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Old 02-05-2016, 09:19 AM   #15
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Another issue appeared this morning when the generator wouldn't start. It fires up and then dies after running about three seconds. The low oil warning light is not flashing.
That happened to me a couple of years ago. The generator's voltage regulator was fried. Literally. The Onan dealer showed me the old one, and it had scorch marks on it.

While I had the generator in the shop to get that fixed, I had them install a resonator on the generator's exhaust pipe. Quieted things down quite a bit. At least from outside. It still sounds the same from inside, but that's because a resonator only quiets the exhaust, and does nothing for generator vibration, which is a major source of interior noise while the generator is running.

In a pinch, you should be able to charge the house batteries from the engine alternator, but you have to drive the van around for that to work; just idling won't do much.
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:31 AM   #16
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Thanks gmiller, I believe your analysis and suggestions may be the solution to my charger problem. However it is beyond my ability to carry out those procedures. I am in the process of contacting Orlando RV to set up a service appointment and will share your notes with them.
Another issue appeared this morning when the generator wouldn't start. It fires up and then dies after running about three seconds. The low oil warning light is not flashing.
So now I have further discharged the battery and have no place to plug in to recharge it.
Well, you can tell them how to fix it, then!

As for the genset, make sure there is propane available. Check to see if you can light (and stay lit for a minute or two as there is some gas under pressure in the line) the stove. If not, then it's not getting any gas. Check the switch to be the valve is turned on, and check the level of the propane. If the switch is on, and the meter shows you have plenty, then it could be something as minor as something in the line (I also had that problem at one time, or serious, as Progag mentioned. I don't know how many times, I've started mine, only to have it die in a few seconds, before I realized I did not turn on the switch to the solenoid valve. You can take it to a propane shop and they can check the lines for you. If it's not that, you will have to find a Onan dealer near you to troubleshoot and repair it.
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