was the switch
Solenoid CLUNKED on STORE but not On USE.

I was able to clean the switch and restore normal operation no cost.

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ShotgunWriter wrote:

WE HAVE LIGHT!!!

Hubby did a lot of homework and figured out that it's a failure of the solenoid for the battery cutoff. We had checked the switch before, but this was controlling the switch and everything else DC. So glad! Thanks for your input!


Where is the solenoid at or what does it look like? I’ve already replaced the switch. Thanks


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ShotgunWriter wrote:

WE HAVE LIGHT!!!

Hubby did a lot of homework and figured out that it's a failure of the solenoid for the battery cutoff. We had checked the switch before, but this was controlling the switch and everything else DC. So glad! Thanks for your input!


Back when the words "Warranty" still meant free fixes my Battery cut off solenoid failed to re-connet Oh the thing disconnected ok but when I pressed USE... NOTHING.

Disconnected switch. cycled it like 50 to 100 times re connected all good (Switch is self cleaning.. provided you actually use it)

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dobbler98 wrote:

ShotgunWriter wrote:

WE HAVE LIGHT!!!

Hubby did a lot of homework and figured out that it's a failure of the solenoid for the battery cutoff. We had checked the switch before, but this was controlling the switch and everything else DC. So glad! Thanks for your input!


Where is the solenoid at or what does it look like? I’ve already replaced the switch. Thanks


Its just a relay. It’ll have 2 little wires and 2 big wires going to it. It could just have 1 little wire if its grounded by where its mounted. Follow the clunk sound, mine is up front near the engine bay because thats where my batteries are.


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