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Old 10-10-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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Finally Generator Problem Found

Finally found out why my Generac has been shutting down. For the past few years I have had problems with my genny shutting down sometimes. My coolant levels would sometimes be low and other times it would be ok. My last drama was in early Sep. when we drove to Hesperia CA for a wedding. We had no a/c on the road as the genny would shut down in a few mins. I checked the coolant level and it was ok. When I got home I started checking it a few different ways. With radiator cap off, coolant tank ok it ran for an hour with both a/c's on. Then later I ran with the cap back on and the coolant tank level ok, it shut down in less then 3 mins. Called a Genny Tech and he said check to see if the radiator has coolant. I removed the cap the next day and there was coolant dripping from the cap and I could feel coolant with my finger. I was just about to start it when I noticed the coolant tank was almost empty. I filled it to the max level, fired it up, turned on both a/c's and let it run over 2 hours with no problem. For some reason it didn't build up enough pressure to pull coolant from the recovery tank.
Took it to a Certified Generac genny dealer here in SLC, UT and he ran it until he could see where it appeared to be leaking at the bottom of the radiator where the hose connects. Because of the way it is mounted in the front of my MH there is no way you change out a hose. At least it was one of the easiest removals they've done on MH's. I'm thinking, "oh great" for a 15 dollar hose it's going to cost me 4-5 hundred to remove and replace the genny. Wrong--the radiator had leakage at the top and at the bottom on opposite sides. Bad news, new radiator 450.00 and not in stock, Good news, radiator shop repaired it for 150.00. While she's out, new belts, hoses, valve cover gasket, brushes, temp sensor and oil sensor all for a total of 1026.00 plus tax. Told the wife we are sure going to do a lot of Wally Docking and boon docking this winter.

So if any of you are ever in the SLC UT area and need a generator worked on take it to C W Supply on 7th South and 5th West.

LESSON LEARNED===If I ever buy another MH I will certainly check out the generator for roll out repair access.
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LESSON LEARNED===If I ever buy another MH I will certainly check out the generator for roll out repair access.
If I ever upgrade to a DP, that was on my "Have to" list.

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What model of Generator was it? thanks.
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thanks, that's the same one I have. good to know there is someplace local to me that I can take it if needed. thanks for posting up as info on these generators are hard to come by from what I have been able to find online.
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Just checked you profile out, we're in the same City.
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I believe Generwreck is out of the RV genset biz. I could be wrong.
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Just checked you profile out, we're in the same City.
It's always nice to meet someone local. I'm new the the RV ownership as we just purchased our Winnebago at the end of July. We've been out 3 times with it so far.

Since our purchase I have been trying to compile important information that I might need on my RV systems a a place that can service the generator if I need it will come in hand.
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I believe Generwreck is out of the RV genset biz. I could be wrong.
You're right, they are only doing home and business gennys. But they still repair the rv gennys.
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Yet another Generator Question

Ok all of you Genrac Guru's out there, I have a question.

If I want to disassemble my Carb and clean the bowl and jets. Do I need a gasket or gasket kit?

It's a 1996 Onan Emerald Plus 6500 gas with 50hrs on it (low hrs=varnished gas).

Ive seen conflicting info on Onan carbs. Specifically rebuilding vs toss out the old and install the new. Want to avoid spending $200 for a new carb.

Thought I'd start out with a new fuel pump/filter and see if my backfire /dieing issue gets resolved.

Mind you, I just want to clean as much of the varnish out as I can

Thx....

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