Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > Vintage RV's
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-24-2016, 02:27 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 15
Onan Emerald III

Yes I am back. The Generator does not start. The PO stated he thinks the board is out, but will start on the outside. No Go!

The 5amp fuse was missing, pulled the plate off and the board was unplugged, Ugh! The breakers were off.

So when outside and push the start button, should it turn over? I am wondering if the starter solenoid is bad. It has 12v to it, and tried to jump it, but it is in pretty poor shape. I got a click out of the starter, the contacts are pretty dirty. I can go to fleet farm and pick one up that mounts on the side and install it.

If the solenoid is good, has clean terminals, should the outside switch turn it over? Once I get it to turn over, then I can troubleshoot the other problems.

Thank in advance.

P.S. More questions coming.

AtekorS is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-24-2016, 02:42 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 5,498
You can use auto jumpers to jump around the solenoids big terminals to bypass it.

Use the other cable to connect a good ground from chassis to engine.

If it cranks, then buy a new solenoid. If it dont, make sure the engine can turn and not seized.

twinboat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2016, 05:30 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 15
I did get a turn at one point, but the connectors on the solenoid are rusty, for $12 I can change it. Are you saying I can jump the generator without harm? I am going to change the solenoid because I had a hard time just to get a reading on the meter. Then when I did tried to jump it, one time I got a little action. To dirty to go further. Once it is changed, should the outside switch turn it over?
AtekorS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2016, 08:46 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4,281
Save yourself a lot of agony and get a copy of the manual as it will have troubleshooting instructions.

Regarding the selenoid...All it does is connect the 2 large wires together \o engage the starter if it has one.

You could just use jumper cables and another battery and jump to the starter wire and ground and see what it does.

If rusty looking yiu may have corroded connections so stop what you are doing and clean all of the connections one at a time.

Remove one and only one nut then take all wires at that point off and with a wire brush clean the lug on the wire and the bolt.

Make sure the wires are not green either.

Do this for wires on starter nd selenoid as well as any connectors.

After all is cleaned try it again.

If still bad review the troubleshooting guide to determine what is causing your issues.
Tony & Lori
1989 Country Coach Savannah SE
TQ60 is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
onan emerald III question vegas39 Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 7 07-28-2012 05:21 AM
How do I remove the Onan generator? (Emerald III/Gasoline) mrtinker RV Systems & Appliances 15 09-06-2011 08:38 PM
Onan Emerald III Genset No Start wiredla1 Class A Motorhome Discussions 2 06-13-2011 07:30 AM
nhe spec-a onan 6.5 emerald III wiring problems thumbless MH-General Discussions & Problems 4 04-11-2007 12:00 AM
nhe spec-a onan 6.5 emerald III wiring problems New Member Check-In 4 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.