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Q. Is there a replacement for the old Xantrex IP1012 or RM1012 Inverter/Charger that came with my truck? Can I replace myself?

A. These inverters installed on the assembly line at major truck manufacturers were mounted outside and were waterproof. These were heavy and expensive too. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Friday, February 3, 2017 5:54 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. What are the benefits of an inverter/charger compared to charging batteries via alternator?

A. Inverters with built in chargers, are handy when plugging into an external AC plug (like at a truck stop) to keep the batteries charged and to feed the AC loads directly from the shore power. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:41 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can I set up battery discharge level or % using a Xantrex inverter?

A. Yes, many Xantrex models have adjustable low voltage disconnects to help protect your batteries from over-discharge. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 4:08 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Why does my inverter that I bought at a truck stop not able to power my induction cook top?

A. It is difficult to answer this question  without having all the facts. Typically, the inverters sold at truck stops are not designed to handle demanding, heavy loads. A portable induction cooktop with a single burner consumes roughly 1500W of power. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 3:59 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can I power my air conditioner using an inverter?

A. Some inverters can power some air conditioners. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 3:55 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. I already have an APU. What do I need an inverter for?

A. An APU’s primary function is to take care of a truck’s heating and cooling systems. It has its own motor that charges the truck batteries and provides power for AC electronics. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 3:41 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. If my truck batteries have been exhausted inadvertently, is it possible to recharge them?

A. Sure! Xantrex combination inverter/charger models can charge a dead battery. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can I use my inverter in all climate conditions?

A. Yes, except for some extreme conditions. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Some trucks have difficulty starting the engine after an extended rest period like at night. What can be done to prevent that?

A. When the truck is turned off, the charge to the battery stops. Any load attached and turned on will drain the battery. One way to prevent over-discharge is to turn some loads off, especially larger loads. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. How many different types of inverters does Xantrex offer for heavy duty trucks?

A. Xantrex offers a variety of inverter options for all classes of trucks. From a Class 8 perspective, Xantrex inverters are offered as factory option by the leading heavy duty truck brands. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Thursday, September 1, 2016 5:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Is Xantrex product available through all truck manufacturers?

A. Most truck manufacturers offer Xantrex product as a standard option. However, the option they offer may not work for all applications. For example, a fleet wanted an inverter powerful enough to operate a big heavy duty winch. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Monday, August 1, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. How is Xantrex’s offer better than other manufacturers of inverters?

A. Most truck manufacturers offer Xantrex product as a standard option. However, the option they offer may not work for all applications. For example, a fleet wanted an inverter powerful enough to operate a big heavy duty winch. READ MORE

Author: Steve Carlson | Posted @ Monday, August 1, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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Steve Carlson

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

Steve Carlson is the Xantrex OEM and fleet manager. Steve has over 20 years of experience working in the industry. His positive energy, hands-on-approach and strong technical insight has proven extremely helpful to truck manufacturers, fleets and dealers. Steve has contributed to several editorials on sleeper cab power in leading truck and fleet magazines. In his free time which is very hard to come by, he enjoys fishing.

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