Three Most Common RV Generator
The following generator troubleshooting tips will
help you solve the most common problems that can occur with RV generators.
Power failure when you're out in the middle of no where won't kill you but it
could ruin a perfectly nice holiday.
Before you even leave home, it is advisable to check all fuel levels. That
includes your gas or diesel and your oil. These should be checked when the
generator is cool. Check your voltage output as well before you leave home.
In attempting to solve generator problems on your own, take extreme caution.
There are hazards such as fire, burns, cuts and potential electric shock that
may occur. If it's a gas or diesel model, be advised that exhaust fumes can be
Problem: The generator won't crank. This could be due to a blown 12 volt
fuse located on the control panel. The reading on the voltage meter should be
over 9.5 VDC. A fully charged battery will read 12.6 VCD. The battery may
require replacing. You may possibly have a bad control board or the wiring on
the connection may be loose.
Problem: The generator will crank but not start: Like a car, you could
have corroded battery posts or bad cables which means there's little or no 12
volt power from the battery or the converter. Check your fuel level and look for
clogging in the carburetor. Other problems may be a dirty air filter, dirty
spark plugs or low oil. If your generator has been left unused for a few months,
the float in your carburetor could be stuck or the jets may be clogged and
sticky due to old fuel that has evaporated and turned to tarnish. This will
interfere with fuel delivery.
Problem: The generator will start but
won't run when start button is released: This could be due to low oil pressure
or not enough oil. Again, check your fuel supply. You could also activate the
prime switch for the length of time recommended by your instructions manual. The
link to your choke may be sticky. Also have a look at the output of your
generator's AC power output. If you feel it is indeed a voltage problem, follow
instructions in your Operating Manual. If you do get your generator running, but
it sounds really rough, that's indicative of dirty sparkplugs as well.
If any of the above instructions do not correct your problem, get in touch with
your dealer for servicing.
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