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Old 09-23-2016, 01:05 AM   #1
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I wanted to introduce myself to this forum and settle in. As the title says we just started RV'ing since my recent retirement and this is our first RV or any type. We just obtained a 2014 25 ft Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher (Ford E450). Wasn't planning on buying one but a situation turned up so we jumped in and made the purchase. I just completed my second retirement (22 Army and 27 Boeing). Wife still works from home so we still have somewhat of a tether of sorts…we’re learning as we go reading and talking with folks…so excuse me if I ask some basic questions. The previous owner, (my best friend who I served in Vietnam) failed to start the generator monthly. So I’m trying every trick I’ve read or seen on YouTube video regarding the Onan 4000 generator to get it started L…phew learning a lot right out of the gate. Does anyone know the weight restrictions for the top roof of the RV? I would like to inspect and/or clean it but don’t want to damage the roof…I see guys on YouTube walking around bigger ones but not sure about this one..If you know I would appreciate a response. If I can help you please let me know.
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Not sure why you don't think you can walk on it. It looks like it is a TPO roof which is walkable.
http://fleetwoodrv.com/resources/med...32_brc_pdf.pdf

Regarding the gene. If it hasn't been run regularly the carb is know to be the problem. The gas can also be old. If it is the carb chances are it needs to be replaced.

Let us know what it turns out to be.
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Generator/Gas

Well we did pick this RV up in Bose ID and drove to Seattle and been to the coast. So I've burned through about 4 tank full of gas, but have never ran generator. I find that it should be excerised monthly and with a half load for 5+min. That was not done by last owner...it cranks but will not fire...I sprayed Seafoam into the throate and she fired up but only ran until the Seafoam burned out. So i guess I need to pull fuel line and see if the pump is working and trouble shoot from there...dang!!! I was hoping the seafoam would clean it up enough to keep running.Sure don't want to replace,it's (as you know) real thight in there to move around..
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Running 4 tanks of gas through the RV engine will not replace the old fuel stored in the generator's separate fuel tank...if it has one. So is there a separate generator fuel tank? I would start by replacing the fuel filter on the generator and replace the oil and oil filter and air filter while you are at it.

If the generator still doesn't start then the carb could be gummed up. Good luck and keep us posted on what you find.
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Well we did pick this RV up in Bose ID and drove to Seattle and been to the coast. So I've burned through about 4 tank full of gas, but have never ran generator. I find that it should be excerised monthly and with a half load for 5+min. That was not done by last owner...it cranks but will not fire...I sprayed Seafoam into the throate and she fired up but only ran until the Seafoam burned out. So i guess I need to pull fuel line and see if the pump is working and trouble shoot from there...dang!!! I was hoping the seafoam would clean it up enough to keep running.Sure don't want to replace,it's (as you know) real thight in there to move around..
If it has a carb, pull the float bowl off and clean the jet - that's the quickest fix as it most likely has varnished. If its really bad and still doesn't start, then you can start pulling fuel lines and checking the pump.
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If it has a carb, pull the float bowl off and clean the jet - that's the quickest fix as it most likely has varnished. If its really bad and still doesn't start, then you can start pulling fuel lines and checking the pump.
X2 ^^ Float bowl will be gummed up along with needle valve. Old gas setting in fuel line going back towards tank may need to be flushed out.
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