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Old 10-14-2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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Generator starts when I try and power the chassis...?

So we purchased a 1993 Newmar Kountry Aire from a lady who's husband died a few weeks ago after falling off the roof trying to pressure wash it. It had not been driven in years but after hearing the story we had to get it out of there for them and now I have this RV which needs a little TLC before I'd sell it to someone else.

My main problem is that after changing the batteries from a 6v config to 12v anytime I try and turn on the chassis power the generator fires up. I have no clue as to why. One reason we changed it is because on the inside display when you would check status on either the coach or chassis battery it would show less than 6v.

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Old 10-14-2014, 11:41 AM   #2
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That only means the batteries were low, they had self discharged.. When you changed from six to 12 volt (Generally a bad idea) are you sure you wired them properly?

One possible issue.. Many coaches have a device called an automatic generator start.. ON SOME coaches the generator starts off the chassis battery (usually a single 12 volt battery) on others off the house (Which may a six volt pair (NOTE: this pair *IS* a 12 volt battery) or one or more 12 volt batteries.. IF the AGS senses low voltage, it starts the generator.

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Old 10-14-2014, 11:49 AM   #3
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Get a meter and get us some pictures and I'm sure someone will be able to help. Good luck with your new coach. You'll figure it out!
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