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Rockinfigs

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So I have a 2020 attitude 3218mm..i have a xantrax 1800 pro inverter, 2 solar panels n solar charger. When I bought my rig I took it in to eclipse for some warranty work.. They advised me to turn inverter off before i turn on gen(Onan 5500) n vice versa.. Turn gen off before turning on inverter. Now when this is done it interrupts my outlets which interrupts my TVs while watching. But I've been told I should have a automatic transfer switch built into the inverter n I should be able to leave inverter on while running the gen.

Can anyone with newer attitudes confirm this pls thks


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The transfer switch should take care of that (if it's fast enough), but, my DTV receiver is so sensitive it would shut down during xfer and then there's the 7 minute wait for boot up.

Since my inverter is never off, I permanently hooked it up to run on inverter, all the time.

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I never turn my inverter off. It stays on whether on shore power or generator. The transfer switch takes care of it. You may call me if you want.


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So I did a Lil test I had the inverter on n turned tv on.. Then I turned on the gen n waited for the gen to convert over.. When it converted over to gen the TV shut off..then I did the opposite.. Had the gen on n inverter turned off.. Had tv on.. Then I turned inverter on n shut down the gen.. Same results

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Rockinfigs wrote:

Same results
Yeah, you may have to do what I did.

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Either my transfer switches aren't fast enough or my TVs are too sensitive and the all restart when switching power sources.

Not much of a problem until my kid was in the middle of a gaming session. [emoticon]


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ependydad wrote:

Either my transfer switches aren't fast enough or my TVs are too sensitive and the all restart when switching power sources.

Not much of a problem until my kid was in the middle of a gaming session. [emoticon]


Exactly so yours does the same..what brand inverter do u have?

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Rockinfigs wrote:

So I did a Lil test I had the inverter on n turned tv on.. Then I turned on the gen n waited for the gen to convert over.. When it converted over to gen the TV shut off..then I did the opposite.. Had the gen on n inverter turned off.. Had tv on.. Then I turned inverter on n shut down the gen.. Same results
This is an issue of the transfer switch having power off for a few milliseconds before connecting to the other source of power.

Not sure what all is connected to what but you could reconfigure things so that you run the tv-satellite-dvd etc full time on inverter power regardless of the generator or utility power status. Basically you need to change the priority so the inverter power always goes direct and is not switched when other sources are presented.


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This is common as the power switching involves relays and they MUST break the connection before making a new connection. This takes 16mS or more plus creates electrical transients so appliances may shut down.

A dedicated inverter that never switches the AC output is a solution. This will limit the battery charging amps by the amount of the inverter draw.


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Rockinfigs wrote:

ependydad wrote:

Either my transfer switches aren't fast enough or my TVs are too sensitive and the all restart when switching power sources.

Not much of a problem until my kid was in the middle of a gaming session. [emoticon]


Exactly so yours does the same..what brand inverter do u have?


The transfer switches are the Xantrex 15amp Auto Transfer Relays:
http://www.xantrex.com/power-products/default/inline-transfer-relay.aspx

I'm not bothered by it, honestly.

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