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Old 07-11-2013, 07:10 PM   #15
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Generator has priority over shore power. Also, my Onan manual says to let it run for two minutes before adding a load, and to let it run two minutes to cool down after removing the load.

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:30 PM   #16
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It sounds like you are staying at one site for all summer.

So far, since I only park about two weeks in any one location, my generator has plenty of time to get exercised. I use it at times to run the A/C when it gets too hot in the coach while driving (especially in the southern states). I use it when parked at rest stops when we stop for a meal, etc.

I guess this is something I will need to think about when I decide to stay at a park for that long... I hope to find a volunteer opportunity at some point.

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:41 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Sky_Boss View Post
I take the conservative approach....

1. Turn off all high demand devices like the air conditioner.
2. Turn off the shore power at the breaker.
3. Start generator.
4. After it stabilizes (about 1 minute) I turn on everything I can to make it work as hard as possible.
5. 30 minutes or so later start shutting things down.
6. Let genny idle 2-3 minutes with almost no load.
7. shut it off.
8. Restore shore power and back to normal operations.

I do it this way to avoid stressing the ATS any more then needed.
x2 even though i only have a 30 amp "c" still very good way to do it

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