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Old 02-21-2016, 09:56 PM   #1
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No AC output from receptacles from inverter

Just on our maiden voyage with our new 5.0 TA. Left Vancouver BC Feb 19, now at Doran Park Bodega Bay CA. 1st day boondocking and tried to get AC power. Inverter turns on OK and remote shows green light with 12.9 volts , but when I plug in a light, it does not work
Also tried my TV nogo?
Any thoughts out there?
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:19 PM   #2
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Only guessing, from reading posts, but isn't there a switch? Got your Escape Manual?
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:26 PM   #3
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You paid for the transfer switch, right?
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Nothing regarding an inverter on the manual. I agree that maybe there is a switch somewhere, but do not recall this problem when I had my Escape 21.
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:43 PM   #5
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I am not aware of any transfer switch. I looked and could not see anything like that. On my last Escape the inverter just worked without having to switch anything.
A mystery, but should be simple right?
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Is the main battery switch on/off, by the converter?
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The transfer switch is automatic - if it's equipped with one. Nothing to switch on except the inverter. If there's no power to the AC outlets, that can mean the transfer switch is faulty, or you don't have one. Have you tried plugging into the inverter outlet? That one works with or without the automatic transfer switch.

Escape does sell the inverter option and the inverter option w/auto transfer. Which did you get? It'll be on your bill of sale.
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Our experience is that it takes a bit to power up. Try unplugging and plugging in again.
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Also remember the 2 minute EMS delay when hooking up, several people were not aware that the electric does not come on immediately.
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On our 19, only the top half of one socket is inverter powered. With the delay in the inverter coming on, it took a while to figure it out. I wish I had known about the transfer switch option.
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My inverter also seems to have failed. I tried it this morning but got no line voltage out of it. I heard the fan run. I went through the troubleshooting section of the inverter's manual and reset its GFCI, but still nothing. I tried plugging in directly to the inverter in case the problem was the transfer switch, but again no luck. I'm stumped.
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Boy, you are having a bad Spring, first the refrigerator and now this. I assume the EMS has been checked? BTW, what was wrong with the refer?
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:35 PM   #13
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I dunno. The fridge started working on propane again after a day or two on 120V. At least that's good.

In addition to the other mishaps, on the first day of my trip I managed to scrape the bumper/fender of my truck when a road construction worker guided into a concrete barrier instead of around it as he intended. And today I put a gash in my forehead with the cabinet door that covers the microwave (which I can't use due to the bad inverter).

I should take it easy for a while.
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We could not reset the GFCI with first tries. It has to be pushed in very deeply and you know when you do that. You probably already know that.
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We could not reset the GFCI with first tries. It has to be pushed in very deeply and you know when you do that. You probably already know that.
Thanks Cathy! I checked the GFCI again and I had indeed not reset it correctly. When I did it again using a pen I was able to get power out of the inverter but nowhere else. After resetting the main breaker behind the 12V distribution center I could get power to the all-important microwave, and after resetting the outside GFCI I could get power to the outlet on the kitchen cabinets. So all is good and I can microwave something for dinner tonight. Thanks again!

I think I must have had bad shore power at my last stop. I need to invest in a power filter of some kind. And become a better cook.
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