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Old 05-02-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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Thermostat and Auto Generator Start Settings

I plan on several trips this year to California State Parks along the coast. Almost all will be dry camping. I usually stay at full hookup parks but it is time to venture into new territory. Today I tested the AGS with low volatage settings. It worked just fine.

My problem is that I am not sure how to set the thermostat to have the A/C come on while we are away from the coach.

I really need someone to talk me through the steps. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I bought a coach with most of the bells and whistles but don't know how to work them all. I am getting there just from this forum.

Thanks in advance

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Don...Are you not sure how to set the AC from the inside wall controls? I want to make sure I am answering with the correct info...



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Old 05-02-2009, 10:54 PM   #3
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Yes, it is the inside controls in question. I have the AGS system all set up for auto start, just can't figure out how to set the temp controls on the thermostat

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OK..I believe there are 2 ways to set the Auto-gen start to come on in two different manners...one is if the batteries drop to a certain reading and the other is if a certain temp is reached. (Correct me if I am wrong, guys...)

The inside wall settings should be as follows...
  • Choose your Zone (1 is front - 2 is bedroom)
  • Make sure the switch on the very bottom of the thermostat is switched to on (It switches to the left & right)
  • You need to hit the switch to set the fan speed to "Auto"
  • Push the "Mode" button to AC (You have such choices as: AC - Heat Pump - Furnace - Off and maybe Fan)
  • Set the temp to your desired temp setting
I think that is all. This is from memory so I will go out and double-check tomorrow...

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Old 05-03-2009, 08:08 PM   #5
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after setting your comfort controll, make sure you set the temp.adjustment knob on the AGS box where you want it. Make sure the AGS box is set to ATS,(auto temp start), not AGS (auto gen start). This applies to both types, the stand alone system, or the intagrated monitor panal system.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:06 PM   #6
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Thanks MM and Jethro

I re-read the Magnum Operaters Manual. I missed the spot that said to set the air conditioner thermostat to match the AGS "Start Temp" setting.
I like to test things to make sure they work as advertized even tho I may never need them.

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I think the auto gen set will turn on when the temp reaches the set temp made to the outside control panel. This will happen even if you are hooked to power. The reading I believe is take from the bedroom thermostat. I think this has been discussed before. Once you have gen power what ever is on inside the coach will have power.
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I tested this feature and it worked fine. However there is an issue in coaches where the temp is set by the dial on the AGS unit in the inverter bay rather than from the remote control in the coach. The AGS does not sense if you are on shore power or not so when the temp in the coach reaches the temp set on the AGS unit the gen will start even if shore power is on. I spoke to the Magnum reps at the last Monaco rally in Salem and they were offering an up grade to the AGS that let you set all functions from the remote (time of day, quiet time, start temp and run hours) and sensed if there was shore power available. I think the upgrade cost 50 or 100 dollars. Thinks may have changed since then but I would call Magnum tech support they are very responsive.
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You are right about Magnum tech support. I had to call them a few months back when a circuit board in my inverter failed. They are very customer friendly. They also mentioned the upgrade in work.

I disable my AGS when I am on shore power. So that isn't a problem. It is supposed to be nice this weekend and we plan to go to Ventura county beaches. It is all dry camping so this will be the big test of the AGS. My unit is set to 75 degrees and I will set the thermostat the same. This is no big trip for us as Ventura is only a 2 hour trip down the road.

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Dave
You are right about Magnum tech support. I had to call them a few months back when a circuit board in my inverter failed. They are very customer friendly. They also mentioned the upgrade in work.

I disable my AGS when I am on shore power. So that isn't a problem. It is supposed to be nice this weekend and we plan to go to Ventura county beaches. It is all dry camping so this will be the big test of the AGS. My unit is set to 75 degrees and I will set the thermostat the same. This is no big trip for us as Ventura is only a 2 hour trip down the road.

Thanks for the advice

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The issue for some of us is that we would like to have the AGS set when on shore power. This is because we leave our pets in the motorhome and would like for the generator to keep them cool if the campground power was lost while we were away. Think I will contact Magnum about the upgrade.

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I just touched base with Magnum and they are indeed customer friendly..The AGS temp setting in a 2009 coach in the panel is inside the AGS menu..even though there is an old style manual one in the inverter bay it is ineffective when remote is connected.

1. The AGS will not come on at all when plugged into shore power on 2009 models.

2. I noted that my AGS was coming on with the temp sensor because any electrical interference...gen, charger and INVERTER (especially the inverter) make the temp sensor start jumping all over the place..when these are off if you go into the tech screen, you can see the AGS temp reading. When off, it doesn't move...working with Magnum now on it but the fact that the power will come on (and thus the AC if temp is set) if post power goes out, is good enough for me. Hopefully there will be an easy fix for this but if this jumping is normal--it's not the end of the world. My test with AGS temp reading (the old hair dryer trick) showed it reading like it should...
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