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Old 08-26-2016, 12:21 PM   #1
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AC on Propane Generator vs Electric

We are getting ready in a few weeks to take the RV out and will have some dry camping and will need to use the generator for the fridge and AC. I turned the generator on today and it started easily but then I set our thermostat to AC and went out for about an hour and when I went back in no AC and temp was over 85. Nothing else was on in the RV that I know of. Checked all breakers in the RV and all seem fine. Before I call for a service appointment, what should I try? Have a 2016 2401W and we've always plugged in thus far. Thanks,
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Old 08-26-2016, 01:54 PM   #2
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What size generator?


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Remember your converter is a constant and draws 2-8 amps


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Old 08-26-2016, 02:17 PM   #4
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Why was the A/C off? Did the generator quit? Was the breaker on the generator tripped?
We had a propane generator in one of our small MH's and when it was above 90 degrees outside, the generator would run and the A/C was fine for a while. After about 20-30 minutes, the generator would sputter and quit. Finally replaced the propane regulator on the generator and that cured the issue. I have since read that these regulators are made in China and the quality/reliability is extremely poor.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:23 PM   #5
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The generator is an Onan 3600 LP and starts up just fine. I don't think the AC ever turned on but will try again to be sure. AC works fine on electric. Checked the breaker panel above the fridge but is there a separate breaker for the generator outside? Thanks for any help!
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Yes, I'm pretty sure there should be a separate breaker ON the generator, not positive though!
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Generator is running just fine but just tested the fridge alone and it does not come on with gas only?
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There is always a main breaker on generator, just need to find it and make sure it is closed (on)....if on then maybe your auto-transfer switch is not working properly.....
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What type of camper is the gen in? Is the camper new? Have you ever use the Gen set before. I had a camper once that you had to plug the power cord into a socket where the power cord is housed. Later RJD
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We are getting ready in a few weeks to take the RV out and will have some dry camping and will need to use the generator for the fridge and AC. I turned the generator on today and it started easily but then I set our thermostat to AC and went out for about an hour and when I went back in no AC and temp was over 85. Nothing else was on in the RV that I know of. Checked all breakers in the RV and all seem fine. Before I call for a service appointment, what should I try? Have a 2016 2401W and we've always plugged in thus far. Thanks,
Is your generator diesel or gas? Is your AC a 13000 btu or a Dom. 15,000 btu unit.
I have read that the diesel gen would not power the Dom 15,000 btu unit, but could handle an Attwood 15,000. Don't know if that is you problem, but an idea.
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