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Old 04-05-2015, 09:30 PM   #11
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We ran ours all the time on our previous unit. Never had a problem. The owners manual even had directions for doing so, and there was a gen start button located in the drivers area cluster of switches.

Our previous motorhome was a class A Airstream Land Yacht. Had two roof airs and required 50 amp sevice. The generator would run both air conditioners and anything else that was wanted at the same time, no problems.

Our current unit has not been run while we drive, but I would not hesitate to run it if I needed it.

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Old 04-07-2015, 07:30 PM   #12
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The answer to the OP's question is yes, you can set the generator to run in 'Auto' while driving - at least you can on our Seneca. Keep in mind, though, that each time you start / stop the engine (i.e. for gas), the genny will reset to manual mode.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:08 PM   #13
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Joe, just my opinion, I would start the generator and let it run. I always start it up and let it run 3-4 minutes before putting it under load. I would not use the auto feature, and I doubt you'll save much fuel. I always shut down the load to the generator and let it run for 3-4 minutes and then shut it off.
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I am going to use common sense on this one. The "auto" mode in question here is likely it will start automatically when the shore power is removed. I have never heard of any device that will sense power is needed or not needed to control the generator starting and stopping.

I will grant a device COULD be designed that could be connected to the thermostat and accomplish this function. But there is no "oh,yeah" to this. It will require some serious thought and understanding of electrical control circuit design.
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I am going to use common sense on this one. The "auto" mode in question here is likely it will start automatically when the shore power is removed. I have never heard of any device that will sense power is needed or not needed to control the generator starting and stopping.
The Onan Auto Start that JAYCO uses only comes on when either the battery drops to a certain voltage or the thermostat calls for cooling depending on how you have it set. IIRC it can also be set to do both.
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Then, Grumpy, I have learned something. I have never seen or heard of that functionality but if you have seen then I'll take your word for it.
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Then, Grumpy, I have learned something. I have never seen or heard of that functionality but if you have seen then I'll take your word for it.
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