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Old 06-14-2019, 07:09 AM   #1
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Connecting to a generator

A fellow camper stated that when using a small generator (like my Honda 2200) with my AS, that one should connect the power cord to the generator and Airstream BEFORE powering on the generator. He compared it to plugging in to a campground power post with the breaker off, then switching it on.

I've always had the generator running, hooked the shore cable to my rig, then plugged into the generator outlet.

Which way is better/safer? Does it matter?

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Old 06-14-2019, 07:14 AM   #2
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:09 AM   #3
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FWIW our route . . . similar to connecting to shore power IMO.

Turn off master supply circuit breaker at source [shore power pedestal or generator].

Start generator and let it warm up.

Plug trailer umbilical in [SP or gen].

Flip master supply circuit breaker on. [SP or gen]

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Peter is right - power up the genny and let it stabilize. Then connect it to your trailer.

Also good to run the genny without load before shutting it down - call it a cool-down period.

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I always put the hotdog in the bun and then put mustard on it but I met a guy that worked at a ball park and he said that you have to put the mustard on the bun BEFORE the hotdog. So I tried it, and it taste the same.
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I always put the hotdog in the bun and then put mustard on it but I met a guy that worked at a ball park and he said that you have to put the mustard on the bun BEFORE the hotdog. So I tried it, and it taste the same.
There's less chance of the mustard making a mess if it's in the bun first (with the ketchup)...

However, the Cheez Whiz needs to go there...

I'm hungry now, stop it...


As far as the Genny is concerned; less chance of power fluctuations if you fire it up first...

It might save the television...
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A fellow camper stated that when using a small generator (like my Honda 2200) with my AS, that one should connect the power cord to the generator and Airstream BEFORE powering on the generator. He compared it to plugging in to a campground power post with the breaker off, then switching it on.

I've always had the generator running, hooked the shore cable to my rig, then plugged into the generator outlet.

Which way is better/safer? Does it matter?

THX
It would make a difference if you had significant loads ready to turn on (water heater, AC,etc) when you plug in. This could cause some arcing at the plug. Not helpful. Also the power transients might not be good for the electronics.

Generally plug in when the power is off, then flip the breaker “on”.
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