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Old 11-19-2015, 01:42 PM   #1
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Shutting down interior electric

I have a question about my Forza 36G. We are storing our unit for the first time. The issue is that I want to keep the shore line plugged in but I can't seem to figure out how to get the inverted side to shut down. We shut down the chassis and house switched located near the entrance. I also shut off the switch in the inverter that disconnect the batteries from the inverter and the refrigerator light still comes on and the microwave is still on which tells me the shore power is bypassing some how. Does anyone know how I get the inverted side to shutdown?
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:47 PM   #2
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I have a question about my Forza 36G. We are storing our unit for the first time. The issue is that I want to keep the shore line plugged in but I can't seem to figure out how to get the inverted side to shut down. We shut down the chassis and house switched located near the entrance. I also shut off the switch in the inverter that disconnect the batteries from the inverter and the refrigerator light still comes on and the microwave is still on which tells me the shore power is bypassing some how. Does anyone know how I get the inverted side to shutdown?
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Why do you want to keep the shore line plugged in if you want the 120V electric off?
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:53 AM   #3
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Why do you want to keep the shore line plugged in if you want the 120V electric off?
I want to keep the batteries charged without running everything inside the coach. I suppose I could throw the main breaker for the inverted side.
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:17 AM   #4
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Forza Tom,
I'm not sure of this, but I don't think your batteries get charged with the switches by the door off.
Your inverter will not be inverting when shore power is present.
Your best approach would be have the switches by the door on. Plug into shore power and you're set.
Just check the water level in the batteries every couple of months.
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:40 AM   #5
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My coach has 2 electric panels. The main panel has a 30 amp circuit breaker for power going to the inverter. The inverter panel (smaller) has a 30 amp breaker for power coming back from inverter which is the one I would shut down.

Otherwise turn all the other breakers off on that inverter panel.

If you only have one main panel, turn off all breakers except inverter (and main dual 50A). To test that inverter works you should be able to measure anything over 12.9 at the batteries (depending on State of Charge).
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Old 11-21-2015, 12:31 PM   #6
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Forza Tom, First as mention above your batteries will not charge if you enable the battery disconnect switches. Turn off the main breaker on the inverter panel to kill most o the the ac loads. Do not turn off the inverter because it is your battery charger.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:27 PM   #7
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The Converter charges the batteries not the inverter.
Converter makes 110 V to 12 v.
Inverter makes 12 V to 110 V.


Battery Disconn. switch has to be on to charge coach batteries.
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rvten, OP's coach has a combination inverter/charger and does not have a separate converter.
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The Converter charges the batteries not the inverter.
Converter makes 110 V to 12 v.
Inverter makes 12 V to 110 V.
Battery Disconn. switch has to be on to charge coach batteries.
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rvten, OP's coach has a combination inverter/charger and does not have a separate converter.
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A converter will only charge batteries if it has built in charging circuitry.... (then it's a "converter/charger" not an ordinary "converter").
A converter, without the necessary charging circuitry, will provide 12VDC power but will not charge the batteries.

BTW, many RVs have a combination "inverter/converter/charger".

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Old 11-23-2015, 05:55 PM   #10
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A converter will only charge batteries if it has built in charging circuitry.... (then it's a "converter/charger" not an ordinary "converter").
A converter, without the necessary charging circuitry, will provide 12VDC power but will not charge the batteries.

BTW, many RVs have a combination "inverter/converter/charger".

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Most all Converters today are combined 12vdc supply and charger. And yes you are correct the many Inverters also contain a battery charger.

In terms of the original question, the "Inverted side" as you call it is being supplied by your shore power if you are plugged in. Most Motorhome Inverter have a builtin transfer switch that switches the load side between shore power or inverter power.

You need to test if your batteries are being charged with the disconnects turned off. Usually this is not the case but every rig is different.


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