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Old 03-05-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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Generator wont start

2000 Tradwinds, model 7373. This is kinda a stupid question but i am going to ask it anyway. My Generator will not start it just clicks. I have 4 house batteries and two 12 volt batteries for starting what. The motor starts fine, but the generator will not start. Does the 12 volt batteries start the cat motor and the generator. I figured the motor and generator started with the same batteries, or does the generator have its own battery. I know to hold the start button until it starts, i did that and when it usually starts it now just makes a click and that is it. The MH has two solar panels on the top and if they keep the 12 volt batteries charged they can get no sun because i keep it covered all winter.
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The generator uses the house batteries. The cat motor uses a separate battery. After you start your motor then try to start generator.
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You need to determine if you have charged house batteries, check the voltage. Then check your connections. Low house batt voltage or bad connections would be my first check. If those two are fine, look at your gen starter circuit.

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I have a 7390 LTC with the 7.5 Generac and sometimes it seems as if the house batteries are bad and won't turn the gennie over even with the battery boost. But then a while later it just may kick it right over. It does this even when the batteries show a full charge and are good on water. If I start the diesel and let it run for 10 minutes or so,then usually the gennie will kick right over.
I have no easy answer for you,except that on most motorhomes, the accessories seem to have a mind of their own and work if they want to.
Now, if I could easily get rid of the belt squeal,I would be happy.
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On your dash close to the gen start switch should be another switch that is marked START BOOST hit that and it should kick in your chassis batteries to start the genny. My 2001 has it, I'm thinking yours should too.
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And if those suggestions fail, check your ground connections and positive side cables connections at the generator. The most common problem with 12 volt systems are at the connections
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And if those suggestions fail, check your ground connections and positive side cables connections at the generator. The most common problem with 12 volt systems are at the connections
AND - if that doesn't work, check your starter solenoid on the generator (for clean, tight connections and if the solenoid is good itself). There are easy ways to check the solenoid - but I can't help you there.
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To all who replied to my generator start problem. I let the engine run for 10 minutes and the generator started as it always had. It looks as if i have no problem after all. To all who replied to my surmised problem i say THANK YOU. Rivrduk
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Glad you are back up and running.

I would still check the actual condition of your house batteries and also for loose or dirty ground. These things never get better and sooner or later you will not be able to start the generator.
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I had the 4 house batteries checked and they were fully charged as i keep it plugged in all during the off season, and keep them well watered. Just a mystery to me? Rivrduk
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I had the 4 house batteries checked and they were fully charged as i keep it plugged in all during the off season, and keep them well watered. Just a mystery to me? Rivrduk

Glad to hear you are OK, mystery to me too.
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