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Old 01-05-2008, 02:21 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a 98 damon Daybreak, I have a onan gen set,Do i have to unplug from shore power before i start the gen set?I have a magnetek powerplus 7300 series converter..Thanks and Happy Camping
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Hi, I have a 98 damon Daybreak, I have a onan gen set,Do i have to unplug from shore power before i start the gen set?I have a magnetek powerplus 7300 series converter..Thanks and Happy Camping
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:43 PM   #3
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Hi Bill! Well....theoretically, your transfer switch will switch from the shore power to the genset when the gen is running. It will...but.

I made the mistake a few years ago of starting the generator while plugged into shore power while I was running my AC. I ended up burning out my control board on the genset.
In talking with Onan, they told me, to be safe, reduce the load to a minimum before starting the genset while plugged in. Once the transfer switch kicks over then start whatever you want.
I do this during the winter when I exercise the genset. I run two 1500 watt heaters for 1/2 an hour.
Hope this helps...

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Old 01-15-2008, 11:49 AM   #4
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You should not have to unplug when running the genny. Having said that, I do unplug, just in case the transfer switch fails somehow. I have never had a problem in this regard. I have seen other units that do not have a transfer switch, and you have to move a connector inside the electrical box area when switching from land power to genny power. Saw it on a TropiCal('98') which did surprise me that it was configured that way.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:06 AM   #5
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The problem with AC is that if you kill power, even for a fraction of a second it takes to transfer, the motor stalls, Since the pressure has not bleed off, it's can not re-start. This causes a HECK of a load.

In addition there is a very large inductive "kick" from the motor in the AC, heaters, and the like do not have this effect, but the AC will kick the blazes out of things. The result is an even greater effect (or can be)

So, I'd kill A/C's when transferring power, or at least let them sit a couple of minutes before bringing up the generator. Everything else should be ok.
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