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Old 07-03-2015, 08:49 AM   #1
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Running engine while on shore power

I spent an hour searching on here but can't find the answer. Can you start the engine on the MH to exercise it while on shore power or do I need to disconnect so it will not cause a conflict between the alternator and the converter? I know when you jump start a vehicle you need to disconnect the jumper cables immediately after starting so the alternators won't fight.
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The only issue would be if you drove off while still connected to shore power but all seriousness aside there are no issues or conflicts associated with starting your engine at any time.
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:01 AM   #3
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The only issue would be if you drove off while still connected to shore power but all seriousness aside there are no issues or conflicts associated with starting your engine at any time.
I agree with bubbles. I've owned 3 different Class A diesel pushers and NEVER had an issue with running the engine while plugged into shore power. The transfer switch takes care of this for you.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:02 AM   #5
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The transfer switch takes care of this for you.

I thought the transfer switch was only for separation from shore power and the gen set to prevent back feeding thru the shore power umbilical cord.
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Running the engine while hooked to shore power is no different than running generator while driving down the road as shore power and generator do the same function.
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Old 07-04-2015, 03:47 PM   #7
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Now that makes sense. Thanks
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Very informative.
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its no different than putting a set of jumper cables to start a vehicle. long as your polarity is matched all will be kosher.
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