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Old 01-13-2012, 04:32 AM   #1
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While roaming about at the Tampa RV show I visited the Onan booth and talked with a rep about these. It's an interesting piece of equipment and I can see some benefits. How many of you have one of these? What do you see as the main benefits? Is it worth the $$? I'm kinda treading water in this.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:48 AM   #2
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Will let you know in a few weeks. Intend to purchase/install one at Quartzite. We have dogs and fear for their comfort/safety...
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Hope to hear someones experience today or tomorrow before the show ends. Concern for your pets is one of the reasons we're considering one.
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I installed one of these last year. Put it in because of the reasons mentioned above, pets. The unit is easy to install and works as advertised. I have no hesitations with purchasing the unit.

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In my book an AGS is one of those inventions that is a must have especially for boondocking. It will automaticaly maintain batteries and eliminate the need for frequent monitoring. We have had an AGS for three years now and would not go without.
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Have one but haven't had the occasion to use it yet. Main benefit if you have something that has to stay powered life or death and you are worried the power might go off while you are gone.
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I should have mentioned a few of the assets to having an AGS. When cold weather boondocking it will maintain the battery bank for running the furnace. It is programmable for quiet time.
We have a residential refrigerator so the batteries must be maintained.
If for some reason shore power fails it will automaticly maintain power.
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I think it's important to remember that even with an autostart it's not a mindless operation. It still works best if you're thinking about the battery charge levels and planning ahead. Here's an example:

Autostart is set for 11.8 volts, and quiet time is set for 9:00pm to 8:00am. It's going to be cold tonight, so the furnace blower will run fairly often and let's say you have a residential fridge. If you're at 11.9 volts at 8:55pm, the autostart is still thinking everything is fine, will you have enough battery to last until morning? Maybe, maybe not. While it's fine all day and the gen can run when it needs to, that quiet time will allow the batteries to drop below whatever "safe" threshold you've set, 50% or 60% of battery capacity, and possibly down to inverter shut down voltage.

I have the hardwired autostart in my MH and it is nice to be able to leave the AC on but not running. When the coach heats up above the set temp, the generator starts and the AC runs until it's cool inside again. The four footed kids love it and I do too.
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