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Old 06-09-2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Hi everyone new to RV life. I own a 1998 40 foot Fleetwood American Tradition with a Cummins C 8.3 with a mechanical injection pump.
We are going on our first test run next weekend and I have a question. When plugging in the 50 amp shore line power line what do I need to do inside the coach before I plug it in. Thanks for your help
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Before plugging in ensure high current draw items are turned off - microwave, air conditioning, etc. turn off the breakers at the campground pedestal. Plug in your shore power cord. Turn on the pedestal breakers.

Do you have power protection? Not just a surge suppression device. But something that also checks and qualifies the power before enabling it to flow through to your coach. Your coach may have one already built in, or you can use a portable unit that you plug online at the pedestal. Progressive industries is a popular brand.
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Before plugging in ensure high current draw items are turned off - microwave, air conditioning, etc. turn off the breakers at the campground pedestal. Plug in your shore power cord. Turn on the pedestal breakers.

Do you have power protection? Not just a surge suppression device. But something that also checks and qualifies the power before enabling it to flow through to your coach. Your coach may have one already built in, or you can use a portable unit that you plug online at the pedestal. Progressive industries is a popular brand.
Vsheetz thank you for your reply. I do have a power protection system called the power defender by Camco. When using shore line power do I need to have the inverter on? Do I need to have the coach batteries turned on? Do I need to keep the Engine batteries on?
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Vsheetz thank you for your reply. I do have a power protection system called the power defender by Camco. When using shore line power do I need to have the inverter on? Do I need to have the coach batteries turned on? Do I need to keep the Engine batteries on?
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Inverter no need,if I'm camping I leave batteries on ,in storage I turn them off.
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When using shore line power do I need to have the inverter on? Do I need to have the coach batteries turned on? Do I need to keep the Engine batteries on?
Inverter itself doesn't need to be on, but make sure that turning it off does not also disable the 12v converter & battery charging function. It doesn't in my 2004, but yours has a different system. Basically you can leave the inverter on all the time - there is seldom any reason to manually turn it off. It won't actually invert unless shore power is lost.

Leave the battery switch on, so that the batteries continue to receive a charge while on shore power. Likewise for the engine batteries. Your coach has automatic systems to manage this and you don't need to do anything.

Is your coach equipped with the Heart Source Manager II? If it is, it contains circuitry that protects against miswired shore power outlets and over/under voltage.
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I leave my inverter turned on all the time. It does not have to be turned off before plugging into shore power.
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