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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:28 am 
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Location: Shelburne, Vermont
Hey folks,

Looking for some advice about where to check next. We have a 2003 Born Free 24RB with a Generac generator.

I have a new charge controller installed this spring and some batter monitors installed and I noticed when we started the generator last night I was getting no power - nothing to outlets, microwave, or AC, etc..

I check the fuse on the generator and I checked the breaker on the generator and both looked ok.

I then turned the generator off.... and started the engine of the car - I could see in the battery monitor right away the house batteries charging - so I thought the charge control is ok. So I figured this means when the generator was on no power must have been flowing to the charge controller from the generator (anyone think that is an ok assumption :-) ?)

I was not able to check if shore power was working to charge batteries or power AC (I know, this would have been a good test to narrow down things, unfortunately the Born Free is out on a trip for a few weeks right now and I am not with it).

Thoughts?

Wiring from generator to ATS?

The shore power and generator ATS switch?

Or could the generator be running and just not putting out power at all?

Just wondering if anyone has encountered any similar issues in the past and what the causes have been. Thanks!

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2003 Born Free 24' RB - No. 6685 -- 11/2003
2001 Born Free 24' RB - No. 6176 -- 9/2000
(Former 2001 Born Free 24' RB - No. 6185 -- 3/2001)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:00 am 
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Location: Spencer, IA
Kevin,

In our forum section titled Technical Library read the topic titled Hidden Generator Circuit Breaker. If your coach has the hidden breaker and resetting does not fix the problem then the remaining most likely problem is a failed transfer relay (ATS).

Also years ago a compatibility problem between the Generac generator and the Parallax ATS transfer relay was discovered. Your coach may never have been upgraded to the replacement electronic transfer relay (ATS 301). Click on the following link discussing this issue at length: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2002

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2002 Born Free (Ford E-450 V10) 26' RSB
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:43 am 
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Thanks Bill,

Great suggestions - I think I have seen one of these on my 2001. This looks like what you shared in your post:

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I can't remember if the 2003 had one.. things are kind of tight behind the power box by the water tank under the sink. I think the ATS is right behind there. I don't remember seeing a box.

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But I will go looking next time I have the Born Free here. Thanks!

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2003 Born Free 24' RB - No. 6685 -- 11/2003
2001 Born Free 24' RB - No. 6176 -- 9/2000
(Former 2001 Born Free 24' RB - No. 6185 -- 3/2001)


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