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Old 06-18-2019, 07:14 PM   #1
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Samlex 1500 Stopped Working

My Samlex 1500, circa 2014, stopped working. It came on like it usually did, but then stopped putting out power when we hit "start" on the 800 watt microwave. The Samlex still power's up, the fan is running, but it's not putting out 110 volt power.
I've tried most of the usual fix's; powering it down, disconnecting it from input power, using the switch instead of the remote (and vice versa)... The reset on the outlet seems a but suspect to me, I may try to replace it, but I doubt power is getting to it in the first place (the little green light indicating the outlet has power isn't on).
I tried contacting Escape. They passed on to me the phone number for Samlex.
I've only used this thing a few times over the last five years. This is our second unit as the first on failed the first week of owning the unit. I've read about the time we picked up our trailer Samlex had produced and supplied some "bad". units. So? I'm really bummed this thing has failed after so few uses.
Should I just eat the money and replace it with a new one? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:38 PM   #2
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Are your batteries fully charged, or close to it? My Samlex will stop working if the battery voltage is too low, indicating discharge. If the batteries are less than about 80% according to the battery monitor, I can forget about using the microwave. Above 90% it's a sure thing, between 80%-90% the inverter will work but it will fuss, making a whining alarm noise. Percentages are approximate, from my memory.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:30 PM   #3
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I just replaced the batteries on my 2014 Escape. Yours may have reached end of life? On mine there was not the dramatic failure, little things like not able to get to a full charge while on solar, inability to use the microwave, quick discharge when boondocking.

I replaced with AGM. Too early to make any judgments but I think the propane alarm will finally stop.
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:32 AM   #4
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The most common problem with these symptoms is a tripped GFI/GFCI receptacle. The "power" light (not all GFIs have them and some work backwards) at the socket goes out when the GFI has tripped. You need to press firmly on the reset button, sometimes very firmly. You should feel it click in.

If it won't reset I would remove it and check for power at its feeds (or have an electrician do it - 120V can be fatal.)
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:35 PM   #5
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The Samlex is drawing 13.3 vdc, so it appears it has enough input power.
I'm trying to evaluate/replace the outlet in the back. It has a bit of odd wiring to it. It looks like the green ground ground wire is connected to one side of one of the "power" wires, and there is a yellow thing (capacitor?) connected across the "power" wires. Don't know why it's there?
I'm thinking just replace it with a new outlet and leave the wires the way they are
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:47 PM   #6
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Wiring Pic

Here is a pic of the wiring to the outlet.....
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The Samlex is drawing 13.3 vdc, so it appears it has enough input power.
I'm trying to evaluate/replace the outlet in the back. It has a bit of odd wiring to it. It looks like the green ground ground wire is connected to one side of one of the "power" wires, and there is a yellow thing (capacitor?) connected across the "power" wires. Don't know why it's there?
I'm thinking just replace it with a new outlet and leave the wires the way they are
Gary
The green ground wire is connected to the neutral wire (should be white wire) bonding the neutral to ground. If you look at the breaker box for your house, the ground and neutral are connected there as well - it's an electrical code requirement.

I can't read the print on the "yellow thing" but there is a good likelihood that it is a metal oxide varistor.
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What AGM and Source

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I just replaced the batteries on my 2014 Escape. Yours may have reached end of life? On mine there was not the dramatic failure, little things like not able to get to a full charge while on solar, inability to use the microwave, quick discharge when boondocking.

I replaced with AGM. Too early to make any judgments but I think the propane alarm will finally stop.
We just got a 2014 21' this month. The Interstate batteries will be 5 years old in July, and we're not sure how long they last. 5 years seems close to end-of-life.


Could you share the AGMs you selected and where you got them.



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I just remembered that I also had a problem with the inverter that was due to its GFCI tripping. You do have to push the button in really hard to get it to reset. Try this.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:06 PM   #10
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Samlex 1500

Thanks for the great advice.
Today, I got out of my own way, and finally took the voltmeter to the wires supplying the GFIC outlet only to find that the Samlex was putting out AC.
Hmmmmmm, has to be the GFIC. So, I bought a new on from the big orange box store. That one didn't work, either. I tested it by hooking it up to an AC outlet and...no power. I couldn't seem to reset it, either.
Then, I put a simple duplex outlet in the Samlex and it worked fine. I searched through my hardware stuff and found an old GFIC. I tested it using a house outlet. It worked! I scrapped paint off the mounting holes and put it in the Samlex.
I'm back in business. I'm glad I didn't give up.
And, yes, those Reset buttons are darn hard to press....
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