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Old 11-08-2014, 06:47 AM   #31
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The tech that did my walk-through on my new 3050s last month made a statement that I did not pick up on at first. He stated "Never start the Onan with the power card plugged into the AC pedestal". I have seen many "A" class RV's started while plugged in.

Don't know why anyone would say that. There is a transfer switch on the power line into the MH. It favors the generator. So when you are on shore power and start the generator, as soon as it stabilizes and starts outputting power, the transfer switch will change your AC power supply from shore to generator automatically. At that point there is no need to stay connected to shore power, but there is no need to disconnect it just because the generator is running. (In my 2300, the transfer switch is in an electrical box under the bed. Not sure where it would be in yours, but it is there somewhere.)

When I installed my power management system, I did it after the transfer switch so I have surge protection and under/over voltage protection, as well as a digital readout on power, no matter whether I am on shore power or generator. That does leave the transfer switch "exposed" to possible surges, but I prefer having the protection on both shore and generator.


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Old 11-08-2014, 07:32 AM   #32
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I would have called Onan personally on the phone and got up the ladder as far as I could to see if they would help. This is the first time I have heard of running a Gen 2 hours a month.. we plan to leave our unit in an enclosed garage.. so that means it would have to be backed out of the garage ever month to run it.. Crazy...

I guess if you are doing a lot of trips you could just kick it on and use your AC or TV or something else while traveling to the campground.... but that just does not seem right.

Does anyone use any gas additives? I use an additive in my Porsche which sits in the garage for long periods ... it never gets any fuel issues..
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:35 AM   #33
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I would have called Onan personally on the phone and got up the ladder as far as I could to see if they would help. This is the first time I have heard of running a Gen 2 hours a month.. we plan to leave our unit in an enclosed garage.. so that means it would have to be backed out of the garage ever month to run it.. Crazy...

I guess if you are doing a lot of trips you could just kick it on and use your AC or TV or something else while traveling to the campground.... but that just does not seem right.

Does anyone use any gas additives? I use an additive in my Porsche which sits in the garage for long periods ... it never gets any fuel issues..

We talked about it earlier
I use Seafoam in my winter storage fill up and then run the gen on the way back to the farm so the treated fuel gets distributed
I actually am a fan of driving the Unit once a month so on this drive I start the gen put on the air (for a load) and freeze my TUSH off
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:15 AM   #34
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The tech that did my walk-through on my new 3050s last month made a statement that I did not pick up on at first. He stated "Never start the Onan with the power card plugged into the AC pedestal". I have seen many "A" class RV's started while plugged in.
I think it's just good practice not to start the generator when plugged in. True the transfer switch circuit should provide protection but if it malfunctions you could fry your electrical system and the generator or start a fire. Why put yourself or your equipment in that position purposely.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:54 AM   #35
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Davidki...I use Onagard (Onan) to fog the genset. My genset is a 4KY and my manual recommends fogging the carb and then draining the remaining gas in the bowl, about 1/4 cup.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:43 AM   #36
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Davidki...I use Onagard (Onan) to fog the genset. My genset is a 4KY and my manual recommends fogging the carb and then draining the remaining gas in the bowl, about 1/4 cup.

This is what I would do if I still lived up North and "Put Her up for Winter"
But if you can run it one a month like I can in the Carolina's the Seafoam is added protection and keeps that unit ready to go.
Never know when you might need a "mobile"home at short notice
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:04 PM   #37
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For winter genset exercise I start it up and plug in a 1500w ceramic heater set on full hot and run that for the recommended time, also while turning on most to the lights to run some 12v through that side of the RV's electrical system.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:14 AM   #38
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For winter genset exercise I start it up and plug in a 1500w ceramic heater set on full hot and run that for the recommended time, also while turning on most to the lights to run some 12v through that side of the RV's electrical system.

I like your idea for loading the electrical system better than mine (A/C)
I thought it was a good idea to exercise the AC unit and kill two birds with one stone but I'm guessing it's not necessary considering all the thousands of units that are stored for winter and never run the AC unit till spring
I keep a ceramic on low (40 f) all winter just cause I can so ill just crank that up on my monthly run around town on Gen power
Thanks you guys for all the good ideas
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:55 AM   #39
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thank you mshell56118 i got all my money back for the repair. onan covers all parts and labor as long as the generator is under 3 years old a under one hundred hours keep on camping
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Looking at a Sunseeker 3010DS, comes with a 4K Onan. Is this really enough generator? Unit has a 15K a/c, 4 door fridge, gas/elec water heater, etc. I have a similar load on my current T/T and run 2 x 2K gens "paired". Sometimes my setup has trouble keeping up with the load. I realize my setup probably puts out a bit less than 4K. I notice most similar sized class A units run a 5.5K genset. Any thoughts?
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