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#1 OFFLINE   fredandjoann

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 05:05 AM

We've had our camper for a little over a year and in that time only used the generator a couple of times to run the microwave when camped without electric hookup. Those times I didn't notice any problems with any other circuits.

Yesterday we were in a primitive campsite and needed to recharge our e-books and a laptop so I crank up the factory built-in Onan 2.5 that came with our unit probably for an hour or so to do the recharge. Both GFI outlets popped. One is in the kitchen with nothing plugged in and the other is in the basement storage area with the converter plugged in. With this one popped there is no way to charge the house batteries with the generator.

This is our first experience using a generator so haven't a clue whether this is normal or not. Also found out that the Onan 2.5 drinks lots of LP. 



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:51 AM

If your GFI outlets were not popping before, you either have a loose ground wire off your generator or a faulty GFI outlet. Since the GFI outlets do not pop when on shore/external power, I suspect more of an issue with the wiring going to the generator or automatic transfer switch.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:28 PM

thanks, will check it out after we get home tomorrow.



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 04:16 PM

Cheap, easy, fast:  Receptacle tester

Do this on shore power to insure that everything is right to begin with. 

If any problems show up, then you have a firm starting point.



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 04:26 PM

Thanks RichConley

On shore power everything seems normal.  The converter works and keep the batteries charged, the GFI outlets stay set.  It just happened with the Gen running.  We are comfortable tonight on shore power and have just tomorrow until we are back home where I will take it to my reliable service guys for a checkup.






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