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Old 08-24-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Starting generator while driving.

I have an 07 Damon with a 4.5 Generac gen set, Often times the DW will ask me to start it while going down the interstate, I can't hear it or feel it.(It's located midship road side)

My Question is, How do you tell it is running so you know when to release the start button?
Any tips or tricks?
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There is no light on the starter button ?
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Ours has a light on it that will flicker while it's cranking & light solid when the genny is running. I just wish that light was bigger &/or brighter to see. I usually have to cup my other hand over the switch (daylight) to shade it so I can see the darned thing.

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There must be a better way than putting your hand over the button to see the light. I too would like to know of a solution.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:28 PM   #5
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Mine has a light, does it flicker, who knows? I found that it will stay lit even if Gen set fails to start.*correction* It stays lit for 5 Sec. on false start, it would be nice to know when it has started, for two reason
1) running starter for 15-20 sec. for full start is better for starter than 3 or 4 , 5 sec. false starts.
2)If it starts quickly it would be nice to know to prevent me from over running the starter.
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My Onan also has a lighted switch that is very hard to see. I usually push the start button for 5-7 seconds and then watch the hour meter or have someone try to turn on the tv. If it doesn't work, then I try the start button for another 5-7 seconds. I figured this way I wouldn't burn up the starter. It usually starts the first or second time. However, I agree, it is a pain and should be easier than this!
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Modified night light

Cover the sensor on a night light and plug it into a visible unused outlet.

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I added an additional bright LED lamp off of my switch so I can easily see when it's lit. You should be able to get at the back of the switch and add an outboard lamp.
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Stump Jumper, I have a similar test, The DW tells me if clock on Microwave is lit.
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Cover the sensor on a night light and plug it into a visible unused outlet.

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I have thought about something like this, Trouble is ATS takes 7-12 sec. to kick in after gen set reaches 100%, The gen would have been started , and your over running the starter for 10-15 sec..
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In our previous gas coaches I could not hear the generator either. We keep one of these voltmeters permanently plugged in the kitchen. Makes it easy for passenger to know if there is power.
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GEN running

You see it at the 110 V outlet in the kitchen..... the 'little' green light (if you have one). If it is ON, the GEN runs and the STOP light on the switch is steady on the START switch. I can hear the GEN 'humming'.

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I use a small 120 V light in the outlet over the passengers seat. If its on, the generator is working. This is useful on starting and even on the rare occasions that the generator may cut off (overheated or?)
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To start the generator with less cranking hold the switch to the off position until the light on the switch comes on. On carbureted models this sets the choke. On fuel injected models the fuel injectors give the cylinders a shot of fuel. In either case the generator will usually start within 5-6 seconds of cranking. We start the generator this way every time we take out of storage. In 10 years it's never cranked more than 10 seconds even in the coldest (-20*F) weather.
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