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olfarmer

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Posted: 11/23/19 07:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have access to 120 voltage I would connect the batteries to a battery trickle charger/ maintainer. If you don't the solar panel chargers sound good. If you don't do either then by all means unhook the negative terminal. If the batteries have been in an uncharged state for any length of time they are probably shot and w need to be replaced.


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cwenger wrote:

I am wondering if I could jump start the generator instead of the engine.


Done it. Now your millage may vary

On my ONAN there is a big red capped bolt that says +12 on the left side "Front" .. That's where the Red lead goes from the jump pack.

The black lead goes to the chassis

Now do the start thing.. keep the battery connected for at least one minute after VAROOM (The fuel pump is a 12 volt device)

Turn off everything inside, if you have not already. first.


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On my coach, the generator is powered by the house batteries but if they are low, I can use the chassis batteries, via the "boost" switch, to start the generator. Naturally this means that the chassis batteries must have enough left in them to power the boost relay.

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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I plan to replace the chassis batteries and then trickle charge the new batteries with a solar charger while in storage.

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