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Old 06-27-2011, 12:57 AM   #1
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Ok so I'm in front of our home spending the first night in mh. Generator won't start....not sure why? Onan? And fridge won't seem to chill. Wondering if it will need hours? Scared I made a mistake. Should I have bought a trailer?
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:37 AM   #2
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Ok so I'm in front of our home spending the first night in mh. Generator won't start....not sure why? Onan? And fridge won't seem to chill. Wondering if it will need hours? Scared I made a mistake. Should I have bought a trailer?
The generators and refrigerators installed in trailers are the same ones installed in motorhomes. It would make no difference. A defective generator or refrigerator is not going to work no matter what it's installed in.

If you made a mistake it's not in the type of RV you bought, it's in failing to test all the systems before buying it.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:31 AM   #3
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Fridge will not work if this is no 12v power to the coach. Likewise, generator will not start without 12v. Good idea though, learn how to use stuff before you start on a real trip.
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Does your genny turn over and not start or no cranking or anything? Try he fridge on propane. Do you know to operate the fridge?
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:07 AM   #5
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The fridge will take a few hours to cool, but if after 7 or 8 hours it doesn't you may have a problem. The generator could be an easy fix (remember it won't run if the fuel tank is below a 1/4) and my just need a tune up. Don't get frustrated after all it's you first night ! There's plenty of help right here, just ask away ....
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:24 AM   #6
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As the previous posters have said, give your fridge several hours to cool down before panicking. Assuming you have the rig plugged in, make sure that your fridge selector is on AC and not gas

You said you parked it in front of the house; is the rig level? The fridge needs to be level to function properly.

About the genny; did the original owner run it for you or have you never heard it run?
If you can tell us what's happening (won't turn over; turns over but won't fire, etc) someone here can probably help you. Onan still has manuals and parts available for the older units.
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Yes, we checked that everything ran before our purchase. Rig is not level, we are not plugged into 30 amp and that is most likely the problem. Wow! Thanks everyone!
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bought my first mh in dec 2010 gen did not run had to replace fuel tank and pickup rebuilt carb and installed a switch to run fuel pump to prime system with spinning the starter excessively, way to expensive to over use, so worst case isn't to bad to repair, you can down load manuals of the net. the fridge works part time on 120 volt but like a champ on propane so we ran it on propane on vacation, i will fix the ac part this winter, but it will take overnight to get cold. so if ac doesn't work give the propane a shot. everything is fixable and if you do a little leg work parts are available and not to bad priced. you can do most repairs you self and save a fortune.
this is a good group to ask for help/advice saved me alot of headaches with mine

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First do not operate the frig if it is not reasonably level. Good way to ruin it.

next get an RV savy friend to help you out.

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Ok camping for fourth in resort near home. Also bought good SAMs club rv road protection for 80$ for the year (just in case we need a tow). Fridge works only on gas. Generator worked great, oven won't light but stove top was fine. Heater not consistently working and I'm making my list. Thanks for all your help. My husband was amazed at how much I knew!
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If you know more about RV keep hubby away
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The road service is a great idea; many folks like Coach-Net, we still have our AAA RV that we've had for years.

Where are you at that you need a heater this weekend ??!!!
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Ha! Hubbub got good and schooled this weekend! He's golden now! Anyway we didn't need the heater it just came on! We are planning a trip to Ca from Wa on the 16th. I was Wondering if any of you are around the north end of Wa could give a recommendation for tune up repair men/ places?
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Brazels RV in Centralia is very well regarded.
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