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Old 08-15-2005, 09:00 AM   #1
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I own a 2003 Alpine 34 FDDS with the 7.5 Onan generator. The other day I walked by the MH and noticed the generator running at idle. The coach was plugged into a 50 amp service at that time. I checked with Cummins NW and the service manager believes there is a technical bulleting out on this problem. The tech will research it when he returns to the shop. Anyone else have this problem?

I also went out to change the oil in the genset and started it to warm it up. Now the generator does not deliver electricity to the coach. The coach is not plugged in. I checked the 35 amp breaker on the Onan and even plugged the coach in several times hearing the transfer switch activate. Any suggestions as to where to look next?
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I own a 2003 Alpine 34 FDDS with the 7.5 Onan generator. The other day I walked by the MH and noticed the generator running at idle. The coach was plugged into a 50 amp service at that time. I checked with Cummins NW and the service manager believes there is a technical bulleting out on this problem. The tech will research it when he returns to the shop. Anyone else have this problem?

I also went out to change the oil in the genset and started it to warm it up. Now the generator does not deliver electricity to the coach. The coach is not plugged in. I checked the 35 amp breaker on the Onan and even plugged the coach in several times hearing the transfer switch activate. Any suggestions as to where to look next?
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Well, I answered question # 2 myself. After starting the generator and removing the high voltage cover on the right, top front, the voltmeter indicated that both legs were receiving 120. Not a generator problem. I then went bact to the power transfer box removing the lid. Using the voltmeter I discoved that one of the hot legs (black) from the generator was dead. A break in the line, unlikely as WRV did use heavy stranded wire to run from the generator to the transfer switch. With the gen slide all they way out I could look far back on to the ceiling of the compartment and spotted a plastic weathertight junction box. Hopefully here is where the break in continuity would be and luckily it was. Chalk another one up for sloppy workmanship. The wirenut connecting the two black wires had been improperly installed and the wires eventually separated from vibration. I redid all the wirenut connections, red, black white and green. Now everything is happy happy and the generator is delivering power to the coach. If anybody ever asks me about RVing, I simply tell them that it would be best if they are handy and willing to dive into problems. It does not seem to matter about price, brand or configuration. RVs are going to be lots of fun for the amateur mechanic.
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