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Old 02-15-2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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Generator prep?

I think I have read where generator prep is an option on new AS s.

What exactly is it? Could it be added to an AS later?

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Old 02-15-2007, 03:07 PM   #2
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hi pat...

the gen prep option is basically a 2nd 30amp twist lock marinco connection...

on or near the front.

mine is near the street side battery door and behind the tank cover.

my understanding is this 2nd port is wired into the complete electrical system.

and can be used for a genset or shore power just like the primary connector...

there are rumors it is 'special' is some way. "not so" i've been told in j/c.

it is nice having 30amp plug-in locations front and back...

a plug like this could be added to most any unit....

but would surely cost more than as a 'built in' option...

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Old 02-15-2007, 04:48 PM   #3
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There should be some sort of interlock that prevents you from trying to hook two seperate sources of A/C power together. That would be bad.
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Thanks!

Thanks!

That is a neat thing to have! We have an Avalanche to put a generator into, and to be able to hook it into the front of the AS, and have remote start! Perfect!

We are looking at AS s (23') now, and wonder if it would be worth it to special order one with the gen-prep? I am thinking that it would be.

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hi pat...

well that is very weird.

i posted a link/picture that was originally in my post and now is gone?

here is the picture link again....you saw it earlier right pat? or am i wacko?

http://www.airforums.com/forum...0&d=1163999320

is it worth it to special order?

given the variety of options available on a special order trailer...

i think so. and you would be able to keep the genset in the avalanche...

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Old 02-15-2007, 05:56 PM   #6
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Hello, 2air,

Yes, I did see the picture ealier. It was a great picture and looked like something we were looking for.

My husband is not a TT person (prefers mhs), and the lack of generator was one of the main reasons. Now that we have the Avalanche we are one step closer to having our generator and the gen-prep is another step.

Do you think I could call JC and ask how hard it is to add the gen-prep? I have never seen an AS advertised that said it had the gen-prep.

If we order a new AS, how long does it take to get it?. I am not sure that I need the $2200+ audio/video upgrade and a few other extras, but definately want the LS (which now be standard) and the SE.

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hi pat

special ordered units take from 8-14 wks to arrive.

the advantage is you can pick and choose from the option list and order exactly as you like.

don't call j/c to ask about retrofitting the gen prep option...

you won't get a good answer.

1. email customer support about it, for a better answer, and
2. contact some dealers that can do this modification.

david tidmore of rogerwilliamsairstream in weatherford texas is great at customer modifications.

i don't know if any florida dealers do this work.

a competent rv technician (like lewster here) could do this work too.

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Simple solution

Campingworld. Bought the 30 amp extension. Hooks to generator in back of truck. Problem solved.
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2nd 30A port in the front of the trailer and a transfer switch. Mine is located near my main power inlet. It is behind a storage compartment door.
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Goin camping and Michelle, do you have the gen-prep or do you just run a long extension cord from the electric set-up on the AS to the truck?

Maybe I am making too big a thing of the gen-prep.

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g/c is using a 30 amp extension cord as i read the post....


yes one can run an extension cord from the genset to the rear trailer plug.

what matters is selecting an extension cord properly sized to minimize lost voltage....

10 gauge is my choice for this application.

there are tables that list extension cord length and wire size required for proper voltage.

i also use a plug sized gadget inside the trailer which constantly monitors and reports voltage and hertz (cycles).

so as i noted initially the gen prep option is NOT that big a deal.

an extension cord works just fine.
i would not go to the expense to retro fit a gen plug unless already doing electrical upgrades (new converters/inverters, wiring and so on)

on a related note i almost never leave the genset in the tv. while in use....

it would be too easy for me to hop in the truck and drive away while still connected!

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Thanks for making it all so much clearer.

DH has something that checks the electric in the tt. I am sure that he has the larger extension cords too.

We will leave the generator in the back of the tv because we don't want to, actually can't, lift the generator in and out of the tv. We have about decided to get a Yamaha 3000iSEB.

All is slowly coming together.

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We will leave the generator in the back of the tv because we don't want to, actually can't, lift the generator in and out of the tv. We have about decided to get a Yamaha 3000iSEB.
Hi Pat! Now I know why you wanted that Avlanch! For the Gen.

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Exactly! Now to sell the Suburban!

We really were happy with the Suburban, but are equally happy with the Avalanche. And will be even happier with a generator in the back!

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