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Old 03-15-2014, 12:45 PM   #1
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AC Outlets When Using Generator

Which, if any, AC outlets should be active when the generator is running?
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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Wouldn't swear to it, but I think all of them will be, with the generator.
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In my unit, only the outlet used for the TV is active. Is this normal?
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In my unit, only the outlet used for the TV is active. Is this normal?
I don't know about your 2010 model, but in my 2013 all of the 110V outlets are active when the generator is running. I just went out and tested them to be certain I was correct. Is it possible the GFCI in your unit has popped and needs to be reset?
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:27 PM   #5
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All outlets work with generator on my 2013 EXT model.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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On my 2011, the rear floor outlet and the one over the stove only come on with shore power or the generator. They are 20 amp. The others (15 amp) are on either way. So all outlets should be live on shore or generator power.
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On my 2010, all outlets work on 30 and 20 amp shore power but only the outlet above the TV (curbside just past the wardrobe) works on generator power. I'll check the GFCI breaker tomorrow.
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You do plug the shore power cord directly into the generator, right? Power should act the same as if you were plugged into the shore power post. Are you doing anything differently?

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You do plug the shore power cord directly into the generator, right? Power should act the same as if you were plugged into the shore power post. Are you doing anything differently?
They're talking about an Airstream Interstate with an on-board 2.5kW 20-amp propane-fueled Onan generator, not a portable generator plugged into a trailer. Understandable mistake, though, since there aren't any Airstream trailers with a similar setup.

And since the Onan generator only puts out 20 amps versus the 30 amps of a shore power connection, the issue of electric outlets that are hot on shore power and cold on generator power is a valid one.
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Shore power and generator go through a power transfer switch before distribution to coach systems.
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I received a PM question on location of what I called the Power Transfer Switch. It's located on driver's side rear area behind the water heater on my 2013 EXT Lounge model. Only a few inches from the shore power plug. Location may vary on other models. The Airstream owners manual calls it an automatic switch over box on page H-10 of my owners manual. Also has brief explanation of how it works.
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That's where it is on mine also.
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All of the shore power outlets work either from a pole or generator....
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They're talking about an Airstream Interstate with an on-board 2.5kW 20-amp propane-fueled Onan generator, not a portable generator plugged into a trailer. Understandable mistake, though, since there aren't any Airstream trailers with a similar setup.

And since the Onan generator only puts out 20 amps versus the 30 amps of a shore power connection, the issue of electric outlets that are hot on shore power and cold on generator power is a valid one.
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.
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