Originally Posted by Fkaske
we just got our 2016 Berkshire XL 40BH 380 HP out of winter storage. I have run the engine during the trip home and plugged the shore power into the 50 amp breaker at the house. I hear the inverter running and I can see the house batteries are being charged. The chassis batteries are full and will start the engine. When I try to start the generator I hear a chattering sound comming from the generator. So my question is this. Is it bad batteries? a bad connection at the generator? or a faulty generator starter? The coach is just a year old should I take it to Freightliner and have them clear it and make repairs? Any suggestions? Thanks Guys.
So here is what I found out about my generator, Or I should say the boys at Cummins Npower found. My batteries are all good. The connections are all good. The cable connections at the generator starter is good. The chattering noise I heard was the generator fuel pump. My unit had been in storage for 5 months. During that time I was unable to get to the unit to start the generator.
So what happened is the fuel in the line drained back into the fuel tank. The pump was pumping but I did not let it run for a long enough period of time, because I thought it was an electrical problem and didnt want to burn anything up. So all they did was hold the preheat button down until the light in the switch was on steady the pushed the start button and away it went.
Boys I feel like a fool for having a problem that was so easily rectified. In the future I will make sure to go to my coach and exercise the generator.
Also FIY you need to run the generator at least 25 hrs every year to keep the warranty active.