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Old 01-07-2014, 03:31 PM   #15
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Jim,

I have two, the Trace RC7-GS and the Onan Wireless EC-30W.

I generally use the RC7-GS most of the time unless we happen to leave the coach for awhile when it is extremely hot outside with both A/C's running full bore. Then I turn on the Onan EC-30W which has a Temperature sensor for when power has been interrupted that will auto start the generator to keep the A/C's running.

I don't want to come home and find my Golden Retriever stressed out due to heatstroke or something worse.

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when we bought our new class A, was not sure about the residential fridge that came with unit. Never had a problem with the norcold ( )!! Have an auto gen start and 4 very large house batteries. At home plugged into 15 amp that keeps the fridge running and use it as a another fridge. There are times when the genset runs all by itself, due to low battery. watching tv, using thr microwave, ect does draw some power. That is my mancave!! Either way make sure you have an auto gen start, love mine and very happy with our buy. You can set run times, quiet times, when to start for low batteries (suggest low not less that 11. mine set at 11.5) Bets of luck and enjoy what ever you do!!!
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We have over 600 watts of solar power and thinking of adding another 300 watts. Currently, they will charge up to 35 amps when the sun is just right. They will run everything during the day and get the six house batteries up to float. About 3-4 hours after the sun goes down, the generator will start and I have it set to run for 2 hours and shut down. At night, I turn the refrig up to 45* from 38 and the basement freezer up to 8* from 0. At about 6 am, the gen will start, we turn the refrig and freezer back down, cook breakfast and run it for three hours. About 9 am, the sun takes over for another day. The refrigerator and basement freezer work best if they are full. If the freezer is only 1/3 to 1/2 full, I will add a bag of ice to fill it up so it's more efficient.
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(suggest low not less that 11. mine set at 11.5) Bets of luck and enjoy what ever you do!!!

FWIW, from what I have read, the house batteries should not be discharged below 50% before being recharged back up to float. 12.2 is considered be at 50% charge. Taking the batteries down to 11 or 11.5 volts will greatly shorten their life.
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I have a 2013 Thor Palazzo 33.3 DP and it has an awesome 18.5 cft. residential refer, I dry camp often as well. spent a week on the beach during thanksgiving and set the genny on auto start. It cycled 2-3 times a day to maintain the whole coach. I don't measure consumption of fuel, rather spend my time enjoying myself
Just curious-- what voltage do you set the AGS to start at ?
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During the winter months I set mine for 12 VDC. During the warmer months it is set for 12.2 VDC.

This allows for my Aqua-Hot to run a little longer before the AGS kicks in.

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Just curious-- what voltage do you set the AGS to start at ?
I have it set at 11.5 vdc. The default setting was 11.9 vdc. I lowered it to keep genny from cycling too often.
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I have it set at 11.5 vdc. The default setting was 11.9 vdc. I lowered it to keep genny from cycling too often.
How many Amp Hours is that big battery bank? And what else is drawing from it at night to make that genny kick on after a few hours?
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My inverter would not work under 11,8 volts and batteries would not last.
That's why solar works so well for me. Genny using converter never charged batteries properly.
My warning voltage is now 12 Volts which never happens because its less then 50% charge.
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