Tips for Troubleshooting RV Generator Problems

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Driving down the road looking for a place to stop off and camp as the pine trees fly by and the views keep coming like a rolodex of photographs.  This is what summer vacation is all about.  It’s about getting out there and seeing the country side and what better way to do that than from an RV?  You can drive your campsite around with you in search of that perfect spot right by the lake or you can map out days or weeks ahead of time the camp ground that you want to stay in.  Either way, the best way for an RVer to enjoy the outdoors is by purchasing and using an RV generator.

RV generators can make all the difference.  From giving enough power to light the campsite at night to running an electric skillet for pancakes and eggs in the morning, nothing quite completes a campout like having a genset standing by to run just about anything when needed.  But sometimes a generator unit might have some hiccups that need to be fixed even on the road and even though the unit may have been properly maintained all year long.

Most generators will operate and perform in a reliable fashion without any difficulties, but if trouble does happen there are some things to look for so that the issue can be focused on and taken care of.  Always look for a troubleshooting guide in your owner’s manual and keep this booklet nearby to your unit just in case you need it.  As usual, if the problem cannot be fixed take note of the model and your serial numbers and contact your manufacturer.

Take for instance a problem where the generator fails to crank or turn over.  This could be one of three things: a low battery, a bad connection to the battery or a fuse that is missing or blown out completely.  Another problem is that the genset only slowly cranks.  This could also be a low battery, a bad battery connection, the incorrect viscosity of oil being used or the generator is under load.  The last example is if the generator is exhausting and blowing out thick, black smoke.  This would mean that there is a dirty air filter and that the choke is stuck or is not adjusted correctly.

The solutions according to a general read of the problems given for issue number one would be to: check the fluid level in your battery, make sure all the battery connections are tight and secured or check the control panel and replace any fuses necessary.  For problem two it would be to check battery, tighten cables, check oil viscosity is correct or turn off all loads before starting.  Lastly, for problem number three, get a new air filter or contact your manufacturer or dealer for choke adjustments.

There are many other troubleshooting hints and solutions.  Always keep your manual handy and nearby to problems can be fixed and a great vacation can be had by all.

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Jimmy Alvarez has 17 articles online

RV travel generators like the Onan and Generac brand units can make for quality power generation on-the-go.  To find the best generators for RVs, research your options and find out which generator works best for you.

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This article was published on 2012/06/19