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Old 10-03-2017, 09:41 PM   #1
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Be set and low power at campground

Just bought a 18 Phaeton 40IH any way if my coach batteries drop to your preset voltage it will automatically kick gen set on. My question is if you are in a campground with low power will the gen set kick n to protect your ac units? Thank you in advance for your help.
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No,

If you loose shorepower, then the inverter will begin using battery power to make 120vac......for only some circuits. For example: TV's, refrigerator, Mwave, satellite.

Inverters don't run A/C's, fireplace, washer/dryer, etc... they draw too much current.
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You unit is new enough that it "should" have an "Auto-Start" feature.
This will start the gennie when you lose shore power.. HOWEVER... It will not shut off on it's own if your shore power is resumed.... In other words.... it will not supplement shore power.. either run one or the other
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Check into a Hugh's Autoformer. Device to boost low CG voltage situations.
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I think two points of clarification are needed here:

1) The OP states the condition of “low power”. Did you mean a drop in shore power when connected or low battery power from the house battery bank?

2). By saying “to protect your ac units” did you mean air conditioners or AC (120v) appliances or devices plugged into the AC outlets?

More information on which inverter/charger system is installed in this Phaeton model and which options are included (i.e. AGS) will be helpful in answering the OP’s questions.
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You unit is new enough that it "should" have an "Auto-Start" feature.
This will start the gennie when you lose shore power.. HOWEVER... It will not shut off on it's own if your shore power is resumed.... In other words.... it will not supplement shore power.. either run one or the other


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the quick answer as stated is no...

1) getting a nice progressive industries box to isolate your rv from bad power is your first order of business - that way it is either good power or no power getting into the rv's systems.

2) your AGS is helpful only after you set it up as far as @ what battery voltage level and/or what temperature your genny starts up and how long it should run (that way if shorepower goes out, your genny will crank up to recharge batteries or get temperature back down)

I set our ags, but rarely needed it because we are either plugged in at a campground or at the storage shed...
but when loading/unloading at home, I will set it so the batteries won't go down (but since it will scare the wife to death when it cranks up, usually just start the genny anyway if inside)
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Check into a Hugh's Autoformer. Device to boost low CG voltage situations.
Yeaaaaaah. Not always a solution. Most campgrounds have low voltage because of high load and high resistance connections. The AT may boost voltage to your RV but it does it by increasing current load from the campground which can either drop site voltage even more or just pop the breaker on overload.
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