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    Exciting Day - Generator / Inverter Installation

    Getting this thread started because I am so amped up I will follow-up with pictures as it goes but my mobile RV service guys are busy getting started on the install. I am having an Onan LP 3600w generator installed in the front compartment along with a 1000w Pure Sine Wave inverter.





    The generator will be connected through a 50amp automatic transfer switch and the inverter is going to be connected to an "either or" switch. That switch will control the outlets in my entertainment center. So, when we are off shore power AND not running the generator, we can turn on the inverter and then flip the "either or: switch and I will have 110 for my TV, Blu-ray, Sound system. So far that's how we have it laid out. The "either or" switch is just a cheaper more manual way of not having to add another more expensive transfer switch. At least I think that's how it's going to work
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    Paul--be careful and ensure the techs hook things up correctly.......we don't want your new nickname to be "Sparky."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toes in the water View Post
    Paul--be careful and ensure the techs hook things up correctly.......we don't want your new nickname to be "Sparky."

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    Here's where the generator remote start switch is going:

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    Can't wait to see the end result Paul. Take lots of pics

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    I can't wait to see the end result either but it looks like that may be a while. They left early today to handle a family emergency. They should return on Saturday to finish. They made a template and took a bunch of measurements and will weld up the frame that will hold the generator in the compartment in the shop. The 20 amp "either or" switches (2) needed to be ordered and will reportedly take a couple days to get.

    They almost finished up the propane connection, they mounted the transfer switch, mounted the generator remote switch and ran the harness. The real work comes in fabbing up the fire box and get the unit installed in it.

    I already warned them that I take lots of pictures and they were fine with that.
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    I am sure you are excited ! I did the same back in 2006 on my KZ
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    Also with 3 propane tanks

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    And a 4 battery bank with remote to heart 2500 watt inverter and gen set.

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    Make sure you have the correct fuse for inverter input. It should be in the 50 to 350 amp range depending on what you are doing. My fuse is mounted on the ceiling about mid point of sliding storage tray. Best picture I have of it.

    GD stopped me at 5 pictures.
    I had this gen set on 2 campers and it will destroy a standard RV regulator in a week or 2. If you have any problems with it look at regulator first.
    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott42blue View Post
    I had this gen set on 2 campers and it will destroy a standard RV regulator in a week or 2. If you have any problems with it look at regulator first.
    Hope this helps
    Scott
    Not sure I understand this comment Scott?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy's 5th Wheel View Post
    Not sure I understand this comment Scott?
    I am not sure why but think (with no proof) it is the violent change of LP pressure as piston is going up and down.
    I bought mine back around 1985 and used it on a travel trailer with custom rear mount. It failed quickly and I installed a second RV type regulator , it lasted for a few weeks. I then bought our first 5th wheel and moved custom mount to it. I am not sure of exact size around a 30 it was a Wildcat
    It also failed, in desperation I contacted buddy who had connection at local LP ( commercial ) wholesaler. That one lasted through remaining years of wildcat and several years of KZ. It is pictured on post under 3 propane tanks.
    Hope this helps
    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy's 5th Wheel View Post
    Here's where the generator remote start switch is going:

    Hi Poppy, I had the same Hobbs meter you are showing there, must be my ears but at each click of the meter drove me nuts. I replaced it with a digital I found on line. Much happier now. It may not bother you but if it does they are pretty cheap. You can pop the analog counter out and the digital will fit in its place.
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