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Old 01-27-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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Several problems with a 2009 Inspire

I have a 2009 Inspire 43 foot with a 10 Kw Onan gen set Kobuta diesel. Last week I went to start the generator, it turned over half a turn and everything went dead like a fuse blew ?? So I've been checking fuses and circuit breakers anywhere that I can find one, but have had no luck yet ??? are there any circuit breakers or fuses on the Gen set it's self ?? or is there a hidden fuse someplace that I may not have looked ???

My other problem is I have no head lights ??? again I've been checking fuses and circuit breakers and can't seem to figure out the problem ?? If I'm remembering right the headlights seemed to go dim for a few weeks before giving up entirely ??? I thought maybe I was going blind ??? or at least night blind ???

can anyone steer me in a direction that I may not have looked yet ???

Thanks for any help you can give


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How good are your batteries, how old are they, are the posts clean. Are you hooked up to shore power. Just need a little more info
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Check your ground wires.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:33 PM   #4
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Did you also try to start the generator with the switch on the generator, not the remote switch?

Is there 12v power at either switch?

There is likely some fuses at the Genset. My PowerTech has two that I can check without taking the lid off the electrical array compartment.

Almost every Generator Manual has a trouble shooting chart for the engine and also for the generation unit. Have you followed the steps?
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I would go straight to the batteries and check for 12.5 or better when not plugged in. The gen usually starts off the house batterys but you need to confirm your batterys are fully charged before looking for other problems.
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I have a 2009 Inspire 43 foot with a 10 Kw Onan gen set Kobuta diesel. Last week I went to start the generator, it turned over half a turn and everything went dead like a fuse blew ?? So I've been checking fuses and circuit breakers anywhere that I can find one, but have had no luck yet ??? are there any circuit breakers or fuses on the Gen set it's self ?? or is there a hidden fuse someplace that I may not have looked ???

My other problem is I have no head lights ??? again I've been checking fuses and circuit breakers and can't seem to figure out the problem ?? If I'm remembering right the headlights seemed to go dim for a few weeks before giving up entirely ??? I thought maybe I was going blind ??? or at least night blind ???

can anyone steer me in a direction that I may not have looked yet ???

Thanks for any help you can give


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Gene,

I had the same problem with my headlights and it turned out to be the Hi/Lo switch integrated inside the turn signal switch mounted in the steering column. It got hot melting the plastic and stopping making contact. It was a Ford part. I'll try to find the part number tomorrow. I've heard of others with the same problem and outcome.
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good suggestion ---I'll look into it
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House batteries are about a year old and are holding 12.9 volts.
The motor home is plugged into shore power.

The ground is a good suggestion --I'll look into it

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In the Winter when I start my generator (I do this every two weeks) it usually has about a 5 second delay. In the Summer it fires immediately. I just hold the switch down until it fires up, it hasn't failed me yet. May try just holding the switch in the start position for 3-5 seconds (or longer) and see what happens. If not it should start quickly off the switch on the generator itself (I've done it that way too). I have the same generator as you do, a 10,000K Onan.
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Gene,

I had the same problem with my headlights and it turned out to be the Hi/Lo switch integrated inside the turn signal switch mounted in the steering column. It got hot melting the plastic and stopping making contact. It was a Ford part. I'll try to find the part number tomorrow. I've heard of others with the same problem and outcome.
You are spot on right !!!


I took the column apart and the contact points that turn on the headlights are all burned up -- nothing left of one of them
Thanks for the kick in the right direction, I owe you a beer

now if you can provide the part number for the replacement and someplace to go and get it I'll have headlights again

Thanks

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Gen Set

I'm still looking for the culprit with the Gen Set ??? any other ideas ???

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You are spot on right !!!


I took the column apart and the contact points that turn on the headlights are all burned up -- nothing left of one of them
Thanks for the kick in the right direction, I owe you a beer

now if you can provide the part number for the replacement and someplace to go and get it I'll have headlights again

Thanks

Gene
Hi Gene,

Sorry it took so ling to get back to you. The part you are looking for is made by Douglas Autotech. The part number is DUG TS012

Douglas Auto Tech Turn Signal Kit Part TS012 | eBay

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I don't know if you've already solved your generator start problem but although I have a different genset I would be willing to bet you have a reset breaker on the genset itself. In the case of my Onan it would not affect the start capability but maybe it does on yours. Chances are poor ground or battery connections are the culprit. Your starter may also be going bad or have gone out completely. Hope this helps.
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