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Old 12-02-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Generac no workie

Hey, all. A newbie without a cluebie here. (Nah, tain't all that bad: been ridin' in our first unit for 2 1/2 yrs., used to build multimil homes with lots of unique and deep issues related to their const., and I've owned a 'handyman' business... but, then, I do have a goofy brain disease [CTE] that has made things a bit weird, yet I still find ways to seem functional...)

I just spent the last of summer and early fall getting the unit spruced up (monied up) in preparation for my and mama's full-timinit comforts (and over an expected colder than usual winter). O.K., so a bunch of it was 'foo-foo' stuff (but, hey, just a bunch).

Anyhoo, 2 days ago I went to cycle/run my Generac GN480 Q55-G genie (15 y.o. and w/ 560 hrs.) for the first time in three months (we're now doin our first RV park thing fer a while)...and, as surprises go, I noted (OK, along with a mild expletive), that although the unit ran fine (with the synthetic oil I recently put in lettin' er spin), it wasn't putting out AC power.

New normal has me looking at a more education and a possible rebuild by me (remember, a 'bit' clueless). That's OK, RV life's like that; and it's a very worthwhile challenge each time I delve...

I have come to appreciate this site (even read the 'history' of it this am) and feel good posing to you all:

-I read online where a guy suggested to let the generator run a good bit unloaded to see if it would 'shake' itself into submission. It worked. (After last months comment by mama that "maybe the horizontal propane tank OPD valve 'fixed itself'; I scoffed: "...wouldn't need replacement parts or mechanics"; and, she was right.
-Gotta call into Generac, but, I can, at times, be impatient for answers, at times...
-I am all ears and at this point!
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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Have you checked the breakers on the Gen ?
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:09 AM   #3
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Like previous post, check breakers on gen. As it is a 5500, it will have two. You didn't tell us what make and year MH you have. That being said, some older models require you to plug the shore power cord into an outlet from the gen. These older models may not have an automatic transfer switch. Also check all breakers including the main on your house electrical panel.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #4
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genie no workie

Hello-
Well, we have a '97 Rexhall Aerbus with 27,000 miles on it. I 'checked' both sets of breakers (inside and 20/30 on the generator), if that only means to cycle them off/on. I realize now that I may have had the shore power on when I fired the genie. Don't know if that would affect...but, then, why under that condition why did I have no power? Maybe wrong. I am gonna wait 'til my neighbors are all woked up...and the temps rise a smidge to run it w/o the shore power (for sure).

Oh ya, I guess I'll define for myself and online about 'automatic transfer switch' (Neanderthal, remember...if I could access 10% of what I knew...).

Heads up, Friends, this Arctic blast of a cold front that has been building up here along the west coast... it's here and coold an gettin' cooolder (not moving too fast). Forecasts says we'll see a low of 14 degrees Sunday am.
(It's way too early for that here in Mendocino County.)

Personally, after seeing the number of acorns, their size, and when they started falling: I'm going to do what the Farmer's Almanac says regarding the season ahead and "keep the snow shovel out every week". It will snow here...OK not like Illinois...more like Florida snow, I guess.

Anyoo, thanks, all. Have fun and be safe!
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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I don't know if it was the running of it, mama's wishin' it so or the possibility of a built in protection (part of inverter?) that cuts off AC power when both shore power and genie running at the same time...but I have it now.
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