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Old 08-17-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Red face Two?'s Hydraulic Jack Cylinder & Onan Genny

Think I have a blown cylinder. 3 retracted. Had to apply pressure on manual to retract 4th. On inspection saw fuild along side of cylinder. Can I remove and take for repair? unit just pruchased 29K+ miles - 2005 GBoy Landau. All operated on PDI. Used twice after purchased. Not coverReally not positioned to $$ to repalce all 4. Any experience with tools needed to remove?

Onan Genny was serviced by seller/dealer, ran fine on PDI. We used w/incident for hour+ during a weekend outing. On departure day genny unit would turn over, but would not start. Even after reading manual troubleshooting chart can't determine possible causes. Any thoughts/suggestions before resorting to having unit serviced again.
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First try cleaning the cylinder of the jack that did not retract and re-test. If you were at or below 1/4 tank of fuel the pick up for the generator is above this level and no fuel is getting to it. This is to keep you from stranding yourself in the boonies.
Let us know what you find and we can go from there.
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HWH can refurb their jacks. On the Onan did you prime prior to start? Push "off" side of rocker switch until light flashes then hold rocker switch to 'On" for a few seconds. Besides a low fuel tank mentioned I would check to make sure the new fuel filter/s connections (you did say it was just serviced) are still tight.
Also try starting you RV engine first, then the gen, once from the remote start button and again from the start button on the gen. This will tell you more about what may be the cause. BTH, HWH advised me to only run the jacks, up and down ,with the engine running to be sure they got sufficient power. Good Luck
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Thanks Mike. Will follow thru and respond. I know we have 3/4 tank of fuel.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:45 PM   #5
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Thanks Rocky. Will follow through on starting engine guidance. Did not see such in manual TS guidance.

At Dealer we were told engine did not have to be on to work jacks. We were in camp site after purchase to test everything again and all went well. Same when we encountered this situation. Nevertheless, I am appreciative of the sharing by others w/much more experience/knowledge. We are just getting back to this after many yrs (70s - none of this fancy stuff on our Class C)

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Two ?s

RV Wizard, turned out the Jack cleaning (we did all of them - former owner and dealer seller apparently never did) and getting batteries fully charged was the answer. Thanks.


Rocky, Genny issue came down to low house battery charge. I have learned a ton about that pretty little genny and how to nuture that little lady and her battery friends since we last communicated. Thanks.
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I am glad it was a simple issue. Thank you for the update.
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Two ?s

We had an excellent Labor Day "dry camping" day on our NNK, VA property. A great training session for future ventures where we are no connected to shore power. I journaled the entire weekend in terms of using the genny, loads (alternating) and understanding its "powering" up the Aux batts. Put into practice the reading and shared advice.

Oh, thinking of installing and AGS. Any advice/suggestions? I have found a couple and I think it would be a good addition.

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RV Wiz - you recommended cleaning the cylinders . . .I'm sure you didn't mean to polish the exterior, did you? Does this mean to dump all the fluid & refill? I like the idea of cleaning, but please 'splain how you do it, OK?
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