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Old 01-25-2020, 07:48 AM   #1
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Generator auto start

Our new rig will have the factory 265 watt solar package with the jamboni monitor and weíre gonna have a victron battery monitor installed. Iíve read you can use this monitor to auto start your generator. Is anyone doing this or does anyone have another way to auto start your generator to recharge your batteries when needed?
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:17 AM   #2
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The Victron BMV simply has a relay output. You can use the output for anything you want. In your scenario you would want to use the output to drive an input on a auto start signal. There are different ways to achieve auto start capability. You can buy fabricated retail options like the Magnum AGS or build a DIY option if that skill set is in your wheel house. The Magnum AGS option is very straight forward as the provided manual is very thorough.
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Old 03-23-2020, 10:46 PM   #3
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Just be careful my buddy has auto start on his gen set light (City power) drop gen set started up light came back up while gen set was running and it didn't auto off. Burned up all electrical in his coach. It was so bad that they had to buy a new rig.
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Old 03-24-2020, 08:21 AM   #4
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Just be careful my buddy has auto start on his gen set light (City power) drop gen set started up light came back up while gen set was running and it didn't auto off. Burned up all electrical in his coach. It was so bad that they had to buy a new rig.
What year was his rig? And what other things led to this happening. Itís our understanding that the current set up identifies what power is available and letís you choose. So that you canít overload the rig.
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Just make sure that your ATS is gen preference.
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:23 AM   #6
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just a question,with a transfer switch how can the rig get supplied by shore power and gen power at the same time. on my old motorhome and a generator i had permanent at my house tsf switch had a voltage sensor and a solenoid that could only be on utility or gen at one time.
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just a question,with a transfer switch how can the rig get supplied by shore power and gen power at the same time. on my old motorhome and a generator i had permanent at my house tsf switch had a voltage sensor and a solenoid that could only be on utility or gen at one time.
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with an ATS, there's no chance of having both power sources active at once. It's one or the other.
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Old 03-24-2020, 11:16 AM   #8
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What year was his rig? And what other things led to this happening. Itís our understanding that the current set up identifies what power is available and letís you choose. So that you canít overload the rig.


it was 2018 keystone toy hauler
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:58 PM   #9
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do you think a transfer switch was not installed?

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Probably an "After Market" install and the went cheap and didn't install an Auto Transfer Switch.
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do you think a transfer switch was not installed?

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I dont know. I was told with mine not to start up the gen set when hooked to shore power. So when I do my monthly I shut the breaker switch off, run the gen for about 15 to 20 minutes shut off turn power back on.....
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I dont know. I was told with mine not to start up the gen set when hooked to shore power. So when I do my monthly I shut the breaker switch off, run the gen for about 15 to 20 minutes shut off turn power back on.....
I'd investigate the wiring from the generator and shorepower to the panel. Make sure you have an ATS. If they told you to not run at the same time, something is wrong with the installation and it's a hazard. I can run my gen while plugged in. The gen has priority over shore power in the ATS. It's almost seamless when it changes over from one to the other.
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Do they all come with the ATS switch now I just ordered a new rig ???
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Do they all come with the ATS switch now I just ordered a new rig ???
I had to order the Gen Prep option.
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If you do not order at least the Gen Prep option, you will not get a Transfer Switch.
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:13 PM   #16
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I ordered the legacy and solar with gen set so it should be installed
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:29 PM   #17
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I ordered the legacy and solar with gen set so it should be installed
The Transfer switch is included with the Legacy package with or without gen installed
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That's what I thought just a little concern when I read a person burned his trailer down with power on and generator running
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