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Dies under heavy load. Used to run my camper all day. Now will run my compressor but dies when I plug in 30amp cord

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First thing I would check is the power supply. Sounds like when the compressor tries to kick on the amp draw is so high it is causing the fan to act like its going off and in reality all the power is going to the heavy load which is the compressor. A long extension cord could be the culprit or a cord meant for a lighter duty. If you've got it connected with a 25 foot 12 gauge cord do some detective work and check your power connections from that plug all the way to the compressor relay looking for burnt or loose wires. You may also have burnt wires on the compressor terminals. Lastly you may have a compressor that's getting ready to fail and having trouble getting started until it gets good and hot and the tired bearings get some hot oil in them and it finally starts one more time. Hope this helps and good luck.

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The R-Pod use 30amp power (110vac). You can buy an adapter that will reduce the plug from 30amp down to 20amp which is typically what your home outlets will be. Keep in mind; however, that when plugged into 20amp or 15amp service you will not be able to safely run the AC with any other appliances, or the refrigerator on electric with other appliances, etc. The concept for the adapter is so that you can plug in at your home to a standard outlet to turn on the lights while you pack the camper and load the refrigerator. It is not designed for long term use.

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We have s6000 generator and a 38 foot camper that runs on 30amp. Do we need to buy and adaptor and can we use the 30 amp plug on the generator. And do we use the 4 prong or three prong


You will probably have to buy an adaptor. Read the owners manual for the generator, the 4 prong should only be for 240V. The 3 prong should be 120V. But READ the owners manual. If it is this way you should be able to get an adaptor at your local hardware/electrical supplier or any RV store.

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Assuming there is nothing wrong with the generator, I'm not sure what the Amp rating on a 1 hp compressor is, but starting currents can be 5 or more times the rated current, especially for starting heavy loads like compressors. While the motor only needs it for a short time, if it doesn't get it, it ain't gonna start. If you really need to run this compressor off this generator, one possible solution is to see if the compressor motor has connections inside to wire it for 240 volt operation. I realize in theory you should have available the same full power rating from the generator at 120 v and 240 v. However, many times a motor will still start more easily on 240 than 120, for the same reason that automobile starters went from 6 volt to 12 volt. If you do change the voltage to 240, BE SURE TO CHANGE THE POWER CORD AND PLUG ON THE COMPRESSOR!!!

As a side note, I have one of these generators I purchased as "refurbished", and it is flakey. It works, mostly, but not exactly right. I'm working on it. So anything COULD be wrong.

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