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Trace Model 2524 inverter pop out 20 amp fuse trips when any significant loads is applied in our converted bus. Never had a problem before, just started.

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  • pgj2j Oct 03, 2009

    Thanks but it happens on both heat pump and portable space heater we have used many times before.

  • pgj2j Oct 03, 2009

    Thanks for your help. Heat pump is working now (whew,it is 45 outside today!). When we picked up bus from storage yesterday the house batteries were dead for some reason. The only thing we can figure is the batteries didn't fully charge when on the road and are now fully charged as we were plugged in to direct ac. House batteries must have been charged fully thru the night so now things seem to be working fine. Now we need to figure out why house batteries were dead. Thank you all.

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Make sure it's not the 'load' you're trying to run. It may be that the device is the problem. Do you have something different to try to fun?

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

  • Craig Butler
    Craig Butler Oct 03, 2009

    Do you have any test meter? Is the inverter hooked to a good supply voltage (battery)?

  • Craig Butler
    Craig Butler Oct 03, 2009

    Could you please give me a good rating for the help?

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