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Old 01-01-2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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2006 Itasca navion generator

I am new to rv and have question about generator. Right now I have plug on outside plugged in so use house batteries for power.if I start generator do I I leave plug plugged in or unplug?

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Old 01-02-2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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Not sure I understand your statement. Anyway hopefully this will help. If you are plugged into shore power running your generator will likely not do anything but burn fuel. Depending on whether you have an automatic transfer switch it maybe necessary for you plug you shoreline plug into an inboard receptacle for your generator to feed the coach. Paul

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Old 01-07-2014, 07:43 PM   #3
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My Itasca Navion requires that you plug the shore power cord into a receptacle. It does not have an auto - transfer switch. If you run the generator while the unit is plugged into shore power and the cord is not plugged into the receptacle, then the worst thing that happens is the generator runs without a load and you waste fuel.
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It depends on whether you have an auto-transfer switch and that will vary with the model and even the year (for instance my 2008 Winnebago View, essentially the same unit as the Navion above, does have an auto transfer switch.) Check your owner's manual, or just use a voltmeter to monitor the AC voltage while on shore power. Start the generator, and if you have a transfer switch you will probably see a small change in voltage after the generator starts. Without a transfer switch the voltage will stay exactly the same.
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