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Generator start leads

So... fixin' to do some electrical upgrades to our TC - LiFePO4 batteries, DC-DC charger, solar... "the usual" ?? One part that has me scratching my head a bit is the starter leads for the generator. Yes, I realize the goal is to not have to use it... but I'll feel better knowing that it's still there if I need it. Anywho, the pickle is this: as we received the camper (2nd owners) the start leads (#2 AWG) land directly to the battery terminals - no fuses or other OC protection. My clamp-on ammeter shows 350-375 amps draw - for about a second or two. This is my first RV with an onboard generator, and our first TC, so I don't know if this is just the normal way these get wired up by the dealerships, or not. On the one hand, that current would be considerably above the normal rating for #2 cable - if it were constant. As a result, I really don't know how you could fuse it in such a way to protect the wire, since the start current is already in excess of what you'd fuse it for to protect the wire... on the other hand, if this is 'normal', one assumes that the manufacturer knows what they're doing, going this route... but I haven't any idea what they're basing those decisions on. Finally, and circling back to my original story... as I'm going about the process of putting in new batteries, installing bus bars (Victron Lynx distributor) and putting a new heavy duty disconnect & fuse on the + lead and shunt on the - lead from the batteries... where do I land the generator starting leads at? On the batteries, un-fused and inside the disconnect & shunt? Or on the bus bar - and fused how, exactly?
memilanuk 10/11/21 10:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Remove/replace onboard generator

East Wenatchee
memilanuk 06/27/21 08:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom access on the road

I’m not really worried about any factor, I just had questions, for instance is there a manual crank to crank out a slide out if it gets stuck in the out or in position? Yes. Pretty much a standard feature on any camper (or RV in general) with slide(s). Haven't had to use it myself as of yet, but our 910 DB has a switch to disable the motor right above the slide in/out switch. Supposedly trying to move the slide manually without disabling the motor first is quite a bit harder. Also if you’re up in the cab over is there ever a switch option to close the slide from bed? No, not stock out of the box. Two RVs ago we had a TT that had everything (slider, awning, stabilizers) controlled from a touch screen wireless remote. It wasn't the slickest interface, but it worked very well. Our 910 DB has a wireless remote for the Happi-Jac stabilizers, but the controls for the slide and awning are just inside the door under the oven. Basically you open the door, reach in and they are right there. It'd be kind of a cool DIY electronics project to make a remote of some sort... ;) My understanding is this model has a Happi-Jac slide mechanism, which is supposed to be sturdier and/or less fussy than the Schwinntek about partial opening.
memilanuk 06/27/21 12:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Remove/replace onboard generator

I found a metal supply store that was open today, so I went there and bought some plate aluminum stock and fabbed up some mounting brackets. It's a HUGE PITA to make it work because I didn't want to drill into the base pan of the generator liek Northwood did when they mounted the old skool genny, rather than use the threaded inserts and bolts to mount it. I should have it installed and running tomorrow Lookin' forward to the video ;)
memilanuk 06/27/21 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Remove/replace onboard generator

Well... nuts. I was adding a pigtail for my portable solar panels, since campers don't seem to come with 'solar on the side' ports like trailers. In the process of trying to get the leads back in place on the load side of the Victron shunt... the lug popped off one of the 4 AWG cables for the generator starter :( Finished the rest of the job, taped up the starter leads until I get a crimper and lugs capable of doing that size of wire (planned on getting them, just not right *now*). 95F @ 10 o'clock... I'm done working outside unless something else really needs doin'. Ended up right on the verge between heat exhaustion and heat stroke a number of years back... kinda put the kibosh on my tolerance for heat in general.
memilanuk 06/27/21 11:31am Truck Campers
Remove/replace onboard generator

Recently sold the TT and picked up a TC. Already had a nice Honda EU2200 for the TT, didn't really 'need' a camper with an onboard generator but it came with one (Onan 2500 LP). It seems to run fine... low hours (just about due for it's first 20 hr oil change)... noticeably louder than the Honda, plus the vibration... On the one hand, it *is* awful nice to be able to just fire up the generator with the push of a button, when needed. No setting up the gen set, running out the shore power cable to it, making sure it's secured when we're not around, no worrying about it getting stolen... But on the other hand, we don't (currently) use a ton of AC power while camping. The majority - other than the air conditioner - could easily be handled by adding solar, upgrading the batteries, and an inverter/charger, all of which are already on the 'to-do' list. If it's just for the times/trips where we're planning on being some place warm-ish and anticipate needing A/C... then setting up the generator and shore power cable, and giving it a quick pull to start... isn't a huge deal Honestly, what I'd *like* to have is one of the new Onan 2500/2800 inverter generators - almost as quiet as the Honda, way less vibration than the OEM version, and all the pros of an onboard gen set. I'm guessing those might be a bit spendier than I'm willing to go for, though ;) If I *were* to pull the Onan 2500 LP gen set out... is there any kind of used market for these things? Better to leave the 'generator pre-wire' in place, or yank it at the same time?
memilanuk 06/26/21 02:41am Truck Campers
RE: Generators!! Yes YOU!

The Victron 15A looks good with separate battery and load outputs. Great for using the unused panel output once the batteries are getting charged up. I'm trying to picture in my head how this would work... I thought most RV setups had the 'loads' and the 'battery' all tied together (over simplified, I realize), whether via terminal connections, bus bars, etc. Or would this be for where there is a 'house' battery bank, and a 'starter' (vehicle) battery? Thanks, Monte
memilanuk 06/17/21 03:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Generators!! Yes YOU!

It's pretty simple -- don't come park 30 feet from me in the middle of nowhere, and start up a generator and run it all night long. That's blatantly rude on multiple levels. That part, I'll agree with you on. If there's tons of room to spread out, why cluster together? Must be all that solar... attracts the lookie-lous :B A lot of our 'off-grid' camping to date has been more 'dry' camping, than full-on 'boondocking', which probably accounts for some of the difference in perspective.
memilanuk 06/11/21 12:06am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Generators!! Yes YOU!

...going to be annoyed that you haven't bothered to invest in an appropriate solar setup for your usage. set up cost about the same as a factory installed built 5500 Onan. Being annoyed at other people that they haven't spent a few extra thousand dollars (at least) so *you* don't have to hear a generator... priceless :R ;) Don't get me wrong; I fully intend to work at putting solar on our TC, and hope to limit gen runtime as much as I can. I highly doubt it's going to be as 'over the top' (pardon the pun) as the one shown above. But I'm doing it for my benefit, not yours. And because I already *have* said generator (two, actually, the built-in Onan 2500 and the Honda EU2200), I'm not in any particular hurry when what I have now is a) already paid for and b) works. I imagine there are a lot of people out there in similar situations.
memilanuk 06/10/21 10:47am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Generators!! Yes YOU!

Just out of curiosity... when y'all are pitchin' a fit over people running 'generators'... are you grumping about the folks with the nasty $300 open frame 4000 watt construction site gen sets, or people running something more like a Honda EU2000/2200? In the past, when we've ran our previous generator (Champion 3100, still pretty quiet) we observed the quiet time hours, and tried to limit the amount of run time as much as we could. Because of the crappy OEM charge converter in that trailer (WFCO 8955), sometimes it was a struggle to get enough juice back in the batteries to be able to run the slide and jack to hook up and take off when the time came. Last trip we had a brandy-new Honda EU2200, and I honestly couldn't hear it running 100 ft away during the day, with 'ambient' noises (we were next to a lake, with people at pretty much every site). Now, middle of the night, with nothing but the breeze... I could see the sound carrying a *little* further. We could certainly hear the music from the group on the other side of the lake, 1/4+ mile away. Our new (to us) truck camper has a Onan 2500 generator... that is noticeably louder than the Honda or the Champion. But it's built-in, propane powered and push-button start with an auto transfer switch, which is handy. Debating whether to pull it and use the storage space for the Honda, or to keep it in reserve and just add more solar & batteries. TCs being kind of space-limited, more so than a lot of RVs, it's a balancing act ;)
memilanuk 06/09/21 01:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Propane Firepit Restrictions - West Coast

About the only place I've ran into that had a hard spot with a propane fire pit was "Jim & Mary's RV" just north of Wye, MT (which is just east of Missoula on I-90). They did have a sign about no open flames, camp fires, etc. so we thought a propane 'fire pit' should be fine. Camp host came up and started telling us it wasn't allowed. I asked what, exactly, was the difference between this and the propane BBQ the sites on either side of us were visibly using at the time. They didn't care, turn it off / put it away, or leave. Never said a word to the people with the BBQs.
memilanuk 06/02/21 07:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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