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Old 08-19-2013, 08:14 AM   #11
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if you have a 50 amp plug would that be due to a second air conditioning unit? If so are you running both of them? 30 amps will only power one unit generally... Sorry if you were already aware of this.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:17 AM   #12
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if you have a 50 amp plug would that be due to a second air conditioning unit? If so are you running both of them? 30 amps will only power one unit generally... Sorry if you were already aware of this.
He said he was using an adapter and I think that should only power one side of the panel. Can anyone who uses an adapter verify this?
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #13
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Ok yes the water heater is on auto so probably drawing electrity. The fridge I turned off on the fridge using just the off button it is a 50 amp in case I wanted to add second ac
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Should I flip off all breakers and then turn them on in a certain order as I'm using the generator if so how long should I wait before turning on and what can I run I would like to be able to run a couple of lights my radio and AC went on generator
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:31 AM   #15
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Turning off breakers isn't a bad idea... As to what you are able to run on your generator will be a camper to camper scenario... It will be different for most everyone... But you should be able to run the ac, lights and an outlet or two for little things shouldn't hurt anything... it will be a trial and error thing for you for a while...
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:37 AM   #16
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Should I flip off all breakers and then turn them on in a certain order as I'm using the generator if so how long should I wait before turning on and what can I run I would like to be able to run a couple of lights my radio and AC went on generator
David,

You are drawing too much current "as is" and we are trying to locate some high draw item that is overloading your generator when the compressor and fan are running as well.

ONLY by removing power to everything and then running JUST the air conditioner can we locate the current draw.

IF your generator can't handle the AC alone, it can be the problem.

I am NOT aware of ANY water heater that is "auto" as only the fridge has that kind of computer controlled source seeker.

IF your water heater is a Suburban you may have an AC switch OUTSIDE (small black switch) that controls the AC heating element.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:40 AM   #17
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Is there a step-by-step procedure for starting up the RV on the generator or is it just start the generator then plug in the big table to the side of the RV and go
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If the water heater was on auto then yes it was running on electric. As it was said previously said make sure all of the appliances are off when you plug it in to your gen. Anything that will run on gas should be set to gas ( not auto ), I.e. your frig and water heater. Anything that has to produce heat is a huge current draw. So on start up, its all probably to much for your gen. Another thing to consider is if your gen. has an eco mode. Make sure that is turned off at start up. After everything is up and running then you can turn that on. As the amp demand on start up will often go up faster than the gen. can supply and will cause a breaker to trip. Its the overdraw protection on your gen. that causes that.
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Okay sorry I just saw that text post yes there is a small black switch outside by the element that lights the butane it says on or auto in off
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No particular order to turning the breakers back on except of course the AC first. After that, don't turn on anything you don't really need.

The small black switch outside turns on/off the electric heating element, not the propane.

Lou, a 30->50 adapter powers both legs of the 50 from the one leg of the 30.
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