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Old 09-07-2016, 01:26 PM   #1
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Starting the Generator

Please don't laugh! We just got our 2003 Class A GEORGETOWN 2 weeks ago. Brought it home, parked it, wanted to go out and clean it yesterday and can't remember how to start the generator. Can someone help me??
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:52 PM   #2
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I would imagine listing what Class A you have and what generator is in it might help.
Being new to motor homes, unless it is a class C and a new onan generator, I can't help. But, someone will if you tell them what you have.
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Old 09-07-2016, 02:06 PM   #3
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Push the start/stop rocker switch to off (bottom side) and wait 5 seconds. Then push it to start (upper side) and wait for the generator to spin up and the light in the switch to stay on. Wait 15 seconds and then you should have power.

That is if you have an Onan/cummins and an automatic transfer switch.
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Old 09-07-2016, 02:42 PM   #4
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I know this sounds stupid but there are so many buttons, I don't know which one is which. Should I take a picture?
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Old 09-07-2016, 02:48 PM   #5
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Probably, should say Gen or have a lightening bolt.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:28 PM   #6
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Just for clarity, pushing the Stop side of the switch will prime the cold generator (gas). Once it's warm, you can try just pushing the side for Start. If it's diesel, you'll hear some clicking for several seconds as it primes, then it will start up.


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Old 09-07-2016, 08:17 PM   #7
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On my 4k, I press and hold the STOP button to prime it. (This causes the fuel pump to run)

Depending on temperature I may hold it as long as 15 seconds.

The press and hold the START button, it should crank and then start. Don't let it crsnk for more then 10 - 15 seconds.

NOTE - I replaced my air filter, fuel filter, installed a new fuel pump, and spark plug, asnd mine cranks right up.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:02 AM   #8
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Is the generator connected to the battery in anyway? Can you tell how new I am to this? 😕 Thanks everyone for helping not criticizing me.
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:21 PM   #9
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Yes, Your generator needs 12 volts to start and run. However, it seems different coach manufactures wire the genny differently. Some will wire it so the genny starter (and 12 volts) comes from the chassis 12 volt battery, some wire it so this comes from the coach battery.

A little trick to remember:

Most MHs have some type of "EMERGENCY START" button. Its intent is if you accidentally run down your chassis battery, this switch ties your coach battery to your chassis battery for as long as you hold the switch/button.

AND - this can work the other way around, If your coach battery is dead and your generator gets its power from the coach battery, just hold the EMERGENCY STAR button down while you attempt to start the genny.
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Ok, I have start the MH, cold primed and pushed the button with the lightning bolt, it just clicks. I held the emergency battery button down and pushed the start button on the generator, again it only clicks. Which batteries do I check to see if they need to be replaced? The coach starts just fine. Thanks everyone.
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