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Old 05-28-2012, 12:24 PM   #15
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Your dealer is a idiot (-:


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Old 05-28-2012, 12:38 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by jauguston View Post

Your dealer is a idiot (-:

Aren't most!!! We all know we can teach most of the salesman out there a thing or 2 about RV's, cars, appliances, ect, ect. Although occasionally you will find one that knows what he's talking about

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All other considerations aside, it is just good form and common sense to "unload" your electrical system prior to switching over. We always turn off everything we can that is running on AC, especially the air conditioners, microwave, and home theatre prior to moving from shore to gen or vice versa. It is simply too much load to transfer immediately, and often, without expecting something to "give" somewhere down the line. Our current coach is all*electric with two inverters and lots and lots of batteries but I still wouldn't change the procedure.
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Originally Posted by dsbike

Aren't most!!! We all know we can teach most of the salesman out there a thing or 2 about RV's, cars, appliances, ect, ect. Although occasionally you will find one that knows what he's talking about
Why don't you tell us how you really feel? LOL
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:23 PM   #19
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The answer in any case is that he cannot use power from both simultaneously.
This is true for several reasons. If both sources were 50 amp, you could be supplying 100 amps per line and burn everything out. Also, who's to say the generator is in phase with the shore power on frequency? You can't synchronize them out of phase. Also, if the generator was supplying power at a slightly different voltage than shore power (as is likely), then one would start picking up load from the other. You could end up trying to carry the whole campground from your generator.

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In regard to your question is yes and no you can the yes part of it is this if the power goes out in the campground you can start your gen because the coach does not draw from shore power at all however the no part is if your trying to run both the gen and shore power at once it will not work unless you physically remove or shut down the shore power like the other say if it is not a automatic switch and you have to manuelly switch it over then yes if it's automatic then no you can't and you will over run the rish of poss. over loading the system you may also have a regulator that could prvent it from happening but I would not suggest it one or the other not both my coach has a manuel kick over not a automatic one once I unplug from shore line I start the gen and kick it over... Best of luck
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Virtually all modern RV's have the shore power/generator deal figured out so us dummies can't screw things up and try to have both energized at the same time. Two ways are used. The first and most common is a automatic transfer switch. Most of them default to shore power. If the switch senses shore power it feeds it to the electrical panel. If it senses the generator has been started there is usually a minute or two delay and then the transfer switch disconnects the shore power and engages the generator power to the panel. All done automatically and is totally safe.
The second method is a manual system where there is a cord and plug going to the electrical panel. There are two plug sockets. One from the shore power and one from the generator. You plug the electrical panel cord into the one you want to use. Just as safe-less convenient.


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