I fixed my generator! First I contact Barney of Simenson Generator Service in Tucson to plead with him to send a service truck out to me when he next has one in my area. Now that I have all the bells and whistles on the RV set up for a long stay, breakdown and setting back up can take a half day; a work and time investment I would like to avoid. He believes he can accommodate me and asks me to send him all the info about my generator. Just before he hangs up, he suggests that I take some time over the weekend to troubleshoot the problem.
While gathering photos and other details to send to him I determine that the generator does work sometimes. But other times it cuts off after a minute. If I switch the generator circuit breaker off so that it is not powering the RV, the generator itself runs fine as long as I will let it. That tells me that the generator is not the problem. Long story short, after starting and stopping the electrical system several times I see the pattern. When the generator cuts off, the inverter panel shows the batteries as charged more than 90%. Now I have a suspect.
I Think I 've Got It!
Once I disable the appropriate setting, my freshly serviced generator should work like a charm. The reason I never had this problem before is because I rarely move fast enough to turn on the generator while the batteries still have a pretty full charge.
Slightly discharged and with the A/C or Microwave pulling a load as occurs when I am boondocking, the batteries never climb to 90% before I shut the generator off. In the rest area with the RV running and charging the batteries, they are already above the cut off point when I crank up the generator.
I know that the generator can be programmed through the inverter panel to auto start and shutdown. All I have to do is read the incomprehensible inverter panel book and find the setting to disable the auto shutoff. I thought I had already done this in Wyoming, but obviously not. After hours of mind numbing attempts, I decipher the programming instructions. I convince the generator to run regardless of the battery state. I may have also set it to make coffee in the morning, who knows?!
I phone Barney to cancel our upcoming appointment and I think he is as shocked as I am that I solved the problem. I promise him that I will recommend that anyone in this area with generator problems call him. He was very kind to me, was planning to go out of his way to send someone out to me. Plus his faith in my trouble shooting abilities leads to the solution!
Leisure Time in Benson
In the meantime, I stay busy enjoying the kind folks and plethora of activities offered in this park. Dancing, singing, playing my banjo, broomstick exercise, marbles and bocci ball are just a few of the diversions available to me. Of course I join Jane and Leyman as often as I can for more Jeepin’ experience.
Thanks to everyone who responded to my help with the trailer flooring in my last post. You guys are so awesome!