Originally Posted by Brushhog
This is my first camper and have no knowledge of camper stuff. It was just in for service and everything worked great according to the shop, now that it's home I tried to start up the on board generator and it sounds like the batteries are dead. My question is how I can get it started and once started will the generator recharge the batteries?
A couple of thoughts come to mind. CAVEAT: I have only owned boats, pop-ups, and a-frames. None of these had a separate generator, so my knowledge of how things work on your camper is generic only.
1. Why didn't the tow vehicle charge the battery on the way home? Was the battery disconnected while work was being done, and never reconnected? Is the battery cut-off switch in the correct position?
2. To get the generator started, recharge the batteries using a battery charger, or use jumper cables.
3. If things are working correctly (switches could be left in the wrong position from the work performed, and there could be failures), the generator should recharge the batteries once running.
4. If the battery(ies) were completely discharged, they might not be recoverable. A place that sells batteries can run a check for you.
You will probably want to learn how your 12V system in your camper works - at least somewhat. Learning by buying replacement batteries is an expensive way to go.
just my thoughts