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Old 02-21-2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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Hello All, I know similar question is posted but could noy find this issue. I have 1999 National Seabreeze all seems fine. When I start the Genset Gernerac 5500 the EMS digital amps reads 3 amps with nothing on. No lights, no heaters, no LP, no tank heaters, rear tv unplugged. antenna booster off, fridge off, nothing I can find. Is this normal current draw with nothing running? Or where should I look??
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Hello All, I know similar question is posted but could noy find this issue. I have 1999 National Seabreeze all seems fine. When I start the Genset Gernerac 5500 the EMS digital amps reads 3 amps with nothing on. No lights, no heaters, no LP, no tank heaters, rear tv unplugged. antenna booster off, fridge off, nothing I can find. Is this normal current draw with nothing running? Or where should I look??
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:26 PM   #3
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It is probably charging the batteries.
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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Probally the battery charger charging the batteries. Does the amperage drop some after a while?
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:42 PM   #5
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Battery Charger? I will run for 30 minutes Friday and see. 3 AMPS seemed like a lot.
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You are charging 2 to 3 very large batteries at one time, so that amperage is not unreasonable. 3 amps at 120 is 30 amps at 12 volts (though actual voltage should be 13.8) which effectively work out to 10 to 15 amps per battery. One way to be sure is to turn off the breaker to the charger/inverter and see if amperage disappears. If not turn each breaker off individually untill the current disappears, then see what that breaker feeds.
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My American Tradition runs at about 3 amps all the time, with "nothing" on. Background power usage, mostly the inverter/charger charging and supplying 12v power for things like the LPG detector and associated LPG valve, CO detector, and the circuit boards for fridge and such etc. that always keep a small amount of power when sitting idle. If nothing else, they stay alive to sense when you push the on switch. Your tvs, microwave and such keep a small amount of 120 VAC power on for the same reason - they have electonic switches rather than mechanical ones.
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On your National SeaBreeze, I believe the power converter plugs in to an outlet in the basement behind the exterior door... and if you uplug it, the 3 amps will probably disappear.
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