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Asked by Jul 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM about the 1992 Volkswagen EuroVan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1992 Eurovan Camper. When I plug it into house current, everything works great
- battery charges, fridge, plugs, etc. If I use a generator, bam! Nothing works. The
generator is 2000watt - newish - five years old - and a good one. Behind the seat there is
a GFI plug, and behind that is a little transparent box with contacts in it. When I plug in
the house current, the contacts close. When I use the generator, they don't. I think the
problem is in here, but if anyone can enlighten me, I will be grateful!

2 Answers


I know which relay you are talking about. I am fluent in German and shall check what T4 Wicki says about this. Keep you posted or email me directly at


My guess, further to above, either the voltage is not high enough to trigger the relay or the GFI interprets the lack of voltage as a short and cuts out.

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