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Old 05-26-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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Talking Running Elec w/ Generator

OK... rookie question. We are about to boondock it for the first time at my brother's place. We haven't used our generator yet. We notice that when we are on battery power, the electrical plugs don't function in the RV. Does this change when you fire up the generator? Any basic advice, how-to's for us? Amazing how the literature we got was all about the parts and product and nothing about running it.

We have a Cummins 5500 LP.

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Old 05-26-2014, 04:21 PM   #2
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Yes, the electrical outlets, as well as microwave, TVs, air conditioners and all other 110V appliances will work when the generator is running. The generator will also charge up your batteries.

Running without the generator, your two energy sources are 12V batteries and propane. 12v will power most of the lights, water pump, awnings, and combined with propane you get your refrigerator (assuming it is the Norcold and not Samsung), hot water tank, and furnace - the basics.

There are some limitations to the power supply from the generator, so I would advise you to keep the hot water tank on Propane rather than 110, and if you have the Norcold fridge, select LP to reduce the load on the generator.
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I disagree with AA on this one. While running my generator, I can run everything at the same time without a problem including both a/c and microwave. The generator does eat LP though. I think you can run about 3.5 days of continuance running on the generator.

We run the generator for charging up the batteries or the a/c in the evening. According to the cummins folks, you should run your generator at least 2 hrs a month.
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Our little generator on our camper (2500) is super loud, prohibitively so in a populated, quiet environment. I am hoping the new one is not so bad. I know the one on the camper is a muffler design problem that we need to try and figure out.
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Our little generator on our camper (2500) is super loud, prohibitively so in a populated, quiet environment. I am hoping the new one is not so bad. I know the one on the camper is a muffler design problem that we need to try and figure out.

If you've ordered the generator from the factory, you'll be surprised at how quiet it is.
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I disagree with AA on this one. While running my generator, I can run everything at the same time without a problem including both a/c and microwave. The generator does eat LP though. I think you can run about 3.5 days of continuance running on the generator.

We run the generator for charging up the batteries or the a/c in the evening. According to the cummins folks, you should run your generator at least 2 hrs a month.
You lucked out Dave! You must have a well balanced panel on yours. The limitation with the 5500 is one 20A output to one leg and 30A to the other leg. It doesn't take much to kick that 20A if it happens to be powering an AC and hot water tank element.
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Whew thats good news! Thanks!
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I've only had mine kick a circuit breaker one time and right now I can't remember what we were doing to cause that.
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They are super quiet! I There have been times I have to go outside to hear if it started.
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I've only had mine kick a circuit breaker one time and right now I can't remember what we were doing to cause that.

Probably that Margareta blender
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