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Old 01-08-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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On board generator problem

Hi all, My buddy Lyle and his wife had to stay in their rv after the Sandy storm, and all was good, Till he had to move the rig.

I will try to be specific. its a 2001 Jayco 261-p on the ford 10 cyl chassis,
has a Genrac genny, OH class c-rv. He was just a little over 1/4 tank of gas when he needed to move the rig, genny had been running fine for 2 days!, Moved about 40 feet , and when he stopped the genny shut down. OK He knows it has a low fule shutoff and we figure the gas guage went under 1/4 when he stopped the rig. problem is the genny wont restart, he added gas to his tank up to 1/2 tank now , and still nothing.
Ive been questioning him about the symptoms. Lyle says there is NO power 12 volt at all the fule pump wont click up on the prime button and the crank dosnt work either, He installed a brand new battery, but still no power???, He said he checked every breaker and 12/volt fuse he could find?. Anyone have any ideas,like is there a reset button or something?? Thanks for any help Poppajon
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Was the new battery for the house or the chassis? The generator usually runs off of the house battery.

Most RV's have a 12 volt shut off switch close to the door that will shut off all power to the house 12 volt system.

Hopefully somebody with a Class C coach will jump in with more info.

Good Luck,
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Jfran, I just talked to Lyle , He said he didnt know he had a house battery OMG I LMAO and said ya better start looking, he didnt even get owners manuals andhe boughtb it from a deaLER IN NJ OMG my buddy is a trip .
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Usually, there is a fusible link to the solenoid giving power to start and run the generator. We blew ours once and the generator was completely dead until we replaced it.
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Can he start the engine on his motor home?

Once the engine is running, try starting the generator.
There is also fuses and breakers on the generator itself, check to see if any have popped.
Also when the engine is running the alternator charges both the house and chassis batteries.
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Tell Lyle to contact Jayco and they might be able to furnish him manuals.

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If nothing else they can tell him where the closest service center is.

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Thank you all for your feedback I will let my buddy know the info poppajon.
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If the gas dropped below the generator uptake tube it may be he has a line full of air, It can be very hard to start the generator if that happens.

If the generator does not even turn over you have a battery disconnect issue or a dead battery, On most motor homes (not all) the generator is a "HOUSE" item, on some it hooks to the chassis and a very few have a 3rd "Generator" battery.

Make sure the proper battery is charged and "Active" (Connected)
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