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Old 09-22-2012, 11:26 AM   #15
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When the green lights over the door are ON then that's when the 12volt is ON. You want the green lights ON
TV, Microwave are all operated by 120volt shore power (or generator).
All lighting is, on most coaches, 12volt. The overhead lights should work when the green panel lights com ON.
Air conditoiners operate on 120 volt but the controls for the A/C operate on 12 volt.
If your water heater can operate on 120 volt it may be on and be causing your power consumption. Or maybe your A/C is set to come on at a higher temp.
When you turn the 12volt back on the battery charger should start automatically. You should check the house batteries for correct amount of water.
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Thank you, will keep all this in mind. Am taking notes!
Another question, does the generator run on diesel only? If I am sitting on the side of the road somewhere with engine off, can I start the generator by just pushing the start switch on the dash? My son thinks I have to "switch something over" first. I have no idea what he might be thinking of. He thought the gen. operated on LP.








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Old 09-22-2012, 03:12 PM   #17
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I hope this helps you

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Another question, does the generator run on diesel only?
I don't have a Monaco Knight but I can only imagine that it's a diesel gen in a diesel powered coach.

If I am sitting on the side of the road somewhere with engine off, can I start the generator by just pushing the start switch on the dash?
Yes, if it's a diesel it will click for up to a minute before it cranks. That's normal.

My son thinks I have to "switch something over" first.
The "switch over" should be an automatic transfer switch that defaults to the gen.

I have no idea what he might be thinking of.
Me either LOL

He thought the gen. operated on LP.
If you can open the gen compartment it should have some markings on it like brand, model name, etc. It may even say something like "Quiet Diesel". Take a look as see. You could disco the sore power and start the gen so that you'll know if it automatically switches. The microwave is a good appliance to look at to see if there's power as it only operates on gen or shore power. Once gen starts there is a couple minute delay before power starts.









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Babara, you don't let us know where you are located, but if you did, perhaps someone knowledgeable about motorhomes on this forum could come by and show you what you are looking for. There are thousands of members here and I would really be surprised if none of them lived in your city.
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Thank you, will keep all this in mind. Am taking notes!
Another question, does the generator run on diesel only? If I am sitting on the side of the road somewhere with engine off, can I start the generator by just pushing the start switch on the dash? My son thinks I have to "switch something over" first. I have no idea what he might be thinking of. He thought the gen. operated on LP.








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Hi Barb, I went on EBAY and bought a little plug in voltage indicating thingy. It shows how much voltage is available at a 110 v. outlet, also doubles as a night lite. It was about 7 bucks. On my coach, it shows me that 110 v. is available from shore power, generator power or inverter power. I can only assume your generator is diesel fuel powered. Look in the compartment and read the data plate on the generator. It will indicate what fuel it uses. If you are on the road, press the start switch. The generator will start and in a minute or two will provide power for all you 110 v. needs. I normally check that the AC's switches are off when I do this to prevent any possible power surge when the generator relays switch to generator power. Then I turn on the AC's switches if needed. Hope you are able to figure out more things on you coach. If you are ever in S.Florida, send me a message, I would be honored to do a complete review of your coach and get you comfortable with it and it's systems.
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