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Old 11-19-2017, 12:52 PM   #15
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12v is 50percent that seams like it would Be hard on the batterys thatís way I asked . Was told not below 12.2 any other comments.
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Old 11-19-2017, 01:50 PM   #16
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I do 12.0.Entegra recommends 11.7 which is way too low. I am doing well with about 20-30 days year dry camping and using 12.0on the bottom end and auto on the top.
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Old 11-19-2017, 01:50 PM   #17
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There are two trains of thought.

One is run the bank down to 50% and get 1000 cycles out of them before they need replacement. That will get you in the bulk mode of your charger and make the generator run time more effective. Your only going to get near 80% charge anyway. The last 20% of charge is very slow and almost a waist of fuel.

Second is to run them down to only 70%. The batteries will last over 1500 cycles but you'll be running your generator more often or for long periods, lightly loaded, unless you build a larger house bank.

You could also go below 50% charge. Its not the death sentence everybody thinks it is. Running them down to 20% cuts the cycles to about 500. Use a smaller bank and replace them more often. Then if you have a properly sized charger, you really get your moneys worth on the generator run.

Since 12.01 is 50% at rest, I would set the auto start to 11.8 or 11.9 volts, so I know they are at 50%
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Old 11-20-2017, 12:12 PM   #18
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When talking voltages for auto generator to start at and what the DOD is it all depends on whether you have flooded or AGM batteries. 50% DOD occurs at different voltages for each.
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:00 PM   #19
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To the OP,

I think you would have gotten the auto option, if you had just cycled the ignition key. I do not think you had to completely start the engine. There is a safety signal input. It can be set to 3 options, mine is on ignition, I guess your could be set to brake (one of the other options).

It is discussed on page 3 of your EC30 manual.
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All Entegraís should be set up for the safety relay to be on ignition. I have seen a few coaches where it was incorrectly set to park brake.
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If you're referring to me, it was set on "Ignition". Whether I had to fire the engine, fire the engine and disengage/engage the parking brake, or not, or fire the engine or not...I don't know. I only know that once I did the engine start and disengage/engage the "auto" option became available. Thoroughly trial and error, as I did not read the owners manual in a way as suggested by one of the respondents.
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If you're referring to me, it was set on "Ignition". Whether I had to fire the engine, fire the engine and disengage/engage the parking brake, or not, or fire the engine or not...I don't know. I only know that once I did the engine start and disengage/engage the "auto" option became available. Thoroughly trial and error, as I did not read the owners manual in a way as suggested by one of the respondents.
No Dave not yours. I was referring to other owners coaches where the safety relay was set to brake instead of ignition.

If one needs to cycle the ignition prior to engaging the auto gen start the EC-30 panel will tell you to do so.
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