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Old 10-03-2016, 12:19 PM   #1
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1997 CC Intrigue-Only one AC works on Gen Power

I have a weird issue. When on shore power I can turn on both ac units and they cool as normal. When I am on generator power I can only turn on the front unit but not the rear unit. I had the thermostat reconditioned so I hope that is not it. Not sure where else to look. Any ideas?


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Old 10-03-2016, 11:24 PM   #2
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I had the same problem. What I did was replace the breaker's on my PowerTech 7k generator. I figured they were 20yrs old and couldn't handle the load. Guess what, I was right 😁😁
Mine would blow the breaker when I tried running both. Not sure if you have same problem...

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Old 10-04-2016, 09:10 AM   #3
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Mine will sometimes throw the breaker on the generator when I try to start both AC's simultaneously. I've found that if I leave zone 2 off until after zone 1 is started up, then switch zone 2 to cool, it all comes on without problems. Maybe we both need to update that breaker like UncleBilly suggests. But until then maybe the staggered start will work for you.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:46 AM   #4
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I would definitely take a good look at the breakers on the generator. My guess is that you will find other items that don't work when your A/C isn't. There is one breaker for each buss in the Main Circuit Panel.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:07 PM   #5
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You guys were all right. It was the circuit breaker. I love it when it is an easy fix but still kinda embarrassed I missed that. New RV so eventually I will get the lay of the land. On a side note for those of you with PACBrakes. I noticed lower than usual power and an overheating issue when climbing steep grades. Turns out the return spring in my PACbrake was broken. If you can move the valve with your hand its broken. Should have a 120 lbs return spring in the actuator. Ordered a new actuator for 100 bucks through PACbrake. Easy fix and cheap too. Looking forward to not having that overheating issue and being able to tackle those big hills with ease again.

Thanks again everyone,

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Old 10-06-2016, 07:51 AM   #6
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Get yourself a voltmeter as it makes checking things like this very easy.

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