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MTK46
06-30-2021, 10:55 AM
Never had this happen before.
I was running it had fridge, rear a/c, electric hot water and started the microwave. Power shut off generator still running.
I shut generator off and waited a couple of minutes before restarting it. It started but power never came back on.
Shut it down again and checked the switch panel on it.
Mine has a 30 & 20 amp switch. 30 amp was on 20 amp was off. Turned the 20 back on. Went to bed.
This morning I started the generator and all is fine.
So was it the 20 amp switch that caused the problem?
If so with the 30 one on why didn't I have some 110v power?
It couldn't have been the transfer switch as I plugged in my cord to a 15amp plug and did have power.
To tell you the truth I never paid any attention to the switches on the generator before.
As I bought my MS used and the hour meter wasn't working I don't know how many total hours are on it.
I changed it out right away and in two years I've put 65 hours on it. I don't think it had a lot on it when I bought it.

So any ideas?

wingnut60
07-01-2021, 10:33 PM
Mike,
I had a 5500 Onan Marquis in my '05--changed it to the '15 when traded for it. In the total 13 years I had the two units, the gen never failed to operate. Only changed oil/filters twice. Had somewhere around 500 hours on it total in 13 years. Never had the same thing happen that you had. Can't help with an answer.
Joe

Dan50
07-05-2021, 04:34 PM
I have heard of a few people with the same problem. The 20 amp breaker trips on the unit pops and you lose all power. The Onan comes in two variations. A 20 amp breaker and a 30 or two 30 amp breaker. The fix is to change out the 20 for another 30.

MTK46
07-05-2021, 04:42 PM
Thanks I'll look into that.

bones95949
07-06-2021, 04:56 PM
I have the same gen as you do. My 20 amp breaker does pop on occassion when I overload it with usually kitchen items. obviously the 20 amp can't take the draw that the 30 can. Don't really think there is a fix for it, other then to not try to draw so much power. Think I have read something about it only being 45 amp max draw. However don't think changing the 20 amp to a 30 is a good idea. I just live with what it is and know it's limitations. Good luck

dmorse68
07-08-2021, 12:04 AM
Yeah MTK46, that’s normal. You ran too many big draw items on that 20 am circuit. With the AC and the microwave, it didn’t have a chance. Just be mindful, and watch your amp
Draw on each leg, on the “RV POWER MONITOR FOR ATS” display in the entry closet and you’ll be fine.

MTK46
07-08-2021, 09:10 AM
I did read that max amps is 45.8 for this generator. As this is the first time it has happened I now know the limit.

Thanks for all the help!
That's why I'm on this site. Been RVing for 35+ years and still learning. Had the same generator in a Toy Hauler and never did it. First time for everything.

dmorse68
07-08-2021, 09:17 AM
I know huh. Still learning too and first time for everything.

You think they would design the gen to handle a total of 45 amps no matter which leg it’s on. But I think it’s DRV’s design that is the main issue. I noticed (at least in my ‘18 36RSSB3) that the big draw appliances are mainly on one leg. If it were me, I’d split them up on both 220v legs evenly.

MTK46
07-08-2021, 10:14 AM
I do know that I can run the rear a/c and microwave with the fridge at the same time. We do it all the time with the generator. Kicker was the water heater.
Oh and I don't have any info amp draw on the inside of my door.

Dan50
07-08-2021, 11:30 AM
I have the same gen as you do. My 20 amp breaker does pop on occassion when I overload it with usually kitchen items. obviously the 20 amp can't take the draw that the 30 can. Don't really think there is a fix for it, other then to not try to draw so much power. Think I have read something about it only being 45 amp max draw. However don't think changing the 20 amp to a 30 is a good idea. I just live with what it is and know it's limitations. Good luck



Onan themselves suggest changing the 20 amp to a 30 Aamp btraker.

MTK46
07-08-2021, 06:08 PM
I just looked at my main breaker panel and the water heater is on the other leg.
Now that I know what's on each leg I'll be more mindful of what's on when using the generator.

Notanlines
07-08-2021, 06:37 PM
MTK, it may have been mentioned, but your water heater has no business on electric when you have the generator cranked unless you're out of propane.