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Old 07-02-2020, 07:42 PM   #1
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Tv kicks off

Hey guys. Got a rookie question for you! Iíve been boondocking with my camper. I own a 1995, 25 foot, jayco eagle camper with what I believe is a Coleman ac unit. I have a predator 3500 for power. Has anyone ever had where the tv will shut off when the ac kicks on?? And if so, what caused this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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This is an uneducated guess, but if the television has protective circuitry to guard against voltage irregularities, it could be it's shutting off to protect itself due to the drop in electric power when the A/C unit starts.

You don't mention anything about the Tv's specifications which could assist our electrical experts in a better analysis resulting in a more definitive answer than what I provided above.
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Does it happen when you're hooked up to shore power? If not the voltage drop is too much for the tv on the generator.
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It is a voltage drop concern. And it does it for the old school box tv or my newer flat screen that are in here. If I take the generator off eco mode it doesnít seem to do it. And I did watch the voltage drop significantly when the ac kicks in. I wasnít sure if that might be a capacitor issue in the ac unit or if I should get a hard start capacitor to add in. Or if it does just draw that much power. The genorator is rated for 25 amps. It has a 30 amp plug on the camper
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I was wondering if attaching the Tv to an inexpensive UPS would resolve your issue (and protect the Tv).
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Simple solution; install a Soft Start on your AC.

https://www.softstartusa.com/products/
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I was wondering if attaching the Tv to an inexpensive UPS would resolve your issue (and protect the Tv).
what is a ups?
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Uninterruptable power supply. Most folks with computers use one to protect their computers from power loss which could blow up memory, etc. In the event of a power interruption the box will rise it out, or give you time to shut it down. They're cheap compared to soft starts
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