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Old 03-02-2014, 12:35 AM   #15
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Thanks for the replies!! Once this next band of snow comes through, we will try filling the tank & see if that does it. It has been winterized. Thank you!!
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:59 AM   #16
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Still snowing so we haven't gotten motorhome out to get gas but....hubby says it does "click, click, click" when he pushes the button. He also said he thinks he had at least 1/2 tank of gas & tried it. From doing some reading, he's wondering if it could be the solenoid? Can those be tested somehow? How difficult are they to change yourself? Sorry for the stupid questions. It's just kind of overwhelming going from TT to motorhome with all of the "gadgets" they have. We have been trying to read & troubleshoot it ourselves without bothering anybody. But...you guys are such experts!! We really do appreciate the help & suggestions.
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Also a newbie. Bought a 2007 Damon Daybreak 2years ago. We love it, but do not get to travel as much asI would like since I am still working full time plus.
I had a problem with my generator not starting and it turned out the oil in the generator was very low. Guys that serviced it said it will not start without enough oil pressure. They serviced it and it ran fine ever since. If I have not used it in a while it takes a couple of tries to get it going. I found that creaking for a few seconds then stop and then try again seems to work. Must be some kind of priming process like mentioned in other posts. Also the information about the gas tank needs to be more than 1/4 full is correct. Good luck.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:05 AM   #19
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I think everyone need's a little more info. Is the generator turning over and just not starting or are you just hearing a click,click,click, and it's not turning over? If you have new batteries it could be a bad connection or ground. Just a guess here, but start your MH engine and now try starting your generator with the engine running.
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If your coach is a gas engine then most likely the generator is also gas.
The gas genny does not have a primer, but you will need to hold
the switch until it starts. (that is assuming it is turning over).
The 1/4 tank rule still applies to a gas genny. You need to have gas
in your fuel tank.
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Sorry, have to disagree on primer function. It has been stated on several different web sites that holding the start switch down in the off position will prime the gen. then push rocker switch on the start side for starting. Maybe we have diff. gens? Use the search button above and type in "prime generator" you will find a host of answers for trouble shooting a non-starting generator. Good luck.
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Call the seller. Ask for instructions on how to start the generator like they did.
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If you hear only click click click, that telle me that the batteries are drained, much like a dead battery in a car. Click. That's the sound of the solenoid closing, but not enough juice to turn the engine over.

There should be an "AUX START" momentary push-switch on the dashboard. I would say to start the engine motorhome engine first, then hold that Aux switch in, and then push and hold the start button for the gen. The Aux button puts the house batteries with the chassis batteries, so even if somehpw the house batteries are drained, this will put the other set pf batteries in parallel with them, and that should do the job, unless there are other problems.
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'05 HR gasser...

Our generator start switch is of the 'rocker' type. To start, you first push the bottom half of the switch(OFF side), wait for the switch to light up(this indicates that genny is 'primed' with fuel pressure. Once the light is on, you release the bottom portion and then push the top of the switch(start) and that light will flicker until the generator starts and is running.

If your switch has this light(the switch will have a thin light bar window in it), you must hold the stop portion until this light illuminates (primed) or you will probably over heat the gen's starter trying to start it.

Being hooked up to 50Amp external power would help and charge your house battery bank. Like CaptBill said, sounds like you have weak batteries and as mentioned, the generator's oil should be checked for proper level. Good luck and welcome to the site.
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Just got new batteries. Still won't start up. Once snow clears, we will try again. Maybe tomorrow or Tuesday.
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Sorry, have to disagree on primer function. It has been stated on several different web sites that holding the start switch down in the off position will prime the gen. then push rocker switch on the start side for starting. Maybe we have diff. gens? Use the search button above and type in "prime generator" you will find a host of answers for trouble shooting a non-starting generator. Good luck.
The prime operation you are speaking of is for a diesel generator, not gasoline. The reason for the diesel prime is to fill the filter after changing it.
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As far as your empty propane tank. If you are a little handy you can put a stay awhile tee in. It goes between your tank valve and the regulator. This will allow you to connect an outside propane tank through a hose to your propane system. Very handy when you are parked in a campground like you are. You can also hook up a high pressure (the small disposable bottle type) gas grill with this tee.

And primers are not just for diesels. some models have a separate rocker just for priming. It is usually labeled.

If it is not the batteries, or corroded loose cables you can always try the rap the solenoid/starter with a shoe trick to see if it is bad. Sometimes a little whack motivates it while trying to start it. And yes if it does start then then it is going bad on you.
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The prime operation you are speaking of is for a diesel generator, not gasoline. The reason for the diesel prime is to fill the filter after changing it.
Sorry, but you are incorrect. We have a gasser with a gas genny. It must be primed before starting.
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