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Old 04-24-2015, 09:19 AM   #1
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Hi all,

This will be my 3rd year with my RV and I have never fired up the generator. I am going to fuel up tomorrow and run it next week. Is there anything I should do before firing it up for the first time since I have never used it?

The dealer told me I should run it for a few hours every few months when I took it in to have some work done. I will have power where I am going, so I don't necessarily need it, but since it sounds like this is an area I have neglected I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations.

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Old 04-24-2015, 10:18 AM   #2
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Hi all,

This will be my 3rd year with my RV and I have never fired up the generator. I am going to fuel up tomorrow and run it next week. Is there anything I should do before firing it up for the first time since I have never used it?

The dealer told me I should run it for a few hours every few months when I took it in to have some work done. I will have power where I am going, so I don't necessarily need it, but since it sounds like this is an area I have neglected I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations.

Thanks,
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It has not been ran in over 3 years? Has it ever had fuel in the carburetor? If so, you could have some varnish that may require a good carb cleaning and kit with new gaskets. I would remove spark plugs and squirt some oil or WD-40 in the cylinder and slowly turn it over with the pull rope if equipped. This will give the cylinder a good coat of oil. They usually come with a light coat from the manufacturing process but 3 years is a long time unless it was stored in a climate controlled environment. Make sure it is filled with oil and fresh gas. Fire it up and check it out. You should really fire them up at least monthly and run 5 to 10 minutes under load from then on. Treat fuel with Stabil or fuel stabilizer of your choice.
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X2...plus perform an oil and filter change, new air and fuel filter.

Also check all wiring to generator to make sure no connections have worked loose they may prevent it from starting, feeding load, or could cause a spark..
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

Can I get filters at auto zone or something similar or are they something that need to be ordered?
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What make of generator is it?
Is this a permanent on board unit, or a portable?
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I don't have the model number but it is an Onan that is built into the rig. I think all of the crossroads RVs have the same model. I want to say it is the 5500 but not sure.
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Hi all,

This will be my 3rd year with my RV and I have never fired up the generator. I am going to fuel up tomorrow and run it next week. Is there anything I should do before firing it up for the first time since I have never used it?

The dealer told me I should run it for a few hours every few months when I took it in to have some work done. I will have power where I am going, so I don't necessarily need it, but since it sounds like this is an area I have neglected I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations.

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It has not been ran in over 3 years? Has it ever had fuel in the carburetor? If so, you could have some varnish that may require a good carb cleaning and kit with new gaskets. I would remove spark plugs and squirt some oil or WD-40 in the cylinder and slowly turn it over with the pull rope if equipped. This will give the cylinder a good coat of oil. They usually come with a light coat from the manufacturing process but 3 years is a long time unless it was stored in a climate controlled environment. Make sure it is filled with oil and fresh gas. Fire it up and check it out. You should really fire them up at least monthly and run 5 to 10 minutes under load from then on. Treat fuel with Stabil or fuel stabilizer of your choice.
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X2...plus perform an oil and filter change, new air and fuel filter.

Also check all wiring to generator to make sure no connections have worked loose they may prevent it from starting, feeding load, or could cause a spark..

The above quotes should be cast in bronze! Great advice for any engine that hasn't be ran for for an extended period of time.
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I believe you can get filters at Camping World, and maybe other RV stores. Some auto parts stores also have them. I bought filters and plugs for a 2003 Onan Generator at an Auto Parts store.
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You will need to have a load plugged in to the generator to force it to produce electricity. Often the coils get weak after time.

If it won't make electricity while running, plug an electric drill into the Ginny and manually spin the motor or Chuck until it takes off.
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:51 AM   #10
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Bill,

Have you fired your generator up yet? Keep us posted...
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