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Old 09-19-2015, 08:58 PM   #1
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Inverter not working

The inverter worked briefly when we picked up the 21'. Now when it is turned on, it makes a noise as if working, the correct battery reading is given, but nothing is going to any 120s. No lights on the microwave.

Reace said we might have tripped the GFCI and to remove the plug on front of Samlex inverter and try resetting. Did. Nothing still. Flipped the little reset button on front of inverter back and forth a couple of times. Nothing. Flipped the 15A breakers on transfer box a couple of times. Nothing. Did these both with and without battery switch on.

Anybody have an idea what we should try next? Thanks. Oh, tried it with thongs, too.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:06 PM   #2
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Oh, tried it with thongs, too.
I'm afraid to ask about this and, in fact, I really don't want to know.
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Did you try resetting the GFCI plug, which is outside (the "awning lights" plug)?
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Did you try resetting the GFCI plug, which is outside (the "awning lights" plug)?
We have a GFCI right on the front of the inverter which is what Reace told us to try. We did hit one on the back exterior which other people do not have because we have an extra 120 on the exterior. And the awning one you mention. Hit all three. Nothing. But we don't seem to get these reset buttons to necessarily work right so that one side pops out or clicks. We try several times. Had trouble getting a click on the 19' also.
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Did you try plugging in something like a shaver charger or small lamp into one of the A/C receptacles that should be powered by the inverter?
Is there a GFCI on the socket behind the microwave?
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We have a GFCI right on the front of the inverter which is what Reace told us to try. We did hit one on the back exterior which other people do not have because we have an extra 120 on the exterior. And the awning one you mention. Hit all three. Nothing. But we don't seem to get these reset buttons to necessarily work right so that one side pops out or clicks. We try several times. Had trouble getting a click on the 19' also.
First step - does the inverter work?

I assume ETI installed a wire which is plugged (via normal plug) into the outlet on the inverter. Unplug it from the inverter and press the GFCI reset (not the test) button on the inverter outlet. Plug something in to the inverter outlet and see if it works (even if the GFCI won't reset.) If it works use it as is or troubleshoot the trailer wiring. If it doesn't work there is a problem in the inverter, the power to it, or (most likely) the GFCI outlet on the inverter.
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Not exactly the same thing but close. I'm plugged in and no electricity. Turned the surge protector off and still nothing. Check the outside gfi plug and nothing. Any ideas on what could be wrong?
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By the way , I'm watching TV with my inverter. Thank God for inverters!
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Not exactly the same thing but close. I'm plugged in and no electricity. Turned the surge protector off and still nothing. Check the outside gfi plug and nothing. Any ideas on what could be wrong?
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The surge protector in our 17B won't turn on the power if there is an error code displaying on the surge protector. The most common we have run into is 'no ground'. When we plug into a good socket the surge protector checks it and says 'ok' and passes the power through.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:29 PM   #10
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I'm totally unfamiliar with your inverter but, absent any solution you might as well check out this often ignored, hidden little breaker. It failed for me and for a few other members. I believe if defective your only electric source will then be from the batteries.

Should find it someplace near the inverter. I am not familiar with a location on the 21. As I recall the thing is near impossible to test with a multimeter because of ghost, or trickling currents but... all my trouble vanished when I just up and replaced it.
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