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Old 11-13-2020, 07:03 PM   #1
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Inverter - Leave on when leaving or turn off?

I have a 2003 Journey dl. Should I turn off my inverter when leaving the RV for over a week or leave it on. I was not able to start my generator and it seems the batteries are low or dead. My RV place told me to shut off the invertor when I leave as I may have left on something. The battery switch on the dash is turned off every time i leave but the only switch I see to turn off the invertor is on the invertor itself. The batteries are only one year old.
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I have a 2003 Journey dl. Should I turn off my inverter when leaving the RV for over a week or leave it on.
Plugged in... leaving on wouldn't be terrible. BUT.... not plugged in leaving it on will drain your batteries in 36 hours or less and deplete them so completely that you will not be able to bring them back to life unless if you intervene immediately and recharge then within a few hours of them going dead.

If your inverter is your charger it works automatically even if you turn your inverter off. When the inverter is on, even if it's not called upon to power any AC loads, it will use so much power just idling that it will deplete your batteries, probably as soon as overnight.

The only problem leaving it on while plugged in and you are away is that if the shore power goes out you will also deplete your batteries.
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An inverter when it is turned on, but not powering any 120V AC devices will still pull 2-3 amps. That means in 24 hours you will have used 48-72AH's. You probably have 3 house batteries for a total of around 250-300AH of which only 50% or about 125-150AH is usable for long battery life.

So be sure to turn off the inverter when not actively powering 120V devices. There should be an inverter panel to turn the inverter on and off located at your EMS power center.
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