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Old 07-16-2014, 07:51 PM   #1
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Generator runs but no electricity

I have a 2000 Itasca Spirit 31T. It is new to me. I thought I had everything working and figured out. But... I've never dealt with a generator before.

If the generator is running shouldn't I be able to use anything in the coach that's 120v? It doesn't appear to generate electricity to anything. On the right side of the generator is a switch (breaker) that controls the feed to the coach, batteries, outlets, whatever. I have it in the ON position. I have checked the breakers and fuses below the fridge and the breakers in the storage pod by the door. What am I missing?

Thanks in advance as always.

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Old 07-16-2014, 07:56 PM   #2
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Is the shore power cord plugged into the recepticle in the bay where your power cord is stored?

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I'm not sure if this will help but this is what I do.
Make sure the shore power cord is plugged into its socket. Mine is in the same location as the cord. This is only need if you have a manual transfer switch which I do.
Turn off the main breaker.
Start your genny and let it run for about a minute or two.
Flip on your main breaker and you should have power.
If you don't check for a breaker on your genny.
If possible post make and size of your genny for our more experience members can help you.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:11 PM   #4
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May not have a plug on it. Genset will likely have a breaker on it. Confirmed that the breaker (at the genset) isn't tripped?
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Plugging in the shore power did the trick. Makes complete sense now that it's been stated. I just assumed the generator was wired into the system. Everything immediately came on. Thanks again guys.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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As other have already stated, you don't have an automatic transfer switch that would switch between shore power and the generator. Instead, to use the generator you need to plug the end of the shore power cord into the generator socket inside your electrical compartment.

Here's the Body, 110 Volt Wiring Diagram for your coach. At the top of the last page you'll see an illustration of the generator power socket and the power cord to plug into it. Here's the Body, 110 Volt Wiring Installation for your coach as well. In detail DA on the upper right corner of page 5 you'll see the location of the generator socket.

Just fyi, here's the 2000 Spirit Brochure as well.

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