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Old 03-01-2014, 02:33 PM   #1
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We had a travel trailer last year & left it parked at a Jellystone park all year. Yesterday, we purchased a 2000 a Winnebago Chieftain 35U motorhome . As of now, we plan to park it at the Jellystone for the Summer, then use it periodically during the Fall & Winter. FYI, I wear leg braces & have a neurological disease. Our cousin built a deck for our travel trailer last year. We're not sure of the exact measurements yet because of mud & snow but....we're either going to have to raise the motorhome.....or lower the deck so we can use the deck for the motorhome. It is on "temporary" bases because we're not allowed to dig. Anyone have any suggestions of the easiest way to do it? Another question....we can't get the generator to fire up. We had the batteries tested & replaced them. We are out of propane & the refill places have frozen tanks so we can't fill it to test. Would being out of propane cause the generator to not start? The dealer did have it running while we were there. We are still brand new and there are so many things to learn. But we are very excited!!! I apologize in advance for the million foolish more questions we'll probably have. Thank you soooo much for the help!!!!
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:43 PM   #3
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Does the generator turn over, or is there nothing?
Check your breaker or fuse.

Your generator should run on gas not propane (unless you have a
propane unit)
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:07 PM   #5
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Welcome!! I'm a newbie too. I had trouble starting my gen until I realized that I had to hold the start button down for about 10 seconds or more until the gen started.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:11 PM   #6
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If your gas tank on your MOHO is below 1/4 tank, your generator won't get gas as the tube feeding it only goes to midway down the gas tank so you leave enough gas to go refill... however, it it is a seperate unit that is run outside and you plug your MOHO into it, that's a different problem.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:11 PM   #7
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Push the off side of the toggle switch for about 10-20 seconds. This will prime the generator. Now hit the start side of the switch. It should start. And welcome from S.E. Michigan.
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Laginog...what is the fuel for the genny? Propane, diesel etc.?

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Honestly, we aren't sure if the generator is gas or propane. We've been looking in the paperwork to find out , with no luck.
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Glad you joined us. I may be wrong but I'm sure your generator runs on gasoline. As mentioned if your fuel tank is under 1/4 full the generator will NOT start and run. Good luck and hope all works out.
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Wow! My motorhome in print! Welcome to the forum. We really enjoy the floorplan of the Chieftain 35U. The only problem that we did have was with a leaking windshield due to rust which is a common problem with Winnebagoes. Smooth riding rv with a lot of bell and whistles that came stock. Sometimes it takes about 3 or 4 tries before the generator will start.
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