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elec test help on Onan gen

I know there must be a common since answer to my problem. My gen doesn't want to start. As in "starter engages-disengages" What describes my problem the best. Working my way thru the trouble shooting checklist, (A)battery state of charge, (12.77) (B)try starting gen with vehicle running (didn't work), (C) clean battery cables and battery posts...Here is where I could use some help. Only one end of cable I can get to without pulling the genny. Appears the cable has a wire bracket clamp (better known as a P clamp)that holds the cable, so cable doesn't rub on other stuff I guess. I really don't want to drop the genny just to test a cable, big hassle to get it out and back in. So I'm thinking how to test this... without the pain of pulling the genny. Thinking about running a regular auto jumper cable directly from battery to genny. In other words I'll by pass the cable being used now (that might be bad) and see what happens. My concern is the other electronics I might not see. Is there anything I could screw up doing a test like this? On genny's, the cable goes directly from battery to genny or is there anything in the cable routing such as a fuse or relay or ? (I didn't post genny info because this is a elec test question, really not model specific). Thanks
path1 06/06/19 12:52am Tech Issues
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

https://www.drivingline.com/articles/new-product-spotlight-ss-diesel-mo Would this helped? Link didn't work right??? Google up cp4 bypass kit, supposed to be good .
path1 05/30/19 05:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Northwood Runaround Rant

What I understand NW does NOT provide schematics. 8 years ago, or more??? they stopped providing schematics. So I went wire "fishing" by removing my overhead my fan vents plastic trim piece, and with a coat hanger found lots of wires. I also removed the front panel on the elec fuse box to make sure connections were tight. I found 2 metal screws just laying loose. Loose as in maybe the screws could vibrate and bounce around shorting out something. Screws looked like what an installer used to mount the box. NW has been good to us. We were missing some stuff when we bought used. Called and provided vin number and list what we were missing, about week later UPS showed up with big box full of goodies. Have you checked out https://www.nroa2003.com/forum/ While no longer a member myself, lots of good info that was handy for new NW owner. NW still ones of the better OEM's out there IMO. But certainly not built like years ago. Somewhere on youtube somebody has video of NW making a unit and showed them putting in wires.
path1 05/21/19 11:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone ever use one of these

Watch some YouTube on it first. Can be dangerous. But after you do it some and dont take any short cuts, not that bad. Get thick welding cloves. Mine are from harbor freight. Dont refill at crowded places, people here a propane hiss and think worlds going to end.
path1 05/15/19 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cummins longevity and maintence

Retired Cummins engineer I now like Ford fluid and grease as long as spec's ok. I've got that Ford stuff in my Dana 70 right now. But that is for what I have. Google up a vin decoder and find what you have. Bear in mind my 2001 dodge has numerous errors or omissions on maintenance in owners manual. I like moparman1973.com for what I have
path1 05/12/19 11:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where does the weight go to when using wd hitch?

Thanks for info. Washing tow vehicle this weekend,the stock hitch label says 1000 max tongue weight. Never had a problem (and safe for now) but think I'll get bigger rating hitch. Thanks.
path1 05/12/19 11:35pm Travel Trailers
Where does the weight go to when using wd hitch?

If tongue weight scale says 930 pds and then you hook up to to hitch ball and then load up wd spring bars...what happens? Where does that 930 pds go?
path1 05/12/19 11:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Look up camping world in Tacoma About 1 mile north on same road there are lots of consignment places. If that helps? Should see lots of RV places on google maps...look like toasters from the air. Might give them a call. Did you make blog of your travels, if so post link.
path1 04/25/19 05:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: sparkplugs and wires

Over the years of owning Fords I've learned to stick with Motorcraft, OEM regardless if it's alternator's, water Pumps, coil over plugs, or whatever
path1 04/17/19 05:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exhaust Brake Buying...

I have a BD diesel in our 01 that I installed in 05. No problems at all except I noticed there is a lot more signage and more mechanics are familiar with Pac brakes PBX something model number that's supposed to be the strongest on the market. So I think more mechanics are more familiar with the pacbrake, if I were to buy over again I buy pack break in case something happened to it the middle of nowhere and I had to have it worked on. Don't know what type of Springs you have in your valves but make sure you have strong enough exhaust valves, might be stock on your gear model not sure.
path1 04/09/19 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Valterra pull handle

I carry one of these https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Sewer/Valterra/T50.html?feed=npn&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyZSUsJi-4QIVsCCtBh3AQQC3EAQYAyABEgLeVPD_BwE
path1 04/07/19 08:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Parked Travel Trailer

X2 on above...and I wouldn't buy any RV new or used without doing a water pressure test on supply side.
path1 03/05/19 12:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Parts Procurement

Seattle is on your info..... Just my opinion... Call Allied body in South park, see if you can send pic and see what they say. (Years ago I built a camper and they were able to get smaller "corner caps") Heiser on Tukwila or Intl blvd (or what ever they call the street now) across the street from old Boeing headquarters (the old drive in before Boeing took it over) Western trailer repair near airport and Lucille st ? Allied body was more helpful when I was gathering parts, for me anyways. And there is guy in south park (proper) that does crazy custom stuff, and charges crazy also:) Hard to match up sometimes if ordering online, but maybe this will help. https://www.google.com/search?q=trailer+corner+caps&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgyYb4rN3gAhWI4FQKHTFWDvoQ_AUIDygC&biw=1366&bih=623
path1 02/27/19 07:19pm Toy Haulers
RE: Best camping Hack and/or Fad

I've always like these 2 threads...lots of ideas https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/17436377.cfm https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/19777656.cfm
path1 02/25/19 11:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dead batteries woes

On my class C (if class matters what class) after installing a battery disconnect, my battery would still go dead. After messing around with volt meter, found one fuse that still had power and powers a couple things (alarms and 1 light) even with disconnect in the off position. I pulled that fuse and it solved my battery draining problem. I have to do more exploring but that particular fuse is powered by both the house battery and chassis battery. Apparently it was wired so as long as any battery had juice, the alarm and a night light would work. Don't know if wiring is OEM or previous owner?
path1 02/06/19 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rv lien checks

WA state here also. Took me 3 years to get "legal" owner off from mine. On ours it turned out that in our loan that the "legal" owner (which was a credit union) was supposed to do paper work to reflect when the loan was paid off and the credit union being the "legal" owner released their interest. Call Credit union 3 times over the years. Finally got a one page letter saying the credit union has no interest or security in vehicle. Took that letter to lic place when tabs were due and the new paper work shows only me. No big deal but credit union should of done what we/they agreed to what the loan said IMO I would call a lic place in WA to ask any questions.
path1 01/25/19 11:14am Truck Campers
RE: Safety concerns and crash data for Class A's?

I saved this article for personal reasons. From Friday, April 25, 2008 and link is now dead. http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/rv-crash-deaths-under-investigation/nDrSW/ (However best I can tell nothing has changed and info still correct). RV Crash Deaths Under Investigation Lack Of Crash Tests For Luxury Motor Homes Blamed Braking problems, collapsing walls and poorly secured cabinets: These are the RV industry's deadliest secrets. We know because KIRO Team 7 Investigators just spent months analyzing hundreds of fatal luxury motor home crashes both nationwide and here in the Pacific Northwest. Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne exposes how some loose safety standards are turning fun, family camping outings into trips to the morgue. Federal law requires crash and rollover tests for cars, SUVs, semi-trucks and even charter buses. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just conducted a new series of bus tests last month. The explosion of glass and crunch of metal are tools that guide new safety improvement. Why, then, did KIRO Team 7 Investigators discover some of the biggest, most expensive motor homes on the road are exempt? Peggy and Richard Young loved to camp in their motor home, often taking their dog Mitzy to favorite spots along Washington's beach-front state parks. On the way home one day in 2005, Richard took the corner of a highway onramp a little fast and tipped the RV over. It crumpled--trapping him inside. Halsne: "We're looking at structural integrity. It looks to me ..." Peggy Young: "It was a mess wasn't it?" Halsne: "That the roof just didn't hold up." Peggy Young: "No! All it is, is fiberglass. These motor homes are only fiberglass. They had the wood framing, you know, thin wood framing, but they're just fiberglass. There's nothing there to keep anything like this from happening." Richard came out of the low-speed flip-and-roll with a brain bleed. He died 11 days later. Peggy just couldn't believe how easily their Class A RV fell apart and still wonders if a few simple safety standards could have saved his life. Peggy Young: "They have some incredibly strong materials now, very high-tech and I don't see why they couldn't put in some kind of reinforcement that goes across and around?" KIRO Team 7 Investigators used a computer to analyze two federal databases filled with more than 5,000 RV accident, safety and mechanical deficiency reports. Summaries like: "VEHICLE WAS COMING AROUND A CURVE AND THE BRAKES FAILED" "2 DEAD -- HIT TREE AT A SLOW RATE OF SPEED, 34 MPH. THE OCCUPANT COMPARTMENT DISINTEGRATED" and "RV DISINTEGRATED AND ONLY THE CHASSIS REMAINED" made the Class A motor home stand out -- and not in a good way. Class A's are defined by their flat-nose front, open seating and tremendous length. JD Gallant has been called the Ralph Nader of motor homes. He has investigated countless fatal RV crashes and authors a top-selling RV consumer buying guide. He has strong opinions regarding the safety of the Class A. “You need to realize that when you drive a Class A motor home, in case of an accident, you've increased greatly your risk of death, the driver and the passenger,” said Gallant. He says the government should start mandating front-end crash tests and stronger rollover protections if we want people to stop dying in these massive machines. "We know from accidents, Chris, what's happening. The industry isn't into studying Class A accidents. They just aren't into it. If they did, if RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) would study Class A accidents, every Class A accident, put them up on the wall and study these Class A accidents, and say 'oh we've got to make improvement here.' They could do it. And they'd reduce the deaths by 80 to 90 percent,” said Gallant. We called numerous RV manufacturers to respond to this investigation. Only one took us up on our offer: Western RV in Yakima, the maker of the $250,000 Alpine Coach. Vice President Burk Morgan says his company sells safety. He adds that the government requires front-end crash and brake tests for the empty chassis only. Once all those studs and sidewalls and TVs get installed, it's up to each manufacturer to decide how best to hold parts together in a crash. Our data shows the Alpine Coach design does hold up exceptionally well. Morgan says there’s a reason for that. "The entire roof and walls are solid structures. They're all aircraft-quality aluminum tub-welded frame with polystyrene block insulation that's bonded together to create a solid structure,” said Morgan. Consumers might not yet be ready to pay extra for those safety features, as two weeks after we shot the interview, Western RV closed its doors. Automotive safety engineer Keith Friedman of Friedman Research Corporation says the costs of added safety measures are the real reason many RV makers are still choosing to use antiquated construction techniques. "Put a steel platform out there. Put some wood on it and start nailing wood two-by-fours to it or screwing on some aluminum studs. Those things are not going to carry the loads when you rollover. The platform is going to sit there and the stuff you attached on top is just going to fall over," said Friedman. Lifelong RV owner John Sandstrom isn't going to let that happen to him. "It's big. It weighs a lot. You can easily get yourself in trouble, whether maneuvering in a parking lot or changing lanes on the freeway, you have to be aware of what's going on 360 degrees around you," said Sandstrom. Sandstrom recently paid top dollar for custom-designed safety features including a third set of wheels for stability, steel rollcage ribbing and a bulkhead behind his seat that prevents flying objects from hitting drivers if a crash does occur. That's something that the families of several dead RV drivers tell us they dearly wish was standard. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association had this to say about our research: "NHTSA (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) hasn't crash tested finished motor homes because they are fundamentally safe-- there simply haven't been enough deaths to warrant the cost of purchasing and testing these types of vehicles."
path1 01/25/19 08:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lippert Components - Not our friends.

After a lippert 5th wheel failure and they wouldn't stand behind their work, I tried to get away from lippert all I could and bought an arctic fox. Still stuck with Lippert windows and doors. Lippert not your friend that's for sure.
path1 01/11/19 06:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Spare tire cover with a drawstring?

Had many over the years on different RV's, only one we've owned has had an excellent fit. Our Majestic, after 10 years is still looking good. But the last two tire covers on other RV's... I put in grommets (1/2 inch I think) and used "bungee rope" to get good fit. Think I got supplies at big box store under $20.00 And used a bit of old inter-tube for reinforcing material that cover was made of; about a 4x4 square https://www.amazon.com/Shock-Cord-inch-Polyester-Commercial/dp/B078NB6WBQ/ref=asc_df_B078NB6WBQ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241941596583&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9616941298126695004&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033337&hvtargid=pla-628786755512&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Harbor-Tools-30037-Grommet-Installation/dp/B001TY8JH2/ref=asc_df_B001TY8JH2/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=194883046452&hvpos=1o9&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6522665728332429495&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033330&hvtargid=pla-315239383593&psc=1
path1 01/03/19 11:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Good golley! I never realized!

After a 5th wheel frame failure and experienced the support lippert gives, as in nothing!!! We tried to get lippert out of our lives. Current RV is northwoods product (arctic fox) but still stuck with lippert doors, windows. Hard to get away from lippert, even when you try.
path1 12/20/18 01:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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