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    Question: Does the 12volt to 120 volt inverter need to be off when running the Onan generator?

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    Originally posted by Randy Mielke View Post
    Question: Does the 12volt to 120 volt inverter need to be off when running the Onan generator?
    Probably Otherwise you have two competing sources of 120V. An expert in this will be along shortly to give a better answer. Same would apply if your on shore power.Do you turn it off then?

    Hope this helps
    Keith
    2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dually

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Yoda View Post

      Probably Otherwise you have two competing sources of 120V. An expert in this will be along shortly to give a better answer. Same would apply if your on shore power.Do you turn it off then?

      Hope this helps
      Keith
      No expert here either - but, generally, there would be a transfer switch (auto or manual) for the AC source? In your case, perhaps a 3-way switch (shore, generator, inverter)? Just speculating... as Yoda noted, someone with more knowledge will be along.
      Ken & Sandra
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Randy Mielke View Post
        Question: Does the 12volt to 120 volt inverter need to be off when running the Onan generator?
        I am assuming you are referring to the factory inverter. Do you have the factory solar or just the inverter to run the fridge in the Solitudes? Generator is no different than shore power, so if you do not need to turn it off when plugging in to shore power you should not need to for the generator either.
        Neil Citro
        2018 Reflection 28bh
        2019 F350 6.7L Long Bed Crew Cab

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        • #5
          Aren't some inverters autoswitching? If it senses 120 source input it passes that 120 through. Like an auto transfer switch.

          With an onboard generator there should be an auto transfer switch.
          Ted
          2021 Reflection 310RLS
          2020 F350 PS,CC,LB,SRW

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TedS View Post
            Aren't some inverters autoswitching? If it senses 120 source input it passes that 120 through. Like an auto transfer switch.

            With an onboard generator there should be an auto transfer switch.
            Thats right, some are, not sure if the factory is, or if the inverter just runs those circuits off the inverter all the time (ie they are never on shore power and the converter just keeps up with the battery use when on shore power).
            Neil Citro
            2018 Reflection 28bh
            2019 F350 6.7L Long Bed Crew Cab

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            • #7
              The Momentum had an inverter and solar when we purchased it new. Just now getting a chance to use it. Evidently there are only a few 120 circuits that the inverter will supply the 120 voltage to. I turned off the inverter and started the generator but have no indication of 120 volt power? What am I missing?

              Everything runs fine on shore power but we are interested in non hook up camping.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Randy Mielke View Post
                The Momentum had an inverter and solar when we purchased it new. Just now getting a chance to use it. Evidently there are only a few 120 circuits that the inverter will supply the 120 voltage to. I turned off the inverter and started the generator but have no indication of 120 volt power? What am I missing?

                Everything runs fine on shore power but we are interested in non hook up camping.
                Which Momentum do you have?

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                Brian
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