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Old 01-21-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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Real close to buying a 2005 Beaver Vicksburg. Dealer metioned there is a way to set the thermstat located in basement to kick the generator on when the coach gets too hot or cold for the dogs.
Anyone familiar with this?
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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I suppose on the higher end RVs it MAY be possible to find one, although I've never heard of such a thing. It would certainly be welcomed by pet owners and that's why I've never heard of it because there would have been rumblings about one. Perhaps some enterprising engineer could jury rig one.

Generally speaking you shouldn't have to worry about your dogs UNLESS you don't have access to A/C in the desert. You normally wouldn't be out of your RV long enough to have to worry about it getting too cold. In short, I wouldn't worry about it but will be interested to see if anyone has heard of such a thing.
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I have one in my motorhome. It has nothing to do with the basement thermostat. I have a small control box mounted on the wall next to my front thermostat that I can set to start the generator if the temp gets above a preset temperature. This is the company that makes mine and what Monaco uses.
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Real close to buying a 2005 Beaver Vicksburg. Dealer metioned there is a way to set the thermstat located in basement to kick the generator on when the coach gets too hot or cold for the dogs.
Anyone familiar with this?
Not really, but systems like this do exist. Here is an example of one from Magnum Energy Automatic Generator Start Module ( AGS ) If the sales folks say it does exist on the coach, have him show you the manual that explains it.
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Onan has an auto gen start system, EC-30 hard wire or EC-30W wireless system. One of its features is it will sense from the (a) thermostat when cooling is needed, and if there is no shore power, will start the generator.

Here's the link: Cummins Onan RV Generator Energy Command AutoStart Control

It can be generally added to any RV which has an Onan generator installed.
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There is another system that is called Eqinox that also sold by Onan. It controls the genny when a preset discharge of the battery bank is noted.
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Not really, but systems like this do exist. Here is an example of one from Magnum Energy Automatic Generator Start Module ( AGS ) If the sales folks say it does exist on the coach, have him show you the manual that explains it.
My 2007 Travel Supreme has this unit installed and it interacts with the Onan Auto Start panel installed in the same multi plate. I have not seen it actually work as we are on shore power in the camp ground or leave the Onan running while on the road; but I do have it set just in case something happens to the shore power while we are out of the coach.
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Boy am I glad the OP asked this question. After RVing for over 30 years you would think I had at least heard SOMETHING about this but I hadn't. It's good to know this is available, but since I rarely stay in areas where built up heat is a problem, or where I would need power in case there was none, it isn't a factor for me.
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Mine came with this feature also haven't had a need for it yet.
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This is a huge concern for those of us who travel with dogs... and I don't think it has to be in the desert to be a problem during a power failure. It's been discussed at length here on the forum... including many write ups on installation and features.

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Boy am I glad the OP asked this question. After RVing for over 30 years you would think I had at least heard SOMETHING about this but I hadn't. It's good to know this is available, but since I rarely stay in areas where built up heat is a problem, or where I would need power in case there was none, it isn't a factor for me.
This actually happened to me, where we were traveling with our 2 Goldens, left them for a few hours (it was July) and lo and behold, the campground power went out. When we got back to the coach, the inside temperature was in the hi-80's.

Pooches were OK as we got back in time, but I dread if we hadn't.

My current coach has this feature, which I installed, as it did not come in the coach. Better safe than sorry.
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