Originally Posted by JR123
They were using the generator, the heat was on. They had gone to bed. Heard a loud pop and the coach filled up with smoke. They ran out. This morning no power and the generator wouldn't start.
need more details:
- did the generator stop on it's own, or did THEY turn it off?
- the 'heat'... meaning the propane furnace?
- 'heard a loud pop'... when? right after going to bed, or being woke by it sometime during the night/early morning?
- 'loud pop'... from the generator area? or near the breaker panel?
- 'filled with smoke'.... really 'filled', or really just 'some' smoke? what 'kind' of smoke ... burnt wires 'smoke'(rubber smell)? burnt wood 'smoke'?
... Gas generator, or diesel? if the generator wouldn't start, it could be that the House battery(s) are too low. There may be a 'Aux' or 'Emergency Start' switch that ties both the House AND Chassis battery(s) together to help start the generator.
... check the breaker on the Generator itself, it could also be tripped.
... check the main breaker in the breaker box
a loud 'pop' and loss of power could be the result of an 'arc' due to wires crossing/burnt/overloaded circuit and a tripped breaker... or it could have been the Converter blowing a fuse in conjunction with low House batteries not 'really' being charged by the generator/charger if the generator breaker had tripped. It's a common problem when the generator breaker trips - you really may not realize it, so the generator is running, but not providing any Charging to the batteries - all the while the Inverter is still in use, running down the batteries, along with the Furnace fan running as well. When the House batteries reach a critical state, a fuse could have 'popped', and everything may have lost power, though the generator may even still be running. If it was then shut down, it may then not have had enough House battery volts to restart it.