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Old 08-26-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Starting the engine to start the gennie????

Hey all,

Well, our batteries are behaving much better since we replaced them but Hubby still watches TV almost all night on the inverter and invariably, by morning the batts are flat. I cannot start the gennie without turning on the engine for a few seconds and the few seconds of running the engine starts to fill the air bags....then the front of the coach lifts and the front leverers come off the ground.

Can any of you tell me how I can keep the air bags from filling when I start the engine just for a few seconds? Or do I then have to re-level the coach with all of the slides out???? I am a little nervous about doing that...... But Hubby needs his TV on all night....

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Turn the key to the run position and hold the aux boost/emergency start button down while starting the generator.
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Do you not have a lever to dump your air bags? On my Discovery, you can select between dump and auto. If you have the same lever, leave the lever in dump position when you start the engine.
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Turn the key to the run position and hold the aux boost/emergency start button down while starting the generator.
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Your husband should know that using the batteries in this manner significantly shortens their life cycle. Either he needs to stop watching TV before the batteries go flat or get bigger batteries.
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Your husband should know that using the batteries in this manner significantly shortens their life cycle. Either he needs to stop watching TV before the batteries go flat or get bigger batteries.
I agree with the above completely.
Starting the main engine for as long as it takes to start the APU(genny) is also not a good plan as it is bad for just about everything.

If you can't get your husband to change his ways, then at least get the APU set up with its own start battery. Doing what you are doing, even if you give up starting the main engine, is going to cost you in the future.
Or Maybe, just put in another bank just for the TV. That way, when it blinks off he knows its time to go to bed.

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