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Old 11-27-2009
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Default Electrial Problems. Near Miss??

With all the conversation about the Bluebirds catching on fire recently, we got our own wake up call yesterday. We are workamping and have not had our coach on the road for 6 weeks but yesterday, we dropped the 110v line on the left side of our coach. After checking power in, and the gfci in that circuit, we discovered that breakers in the box WERE ok, but still no power at the ground fault. We did a wire around and got the circuit back up, but obviously a broken wire some place and we have not yet discovered where. After much head scratching, this is where we are now. We are getting no voltage at the inverter control panel. We discovered that the inverter was not putting out and our batteries were not charging. We have had a problem with the transfer switch before but on checking it, it looked ok. As a precaution to make sure, we disconnected the land line and started the generator. That worked. Batteries got charged, upon shutting down the generator, reconnecting the land line, everything looked good. The VIP "smart box" agreed that everything looked good and allowed the power into the coach. The transfer switch engaged and within seconds there was a smell of smoke and crackling noise coming from the inverter/charger, lasting about 15 or 20 seconds. Inspection this morning revealed no visible wiring problems, but as we opened the inverter box it appeared that something had leaked from a capacitor? and that it seemed that at least 3 diodes were fried.
AND THAT IS WHERE WE ARE NOW. HELP!!

We realize there is better technology out there than our Freedom 25. Please give us your thoughts on Inverter/Charger as opposed to Individual components. What Brands and where to buy,or any other fixes or suggestions you could offer us.



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"The transfer switch engaged and within seconds there was a smell of smoke and crackling noise coming from the inverter/charger, lasting about 15 or 20 seconds. Inspection this morning revealed no visible wiring problems, but as we opened the inverter box it appeared that something had leaked from a capacitor? and that it seemed that at least 3 diodes were fried."

Bill,

It sounds like the Neutral in the switch box fried, permitting both legs on the Auto Transfer Switch to feed 220 through out your coach thus frying your Freedom 25. You need to look at all systems to check for damage, Mine also fried one of two Satellite receivers.

I'm not the electoral guru here,

Both Freedom 25's had the same internal damage according to Xantrex.

I replace the Auto Transfer Switch and the 2 Freedon 25's with Xantrex RV 3012 inverter/chargers.
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Bill if there is better technology out there then the Freedom series of inverter/chargers then I am not aware of it. I have had a freedom 25 for over 6 years and it has performed perfectly. At 42# it is a gorilla when compared to almost anything else on the market. And in its refurbished form you simply cannot get more bang for the buck. It is a true 3 stage charger with an equalization function. Add the link 1000 to it and you have almost total control of 12VDC in your coach. It allows you to easily troubleshoot the alternator, generator and even the current draw of individual lights and appliances in your coach. The automatic transfer switches in the Bluebirds are the culprits that melted your inverter/charger.
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