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Old 06-07-2015, 06:59 PM   #1
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Electrical Issues

so, our 2001 Tradeswinds, ran Genrac LP generator on Sunday, everything fine. Drove +/- 430 miles Monday, overnighted @Flying J, drove about 350 miles Tuesday, stopped, fueled up, ran inverter/microwave to heat dinner, started back up, drove another 120 miles. Got home @ 8:30pm, parked bus, no 12v interior anything would work, fridge off, no lights. Wednesday AM, start up bus, back into driveway, plug in 2 115v lines thru adapter, Progressive surge protector indicates good power, no power at all in bus (house side), no charger (Xantrax Freedom 458)...
Set up external battery charger, charge both house banks & top off chassis batteries.
Thursday, gonna start checking things..... now have house 12v & 115v power....charger running, GFCI in bathroom needed to be reset.

OK.......Gonna do an oil change on the Generac ... let's start her up & get her warm... only solenoid click...then tried Power Gear jacks... lights on panel, no pump.... They are on the same breaker... tried to re-set, doesn't seem to be tripped...
Went to front of Genny, shorted across solenoid terminals (large ones) starter spins, bendix doesn't engage.......

Any ideas where to go from here????
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:28 PM   #2
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Sounds like a bad ground, possibly at the batteries or where they ground at the chassis. There may be another ground strap for the Gen.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:03 PM   #3
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Is the Salesman's Switch off? Make sure it's 'on'.
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Update: currently, everything is working, except genny... I jumped the large terminals to test the solenoid... the starter motor spins, gear does not extend... however, if I just use the start switch, I get a rapid, loud clicking sound....and no starter motor activity at all........
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Still a bad connection, check all of them. Spinning the starter motor, without engaging the flywheel, is a smaller load then turning the engine.

A good test, is to make it rapidly click for 15 seconds and then feel the cable connections to and from the generator and battery. A warm one is your culprit.
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Are your batteries sufficiently charged? Last week, my generator turned slowly, then just started clicking. It also flashed a code 32, "insufficient crank speed">

I found out that my house batteries were very low. I charged them, and the genset cranked over and started with no problem.

I didn't know that the generator draws from the house batteries; I thought it would use the chassis batteries.


EDIT: I just re-read your original post, and it seems that both sets of batteries are fully charged. So it's back to looking like a poor connection somewhere.
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UPDATE: Well, I had told DW 2 weeks ago that I was going to remove all of the batteries, clean up all the terminals and reinstall it all.... So, between the raindrops and thunder today, that's what I did.... When I removed the 4 6v house batteries, I noticed the main ground (3/0 cable) from the house bank to the chassis had a problem... the ring terminal at the chassis was snapped in half!!! Completely separated... couldn't see it from the battery compartment... So, one new crimp on terminal later, I am back in business!!! Everything works!!! Thanks to all who offered insights and help.......
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Thanks for the update. Glad you found the problem.
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