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Old 10-17-2018, 11:03 PM   #1
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Anyone installing an AGS (auto start generator)

Anyone install a auto start for the generator on a onan 4k? What did you use? Right now if I boon dock I start the 4k and leave it run all night , looking for suggestions. Mainly worried about battery voltage for the propane furnace draw
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If you boondock often, adding another battery or pair of GC2s may be a better fix. Then you should be able to get thru the night without the generator.

I installed a pair of 6 volt GC2s in a compartment and tied them into the single 12 volt battery under the step. I didn't follow the mixing battery rules but it worked great for 4 years.
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I agree with Twinboat but, Onan has the EC-30 AGS. It's spendy, may require an additional wiring harness and, according to Onan, may require a technician up to 12 hours to install.
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Adding one is on my to do list, The one I am considering is the GSCM or possibly the GSCM-mini GSCM-mini-60Hz (USA & Canada) - Atkinson Electronics - Circuit Boards


My thought would be to set it up to start on low battery voltage, as well as start on relay signal from the air conditioner thermostat using an add on time delay relay.


In theory this would work on those warm evenings with cooler nights, allowing the air conditioner to call for auto start, then shut down the generator with a short cool down delay once the interior was down to set point and if it warms up inside restart the generator as needed.


Sure this is simple, and the base unit does not include features for quiet hours, or the like, but if camping in such a location I can just turn off the auto-start master power switch from a dash mounted control switch.


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The onan EC 30 is obsolete no new version is available as far as I know.
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The onan EC 30 is obsolete no new version is available as far as I know.
I thought it is the EC-30W (wireless remote) that is no longer available. I think the EC-30 is still available, but is time consuming to install.
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Thatís the exact model auto generator start that is on my 2018 ACE. Never looked at it that close till I saw your pic. It works too.
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I installed this one in my coach this summer, all worked as designed during installation and testing. Have not had occasion for it to do it's job as I was plugged into shore power all summer and have now parked it for winter.
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I just installed the Magnum network version as I have a Magnum 2012 with the remote. All of the settings and control works via the remote. Simple install and it works great. My Onan is a 5500.
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I dont have an inverter, maybe I should install one, space is limited on a 07 Fleetwood tioga 31m, I do have 2 6 volt batteries
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Adding one is on my to do list, The one I am considering is the GSCM or possibly the GSCM-mini GSCM-mini-60Hz (USA & Canada) - Atkinson Electronics - Circuit Boards


My thought would be to set it up to start on low battery voltage, as well as start on relay signal from the air conditioner thermostat using an add on time delay relay.


In theory this would work on those warm evenings with cooler nights, allowing the air conditioner to call for auto start, then shut down the generator with a short cool down delay once the interior was down to set point and if it warms up inside restart the generator as needed.


Sure this is simple, and the base unit does not include features for quiet hours, or the like, but if camping in such a location I can just turn off the auto-start master power switch from a dash mounted control switch.


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This looks interesting. All I am after is if shore power drops out then the generator starts, would have to install a transfer switch I would think. Just want to keep ac unit running for fur babies
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Anyone installing an AGS (auto start generator)

This system is triggered to start the generator either by coach temperature or battery voltage drop. Iím very happy with mine. You already have the transfer switch required to switch between shore power and generator. The stand alone AGS version simply has a remote switch that acts as both a temperature sensor and on/off switch that can also run a test start routine.
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