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Old 07-12-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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I just have one question about my generator on the 2015 Berk 400QL, its the 10k . When i start in the morning cold it clicks like the battery is dead. Then I turn on the motor it cranks like a big dog i let it run a few minutes and then try gen it rolls over and starts a little rough but secs latter is purring. Is that normal?? It njust makes me so nervous that I am going to be on the road with a dead generator and I leave for Cali next week. Thank you All in advance.
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Old 07-12-2015, 03:42 PM   #2
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How long are you holding down the switch? Think it is nomal for about 20 seconds until it gets primed and kicks on and a bit longer when cold out.
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Old 07-12-2015, 03:51 PM   #3
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well i was holding it down on gen rocker switch in cockpit, the lite would flash of and on then stop. I think i may have Automobile syndrome thinking ill ruin the starter. because when light would go out i stopped. That might be my problem right there. whew and I thought getting a P3 Orion airborne was tough LOL
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:17 PM   #4
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You can start it from the generator itself .That way you can you can here what is really happening.
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:21 PM   #5
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Normal glow plug has to heat primer has to run fuel pump pressure has to build mine takes about 30 seconds when cold starting.
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:39 PM   #6
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The clicking is the fuel pump priming or the glow plugs.
Just hold it and let it click for 10-30 seconds and the starter will kick in.

ETA: holding down (i think down) is just priming only and will not start.
Holding it up will prime for a while, then the starter will kick over.
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:46 PM   #7
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Wait a minute. You have a 10K gen?
I'm jealous.
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Old 07-12-2015, 05:30 PM   #8
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I guess I was just afraid of breaking it, but from my farming day diesels were Almost unbreakable. So Im gonna hold that switch just a bit longer
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:45 PM   #9
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Wait a minute. You have a 10K gen?
I'm jealous.

Yea, what' up with that? Was it a special order?
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Yea, what' up with that? Was it a special order?
Must have been. I have the same coach (2015 400QL) and 8k is standard.
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:07 PM   #11
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Yes sorry my bad , I listened to dealer, but it's an 8 k sorry
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I know that my Genset runs with fairly heavy oil. Cold weather starts can sometimes be a little rough initially. If it looks like a little extra juice is needed on the start I will often link in the chassis batteries. This never fails to put it over the top
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:12 AM   #13
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I have an 8k and the oil is 15W40 as recommended by Onan. 3 qt so with filter change. A real work horse too.
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Ya most generally don't want to listen to the dealer!! I just hold in on the top of the rocker switch till it starts. Will click for awhile. Then starts. Yes it's just a bit ruff running for the first 20 or so seconds.

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Old 07-23-2015, 03:09 PM   #15
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Hey Thanks Cat , are you a traveler RN by chance? Just wondering because I just started as a traveler RN!
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No registered nurse here--- I am a farmer this---CAT tractors--RN my first and last name

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