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Old 03-11-2019, 10:08 PM   #1
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Generator Repair Cost Question

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I'm looking at a 2000 Zanzibar DP that currently has a generator that won't run. He had some work done on the engine and asked them to check it out. They hooked it up to an outside power source and it worked. The issue, apparently is that the gen doesn't get power from the batteries. This shop didn't do electrical work so that's as far as it went.

If I drive it and like it, I'll have a PPI done but am wondering what I should budget and/or adjust my offer to repair this. I realize it could be an inexpensive fix or a costly one but if you have even a price range from low to high, I'd really appreciate it.

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When mine wouldn't start the tech found a broken wire in the loom and bypassed it. No charge since I bought the rig there. I love free!
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My kind of tech, Mr. D. :-) Hard to beat free.
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Hi,

I'm looking at a 2000 Zanzibar DP that currently has a generator that won't run. He had some work done on the engine and asked them to check it out. They hooked it up to an outside power source and it worked. The issue, apparently is that the gen doesn't get power from the batteries. This shop didn't do electrical work so that's as far as it went.

If I drive it and like it, I'll have a PPI done but am wondering what I should budget and/or adjust my offer to repair this. I realize it could be an inexpensive fix or a costly one but if you have even a price range from low to high, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Bill
If that's the only issue with the coach, I would be inclined to get an offer accepted that stipulated the generator was running. That way you take the risk out of it.

It could be sometime as simple as battery post corrosion, or something much more expensive.
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If the generator runs, getting battery power to it to start it shouldn't be that big of an issue. I assume from the general description that it is a private sale. The price you agree on should reflect the general condition of the coach, including the defect with the wiring.

BTW, I wouldn't buy it without seeing it run, and I mean really run. Hook it up to a 12V battery with jumper cables and start it.
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This guy is in a small town in East TX and apparently didn't care about not having a generator and the last time he had it in the shop they didn't do electrical work. Might be total BS but he's also priced it at $18k. There definitely are techs in his area that do electrical work.

https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/200...-40-5004530144

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Is the generator diesel or propane -- The Zanzbar was at the low end of the Safari line & made on a Magnum chassis, so it may not have air bags & a propane generator -- We owned a 1996 Safari & it was the ride was very rough --Do alot investigating before considering this coach -- Bill Willard
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William, it's the 6.3 KW Onan Emerald LPG Generator. The seller is slow to respond and, yeah, it's a private seller. He's kind of slow to respond and I'm probably going to just keep looking.
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My kind of tech, Mr. D. :-) Hard to beat free.
True.
When he got it cranking and running he said it was slow cranking so he did something and told me I wouldn't have any slow cranking now
No idea what he changed and I've never been able to find out either. Maybe changed from the house (1020 amp hour AGM house) batteries to starting (4 - 925 CCA).
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