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Old 04-12-2014, 06:00 PM   #11
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I would not recommend priming for 2 minutes. I've never had my light go out when priming. When the engine is not running the pump has the power to push fuel past the needle and seat in the carb causing you to flood the engine and making it even harder to start. Unless Onan has changed in the last few years the starter gear is plastic and will wear down over time. Depending on the temp you may not need to prime. I never primed mine in the warm months, I would crank it for a few seconds, stop, then hit it again and it fired right up.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:16 PM   #12
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Here you go guys. Started mine today for maintenance. Press prime, thousand one, thousand two, thousand three, red light off, press prime, thousand one, thousand two, thousand three, red light goes off, press start, Genny starts and runs smooth.. Warm up time 5 min. Turn on AC, unit stumbles for a bit than picks up and runs smooth. Ran for 40min under load. Let cool down for about 5 minutes without load. Turned genny off.
I did use fuel stabilizer in over winter but have been camping this season. I have 34 hours on the genny and as stated earlier, had the fuel pump replaced last year, under Onan warranty
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:40 AM   #13
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Interesting that your light goes out after only a few seconds, and some don't go out at all. I can hear my pump running while I prime the system, so I know it is working. I have been running mine on a daily basis since I started this thread, we are getting ready for our first trip of the season, and it is starting up quicker than it did during the winter on a monthly basis. Weather here is warmer now, so a combination of that and only running it monthly had to be the issue. Winter was cold as he!! here this year, I should have been running it more often, lesson learned!
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:14 AM   #14
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Also important to run under load. I let my air conditioner run
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:16 PM   #15
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Interesting that your light goes out after only a few seconds, and some don't go out at all. I can hear my pump running while I prime the system, so I know it is working. I have been running mine on a daily basis since I started this thread, we are getting ready for our first trip of the season, and it is starting up quicker than it did during the winter on a monthly basis. Weather here is warmer now, so a combination of that and only running it monthly had to be the issue. Winter was cold as he!! here this year, I should have been running it more often, lesson learned!

Did you put fuel stabilizer in the fuel tank, top it off, run the genny and than store? I believe this is a must to keep water, gum, rust from forming. I do not use my RV after end of November till the end of march. But I do give it attention, include running the genny.
I have been toying with putting in a fuel cutoff valve. I could just run the fuel out, like I do with my bike. Anyone done this yet?
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Did you put fuel stabilizer in the fuel tank, top it off, run the genny and than store? I believe this is a must to keep water, gum, rust from forming. I do not use my RV after end of November till the end of march. But I do give it attention, include running the genny.
I have been toying with putting in a fuel cutoff valve. I could just run the fuel out, like I do with my bike. Anyone done this yet?
There should be no need for stabilizer. I never used it. The generator should be started and exercised every couple of weeks even in storage.
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Did you put fuel stabilizer in the fuel tank, top it off, run the genny and than store? I believe this is a must to keep water, gum, rust from forming. I do not use my RV after end of November till the end of march. But I do give it attention, include running the genny.
I have been toying with putting in a fuel cutoff valve. I could just run the fuel out, like I do with my bike. Anyone done this yet?
To be honest, I have never used stabilizer in any of my toys. Bike, fuel cutoff valve and ran dry, same with my snowmobile and ZTR mower. Never had any problems starting any of them when the time came. Your mention of a cutoff valve is a good idea. I haven't taken a look at the fuel line coming in, but shouldn't be too hard to plumb in a small valve. I'll be looking at that at the end of the season.
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Not meaning to steal this thread. Gen on a Coach is new to us. I see on the switch that prime is in the "Stop" position. I assume when priming we hold the switch in the stop mode for 20 seconds then go to start in order to fire up the Gen? Also is this done each time you start it or only on cold starts.

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The switch is dual purpose. To start, hold switch to prime until light comes on. Then press start and hold until generator starts. Don't hold too long (20 seconds?). If generator doesn't start, re-prime and start again.

Prime each time you start.

To stop running generator, momentarily hold switch toward stop/prime.
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The switch is dual purpose. To start, hold switch to prime until light comes on. Then press start and hold until generator starts. Don't hold too long (20 seconds?). If generator doesn't start, re-prime and start again.

Prime each time you start.

To stop running generator, momentarily hold switch toward stop/prime.

Simple enough... Thanks RvBill..
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