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Old 10-30-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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We have a 1997 Damon Hornet (just bought it two days ago...our first!). The batteries that start the generator must be low because it will only turn on if I start the engine. After that, it will run fine on its own. When I turn the generator off(after about half an hour), all power is gone. Is this supposed to happen? Are my batteries gone or going...or do I just need to go on a long ride to get them charged up? Any advice appreciated.
I'll save my propane fridge question for later (hint: nothing happens when I switch to propane).

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Old 10-30-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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Welcome, If you think it is your battery you can get a gravity test meter from Auto Zone for $4.99. if your battery is a wet cell. If it is a dry cell about $9.95. I carry one because I was in Florida and gererator would not start. It was the battery.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:41 PM   #3
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Sounds like battery. How old are the Batteries? Since you have no history of the care the batteries have had, suggest to get them all checked. Specific gravity and load test will provide some insight into their condition.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:52 PM   #4
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We're going for a good drive tomorrow. We'll see if the battery charges and holds the charge.
p.s.-solved the propane fridge issue (by flipping the battery switch on the wall...Duh)
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