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Old 08-19-2013, 09:18 AM   #21
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You say your gennie is 4000/3500 .
Is that 4000 surge and 3500 running?

If so at max you have 30 watts available and that's right at the gennie limits.

This will come in handy.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:22 AM   #22
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I have a 4000 with 3500 continuous
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:25 AM   #23
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I have a 4000 with 3500 continuous
Lol that's what I said.... ok I changed it after I seen I messed up lol.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:31 AM   #24
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Itl think I know what the problem is. ME I'm to dumb to own an rv. Lol I bet its cause iv just started the genny then plugged her in. Is it ok to switch the inverter off also at start up?
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:56 AM   #25
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Itl think I know what the problem is. ME I'm to dumb to own an rv. Lol I bet its cause iv just started the genny then plugged her in. Is it ok to switch the inverter off also at start up?
You should not need to turn off the inverter at start up. The important need for caring for your generator is NO load at startup and NO load at shut down. Both are hard on the inverter. Once the generator is running even just after start up its producing power. You just need to mind how much power you are demanding from it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:09 AM   #26
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The way I was doing it I was starting the generator and allowing it to run for about 5 minutes I then plugged the cable in to the generator outlet with all iems turned off at their switches but not at the breakers. I then turned the air conditioner on at the thermostat. The air conditioner came on after it's built in delay the air conditioner would run for about 1-2 minutes then it kicked out. During this time I did not attempt to turn in any other items on
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:26 AM   #27
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All of the breakers are there in one place so it's easy to turn things off there instead of wandering around the RV finding switches. It's also way easier when it comes to restoring all those switches to their "normal" condition. Lastly, the breaker is the onIy place you can turn the converter off.

Let's talk about the converter a bit. Besides the AC, that's really the one "appliance" you'll probably want to run off of the generator (to charge the batteries). It will draw a lot of amps when it's first started (since the battery is low), but after a fairly short time, as the battery comes up to voltage, the converter draw will fall off dramatically. (In my RV if falls from about 18 amps to 2 amps.)

If you have a surge protector or other current meter, or your generator has a meter, you could start out by turning on the converter breaker first. Run the generator with just that until you see the current drop way down and THEN turn on the AC. That way you can run the two appliances you really need. (You might have to turn the converter off briefly when you start the AC, but maybe not.)
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:15 PM   #28
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Okay thank you very much guys this is starting to make a lot more sense to me now. my battery has a main killswitch also like on a boat should that be on or off itself
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Okay I tried turning everything off and doing it that way when I tried to turn just the aC breaker on it tripped the generator again I contacted the dealer and they told me to bring it back that the compressor must be sticking
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Lou, a 30->50 adapter powers both legs of the 50 from the one leg of the 30.
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