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Old 07-01-2019, 10:27 AM   #1
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Should my water pump kicking ON trip my Generac 2000 generator? Happened a couple of times this weekend while running a 110 isolating fan, a couple of lights, and of course the converter. When we would open shower faucet, genny revs up and then trips the genny. Pump still runs off battery. Thought I was doing right by running generator while showering, but tripped it two different times.

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Old 07-01-2019, 10:58 AM   #2
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Do you have your water heater set to electric?
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No, water heater on Gas. Fridge was on AUTO, so plugged in to genny, I guess it was pullling off genny as well.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:11 AM   #4
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No, water heater on Gas. Fridge was on AUTO, so plugged in to genny, I guess it was pullling off genny as well.
Your converter could draw around 7-9 amps if the batteries are low, and depending on size.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:20 AM   #5
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So if suggesting that converter and pump combined could be causing the generator to trip, then what do I do? I mean I cant turn converter off while showering or using water, can I? ??? Guess I never thought of pump being big user.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:31 AM   #6
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You could turn off the converter but I wouldn't think you need to.

What is the continuous generator output? I assume the 2000 is peak.

You may wan't to change the fridge to propane while on the generator.

Still sounds like something else is on that you forgot to list or didn't know it is on.

Except for load the water pump would have no impact on the generator and i doubt if it would draw over 100W so you would need to be on the capacity edge for this to be an issue
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:08 PM   #7
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How old is your battery? Does the AC have an effect on genny operation? Something is making/causing too large a draw.
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How old is your battery? Does the AC have an effect on genny operation? Something is making/causing too large a draw.
Battery is two years old. I have never used a volt meter to check charge. Only use the level indicators built in. (I Know, Not the best!) I just use 1 12 V deep cell but run Genny daily to charge to 100% level and never let it drop below the 50% level without recharging thru the converter/charger.

My battery then seems to hold 75% 10 100% charge for 12-16 hours of using power fairly generously until next AM charge when the level indicator normally reads ~50-75%.

I guess id say the AC has no effect on the genny as I have never tried to run the AC off this 2000 generator. Only use the AC when on pedestal shore power. I am normally boondocking, as I was this weekend. I do generally have a 110V fan ON when my genny is ON. It does not seem to effect my charging rate (per the indicators).
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Thinking.... Whenever the Geny goes ON we are normally plugging in a phone or BT speaker or something for a charge. This could be another draw item in this situation. ??
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Interesting.

other than an on demand water heater that could have an electric element, I can think of nothing that running the pump (and showering) would have to do with tripping the generator's breaker.

I'd go back and make sure nothing else was on (bath fan, extra lights) or that someone wasn't using an electrical appliance when you were in the shower.

As A32Deuce is suggesting, if the battery is bad then the converter is doing ALL the work for the 12v side of things.

I wouldn't think just the converter was too much draw but stranger things have happened although you did mention the refrigerator on auto.

Have you ever checked/verified the output of the generator?
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