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Old 08-28-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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ELECTRICAL OVERLOAD when using generator

Ent camping last week first time using a 2000 Honda generator. I had it going and started the microwave. The M/W turned off completely. No light! Checked the generator and the over load light was on. Turned off generator and started it back up. Light off on generator. Tried a small iron. Same issue.

IS THERE AN OVERLOAD CIRCUIT that will come on to protect coach? What can I do....??? What steps am I missing????

The generator is fine. I started my large microwave up in my home without issue.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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how many "other" things were running ?

a/c ?
lights ?
converter/ charger is always running .
fridge electric ?
hw heater electric ?


look at this for more usages .
normal appliance amp draws
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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Make sure water heater is on propane and same for fridge.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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You are overloading the generator. You can NOT put a big load on any generator when it is in idle or ECO mode.

Either plug in a 100 watt light bulb to ramp up the generator before you use the microwave or take it out of ECO mode.

You must never use the water heater or fridge in VAC with the generator; always use propane
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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Lou, great idea... i will try that next. this one has me confused. I was able to fire up my large m/wave at home with out issue, just couldn't start the one in trailer. Keep the suggestions coming...
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