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Old 04-09-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Removing generator from camper

I will be removing the Onan generator from my Arctic Fox camper in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone has done this. Are there any wires that remain that will be hot? We got tired of the noise and spitting oil from the intake. Any help would be appreciated.

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Yes, the exposed wires will be hot when you are on shore power. Use an appropriately sized wire nut and electrical tape if make the wires safe.

If you want to use and external generator, install a plug at the three wires and connect your portable generator to that connections.

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The only wire that will be hot is your 12 volt going to the generator starter. cap off your propane line if that is your fuel for your genny. The 120 Volt lines from the shore power and the generator are kept separate by either a transfer switch or by plugging the camper shore power cord into a receptacle coming off the generator feed. There is no way to have them both hot at the same time that I am aware of once the generator is removed.
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A lot of the trailers do not use a transfer switch. And depending on where you cut/disconnect wiring, you could have a hot 120volt circuit as well. To be on the safe side, wirenut and tape any wires you cut or disconnect.

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A lot of the trailers do not use a transfer switch. And depending on where you cut/disconnect wiring, you could have a hot 120volt circuit as well. To be on the safe side, wirenut and tape any wires you cut or disconnect.

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If an automatic transfer switch isn't used, there will be a separate receptacle for plugging in the trailer electric cord to run off the generator. The 120-volt cable at the generator will not be "hot" at the generator when the RV is plugged into shore power or it would back-feed the generator which would damage it.

I have owned three RVs with on board factory installed generators and they either used a transfer switch or a separate receptacle. On two of those RVs I have removed the generators for service and continued using the RV connected to shore power while the generator was removed and the 120-volt connection at the generator was not "hot". The only wire that is "hot" is the 12-volt positive generator starter cable which I disconnected at the house batteries.

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