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Old 04-02-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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If we were to lose shore power while away from the campsite, is there a way to get the generator to automatically start up?

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Old 04-02-2015, 05:44 PM   #2
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Yes, and in fact we're having an auto start switch installed on our fiver at this writing. But you also have to make sure you have an auto transfer switch so that it can switch between shore power and generator power without causing damage. When you do this you can set the auto start switch to start the generator when the voltage drops to 11 volts among other settings. So if you go to bed at night and the shore power goes out you can set the auto start switch to run the generator when the voltage drops to 11 volts and to run for an hour or whatever you set it to and then turn off until the voltage drops again. And if the shore power is restored the batteries should maintain 12 + volts and the generator would not start if its not needed.
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