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Check the settings in your gen controller to make sure it is not set to auto-shutoff when the batteries reach a certain state of charge. (on my Coach the settings are made through the Xantrex (Inverter/Charger) panel.
So, for example, if the programmed setup is to start generator automatically when battery voltage drops to 12.0 and then shutoff automatically when batteries reach 12.6V, it may be that batteries are already over 12.6 so once generator is manually started it reads battery voltage and then auto shuts off.
Check your manual and find the procedure to recover the blink codes. I can recover my blink codes by pressing the STOP switch 3 times within 5 seconds. It will then go through a sequence of blink codes. Once you get the codes you can check what they mean. Without these there could be a number of causes.
How many hours on the generator???
2002 Monaco Windsor 38 PKD Cummins ISC 350 8.3L
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/5.7 Hemi