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Old 05-29-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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So I'm plugged into 110 shore, since it's getting warm in SoCal, I wanted to run AC's for awhile and it gives me a chance to exercise my generator. My question is, do I have to always shut off the fridge, unplug the shore power and then start the generator and then turn the fridge back on?
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:35 PM   #2
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If you are unplugging THEN starting your genset you don't need to do anything. It's only when you stay plugged in AND start up your genset that you want to shut off any heavy loads.

It minimizes the chance of arcing in your transfer switch when it flips over from shore to genset... or vica versa. If you're only applying power one at a time it's a moot point.
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If you are unplugging THEN starting your genset you don't need to do anything. It's only when you stay plugged in AND start up your genset that you want to shut off any heavy loads.

It minimizes the chance of arcing in your transfer switch when it flips over from shore to genset... or vica versa. If you're only applying power one at a time it's a moot point.
I am not unplugging the shore and the only thing on is fridge, is that considered a heavy load?
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I am not unplugging the shore and the only thing on is fridge, is that considered a heavy load?
Not to me. I consider the fridge a low power draw item.
I just turn off the Air Conditioners, then start up the generator with the shore power plugged in.
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Fridge draws under 5 amps.
A/c, microwave and water heater on electric would be high draws amps

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I am not unplugging the shore and the only thing on is fridge, is that considered a heavy load?
Oops.. sorry. Thought you were unplugging, but it was part of the question. My bad.

What Dan and Turbs said... but also consider cumulative loads when switching electrical sources.

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We always unplug from shore power when starting generator, easyier on the ATS and make sure ACs are off.
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Thanks all! Just trying to get familiar with all the nuances...this forum and you guys have been a great help so far and one day I'll be able to advise a newbie!
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