Power Systems: Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Peak Performance
Entegra Coach models are built with elaborate power systems, designed to keep you comfortable throughout all the different stages of travel. While amazingly advanced, they can also be a little tricky to wrap your head around. Here are a handful of tips and tricks for keeping your systems healthy and recognizing and addressing opportunities to keep your systems working in top form.
Protect power switches
Each Entegra Coach has two main power switches, one at the entry door and one on the driver’s console. Before you leave your furry friends roaming free inside your coach, cover the switch in the cockpit to prevent them from accidently turning the power off. You may be thinking, “Well, I’ll just leave auto-gen on.” But, if a main power switch is turned off, auto-gen is disabled. This will help ensure the A/C isn’t accidentally turned off while you’re away. Fido will stay cool in the summer and your food will stay fresh.
An easy fix for low voltage
When you take your coach in to have the generator serviced, one of the first steps in the technician’s procedure is to turn the generator’s main circuit breaker off. It isn’t, however, always part of their protocol to turn it back on. After picking up your coach, be sure to switch the breaker back on or you may experience low voltage.
Preventing damage to your transfer switch
When you plug into shore power, you should notice a fairly loud “click” sound. That’s a good sign. It means that the transfer switch is engaged. But, if you hear a repetitive chattering sound while you’re plugged into shore power, that’s a bad sign. It means you’re getting inconsistent power, causing the switch to quickly engage and disengage repeatedly. This is not good for the life of the switch. Unplug from the post immediately, turn off your generator and let the campground know that there’s something wrong with your power source.
Which items need shore or generator power
As you travel, keep in mind there are certain powered-features in the coach that require shore or generator power. There’s a quick and easy way to remember which they are. In the driver’s side overhead compartment, you see two breaker boxes. The left one is always the main and the items shown there are what need shore or generator power, including:
- Aqua Hot Electric Element
- Inverters (the inverters will work on their own with the batteries, but to charge the batteries back up you need the shore or generator power)
When to turn off the inverter
The only time you should turn the inverter off is if you are storing your coach unplugged, or at a location you can’t monitor closely for more than two weeks. If you’re storing it at a remote facility, even if it’s plugged in, we recommend turning the inverter off. In the case of a power outage, you may not know right away or be able to respond before the batteries are drained, which takes about six hours.
As always, if you have any questions about your power systems, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Give us a call at 800-517-9137.