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Default M380 Generator fuel consumption

What is the fuel consumption of the generator in my 2003 M380?
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I'm using a 20 VCD 300A digital combo volt/amp meter and shunt from http://stores.ebay.com/Elite-element...sub=1495027012 monitor my house batteries status and load. Have ordered another one to monitor my generator battery from http://stores.ebay.com/Lightning-Boy-USA.
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What is the fuel consumption of the generator in my 2003 M380?
Of course that is a bit of a loaded question Lee

A very good middle of the road number would be 1/2 gallon per hour. This would be based on a mild load. If air conditioners were running all the time that number would go to about 1 gallon an hour give or take.

I have fallen in mechaical love with my new to me diesel Onan. It is variable speed and therefore basically idles with just a light load like battery chargers and some lights running. It then speeds up accordingly as A/C units come on etc. It is total inverter technology. In an M380 you probably have an efficient generator too!
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I'm using a 20 VCD 300A digital combo volt/amp meter and shunt from http://stores.ebay.com/Elite-element...sub=1495027012 monitor my house batteries status and load. Have ordered another one to monitor my generator battery from http://stores.ebay.com/Lightning-Boy-USA.
I have purchased some of those same gauges from Coldfusion on EBay. I think this is a neat multipurpose gauge too.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Digital-AC-Power...item35ab753064
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Something that needs to be taken into consideration when assessing a full charge is the temperature. My Xantrex charger/inverter has a remote temperature sensor attached to one of the battery terminals. Depending on the battery temperature, the charge and float rates are lower as the temperature rises. So if your environment changes significantly during your travels or over the seasons you may need to adjust your settings. An example of the extremes of the temperature compensated accept and float rates for the Xantrex Freedom charger are: (for lead acid batteries)

Temp 30 degrees Accept charge 15.2 volts- Float 14.3 volts
Temp 70 degrees Accept charge 14.4 volts- Float 13.5 volts
Temp 120 degrees Accept charge 12.5 volts- Float 12.5 volts

These are extremes, but if it's 90 degrees outside they could easily reach well over 100 degrees. So with the temperature compensated charge rate your generator may never see the anticipated voltage and never shut off. And in cold weather it might shut off too soon.
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Default M380 - Magnum MS2812 AGS Wiring for Powertech Gen w/ Packard Connector

Preface - AGS function has not worked with OEM Trace inverter since I purchased the coach last year. Now I think I know why. It must've been a late Friday afternoon when BB wired my coach 10 years ago

Yesterday on doing inverter swap to new Magnum MS2812 inverter, I was careful to label all wires when disconnecting them from OEM Trace unit. As I wired the new inverter everything was straight forward - L1/L2 Hot In/Out etc. However, I didn't finish the AGS because of the confusing way the old Trace was wired vs Magnum's wiring diagram for my generator. The Trace was wired as in the picture below - Purple to Gen Start 1 (fused), Blue to Gen Start 2 (fused) and Red/White crimped to a solid white wire leading to unknown location in the inverter. Obviously further info was needed so I cleaned up and headed home before having a chance to follow Magnum's lengthy startup instructions for the new inverter.

Magnum provides a nice AGS wiring diagram for the Powertech with Packard connector HERE. On comparing this to BB's Trace wiring job at the inverter I found some pretty big differences.

Has anyone wired an AGS for a Magnum inverter with a Powertech Gen & Packard connector?
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Default Wiring Magnum AGS to PowerTech Generator in M380

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...Magnum provides a nice AGS wiring diagram for the Powertech with Packard connector HERE....
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Close out of post above - Wiring PowerTech into Magnum AGS box via the existing Trace-to-generator line turned out to be a non-issue with Magnum's excellent instructions linked above. Only needed to refer to the PowerTech manual to determine function of each of the wires in the existing line. Connected those as appropriate with a couple inline blade style 5 amp fuses to the Magnum AGS and reset the AGS DIP switches. AGS works exactly as it should.

Find complete Magnum inverter install instructions including for the AGS, HERE.
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