How to Troubleshoot RV Generators
- 1 Make sure you have enough fuel in your fuel tank.
- Most RV generators stop running if the fuel tank is not at least half full. This is to prevent the RV from using its’ entire fuel supply.
- Check the fuel gauge to make sure that the tank is at least half full.
- Add fuel if there is not enough.
Inspect the exhaust system.
- This is under the RV.
- To make sure that you inspect all components of the exhaust system, consult your RV’s manual for a detailed description of where to look.
- Check for surface damage to the exhaust system.
- Check for oil and fuel leaks.
- Gently pull on the exhaust system to confirm that it is securely attached to the RV.
- If there is any damage to the exhaust system, have a RV mechanic repair it.
Inspect and clean the wire lines.
- Consult your RV’s manual for the locations of all wire lines.
- Check them for corrosion, rust, and other debris.
- Use an air pump to dislodge any materials that are stuck between the wires. This can be purchased at a camping supply store.
Check the oil level in the RV.
- If the oil pressure drops below a certain point, some generators have a sensor that will turn the generator off.
- Consult your RV’s manual for how to check the oil.
- If the oil level is below the recommended amount for your RV, add enough oil to meet the recommended amount.
- Press the start button so that the generator will not bypass the oil pressure cut off circuit. Consult your RV’s manual for the location of this button.
- Verify that the sensor wire has not been damaged. Consult your RV’s manual for its’ location.
- Have a RV mechanic repair any damage to the sensor wire, if necessary.
Change the oil and filter (optional).
- Check your RV’s manual for the recommended service schedule for oil and filter changes. If it is past due, this should be completed.
- Change the oil and filters if you know how to do so or have a RV mechanic do it.
- Run the generator for 10 seconds and turn it off.
- Inspect the generator for oil leaks or wipe it with a white cloth.
- If oil is leaking from the generator, have it repaired.
Test your RV generator.
- Turn the generator on and observe its’ performance.
- After completing these steps, the RV generator should function properly. If it still does not work properly, have a RV mechanic evaluate it.