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Old 01-15-2009
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Default Redi Line ??

I'm getting ready to do a major electrical overhaul. BTW, I decided to keep and refurb the Perkins gen-set, thanks for all the advice.

I know a lot of people just toss the Redi-line but before I do, I'm going to ask for comments from people that still have theirs and if anyone has re-wired it to different circuits and how they feel about that.

I'm assuming the Redi-line is a good pure sine wave "converter" if functioning well. That is the only reason I'm even considering keeping it in the new plan. If that is wrong, let me know.

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rediline is sill being sold and used in construction
on trucks and forklifts

its takes a lot of 12VT to run it is why the other inverters are used that are more efficient.

for pure sine wave..a motor generator(redi-line) is king!!!!!!
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I got about 4+ years of good service from mine. Only had to clean up the brushes...and the manual showed that procedure. Last year it failed and I could not get it running and after determining the high cost for shipping to service it...decided to replace it with a modern converter...which saved space and weight. BUT, they are good solid units that give great clean 120vt power...if it runs, I would keep it. No wiring changes would be needed if and when you do replace it.

As far as a rewire...the only thing i want to add to my "inverter circuit" beyond the current kitchen outlet, Instahot and icemaker...is half of the outlet at the toespace in front of the pass. seat. This would allow my computer/GPS to be run directly...currently I have a small portable inverter hidden under the seat doing it.

I read that quite a few folks have added big $$$ converters to run lots of items while on the road, but for me, it seems the generator needs and is designed to do the "heavy work" better than adding a big converter and more batts. This is of course just my opinion....what works for you best IS BEST.

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The modified sine wave output of the lower cost inverters will toast some electronic equipment. Usually if it has a 'wall wort' (external power supply)it will be fine, but it fried the charger for my screw gun instantly.

I would assume if you are runing down the road and need limited ure sine wave power the old redi-line would be fine. Otherwise beready to shell out big bucks for a pure sine wave inverter.
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http://www.rediline.com/


http://www.rediline.com/rediline.pdf
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I rewired my rediline to power my tv's in my bus in addition to the ice maker and power drapes. It finally gave up the ghost and I put in a xantrex inverter charger. The inverter uses a lot less dc power (depending on AC load)and I got rid of the battery boilers at the same time. Now I can invert without the bus running also.
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Old 01-19-2009
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Default Redi-line usage

OK, I pulled the cover off my Redi-line and it looks like it's never been used. It's pristine.

Fired up the engine and plugged a 60W bulb into one of the sockets. I didn't think it was working at first because it took well over a minute for the light to come on.

Now come the questions;
I've got two relays in the compartment connecting to the +12V.
One I understand it's the ignition "sense" relay that only energizes the Redi-line if the ignitions is on.
What is the other one?
Does anyone have a diagram they could send me?

While it was running the 60W bulb, I put a clamp ammeter on both 12V leads to the Redi-line and got 16ADC on one and 7ADC on the other.

From the looks of the wires I think the 16A was going through the ignition enabling relay.

Can someone explain the second relay function and where it's being fed from?

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Old 01-19-2009
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Default Ooops - Redi-line 2 relays

Oooops my goof.

On closer inspection, the two relays are in parallel but one must be near double the resistance for the current to split 16A to 7A.

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Default Rediline diagrams

I have some prints from the factory of these circuits that were in my blue box when I bought the bus; I will look through them for you.
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Old 06-23-2009
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Default redline generator

does anyone know which circuits the redline in an 81 fcsb will power. I know it is wired to the ice maker circuit does it go to any of the 110 outlets?
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