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Old 03-18-2014, 07:32 AM   #15
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Yes, I am talking about the onboard Onan generator. I was at a couple of rest stops in Alabama last week and wanted to run a small space heater. The only hot outlet was in the rear of the coach at the TV. When on 30 amp shore power, all outlets were active.
I have experienced problems with other outlets on a couple of occasions. It wasn't that they weren't powered, but rather the "reset" switch on the one between the driver's seat and the galley needed to be reset. As soon as I pressed the reset switch, the other outlets worked fine.

The first time it happened, it took me ages to figure it out, because the reset switch wasn't on the outlet I was trying to plug into, and it didn't occur to me to check that outlet until my head-scratching over the problem left me bald!
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:02 AM   #16
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I have never bent over enough to see if there was a reset button on that outlet. I keep a dog crate behind the drivers seat and the second row of seats and have never really looked at the switch as the crate hides it.

I'll look and see if that is the cause. I'll let you know if that is the issue.

I would do it now but work is getting in the way ...until July 7. Does retirement ever get in anyone's way?
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… Does retirement ever get in anyone's way?
I don't know how many times I and my retired friends have said, "I am busier now than I ever was." We now have to schedule trips months, even years in advance to be sure we leave time for them in our calendars. A big difference is doing things you want to do, perhaps always wanted to do, not what work demands you do.
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And remember that a bad day in retirement is always better than a good day at work.
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I have experienced problems with other outlets on a couple of occasions. It wasn't that they weren't powered, but rather the "reset" switch on the one between the driver's seat and the galley needed to be reset. As soon as I pressed the reset switch, the other outlets worked fine.
And that GFCI reset is sensitive. When I was testing my outlets the other day it popped almost every time I removed the tester from any of the various plugs around the vehicle.
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And that GFCI reset is sensitive. When I was testing my outlets the other day it popped almost every time I removed the tester from any of the various plugs around the vehicle.
Oh, yeah. I second that! Plugging in— or unplugging— anything that doesn't have its own "Off" switch will do it. Such as a tester.
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The GFI reset got me once too. Once you reset it all outlets should work on generator or plugged in.
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I have never noticed the reset on the outlet. It blended in well and I had our dog crate position right at it.

I did find the reset but I can't check the generator power yet. The unit is parked at a pretty steep angle and I am afraid to run the generator until I move it. I will do it over the weekend.

My driveway is steep enough that I scrape the exhaust unless I move at a snail's pace. Even then I still do sometimes.

I would never have found th reset button if you guys had not told me it was there.

Thanks very much.
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If the GFCI trips easily, it might need replacing.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:39 PM   #24
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There are 2 GFI circuits in a 2014/13 Interstate rear couch. One is a standard wall outlet type GFI located in the outlet right behind the driver, down low towards the floor. This is inverter output. That is the first outlet on the inverter circuit and from there the other 2 outlets on the circuit are the TV outlets (if you have 2 TVs). The other GFI is actually located in the electrical panel and is a GFI Circuit Breaker for the other inside and outside outlet(s): 1 outlet over the sink area, 1 outlet on the passenger side low and forward of the couch and the other outlet is the outside outlet on the rear passenger side outside.

These 2 circuits are both protected with 20 amp breakers in the panel. Again 1 is the GFI for the outlets powered by shore/generator power and the other is a 20 amp breaker which is for the inverter: it will provide 20 amp protection through the inverter when again you are on shore/generator power, BUT when you are on battery and operating the inverter outlets you are limited to 1000 watts which using Ohm's Law and 120 volts from the inverter will provide 8.33 amps/1000 watts. On more that one occasion I had our small electric heater plugged into the inverter forward outlet when we were on shore power and I forgot to turn off the heater when I unplugged the RV. Only happened twice and now I remember to unplug the heater otherwise both the outlet GFi pops and the inverter shuts down all in the name of safety.

Now keep in mind that even though you have 2 sets of 20 amp circuits for the various outlets in the RV you only have shore power of 30 amps and less when on generator. Combined with these outlets are the AC unit, M-wave and Fridge. So careful power management is necessary. You can monitor your amperage load with the panel in the overhead and watch how many amps you are drawing thereby being careful as not to pop your 30 amp breaker either at the campground pedestal or inside your electrical distribution panel.
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... Now keep in mind that even though you have 2 sets of 20 amp circuits for the various outlets in the RV you only have shore power of 30 amps and less when on generator. Combined with these outlets are the AC unit, M-wave and Fridge. So careful power management is necessary. You can monitor your amperage load with the panel in the overhead and watch how many amps you are drawing thereby being careful as not to pop your 30 amp breaker either at the campground pedestal or inside your electrical distribution panel.
Generally I've found the built in Power Management System will keep the load below 30 amps on shore power and below 25 amps on generator. It will also keep the load below 20 amps if you select that mode when on 20 amp shore power. It will shut down circuits like the AC and M-wave to keep load under maximum available.

This system is really sweet and the envy of many other B-van owners. I consider this one of the "Best in Class" features of the Airstream Interstate.
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I come from a background with our last 15 year old bus with a 17.5kw generator, 50 amps shore power, 2-15 gal elect water heaters, 3-A/C, M-wave, 110v cooktop, 2-4000 watt inverters, 6-8D RV batteries and a digital readout of load one ache of the 2 main circuits. We looked at it and determined if we were approaching max load and then just turned off something. Downsizing to the Airsteram was a BIG culture shock. But after just coming home from 3100+ miles at 17.3mpg vs the bus getting 7.3, well, we have adapted to the culture shock.
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But after just coming home from 3100+ miles at 17.3mpg vs the bus getting 7.3, well, we have adapted to the culture shock.
Big Oil™ will not thank you for saving 245 gallons of fuel on your trip, but I'm sure your wallet thanks you!
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