Troubleshooting Onan genset “won’t-starts”

  By Chris DoughertyChris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor. Dear Chris,I’m having a dilemma with my Onan generator. It won’t stay running and it quits when I take my finger off the START button, or cuts out and dies if it decides... Read More

Run your generator in any weather with GenTent

By Bob Difley If you’ve been concerned with the safety of your portable generator if accidentally left out in stormy weather or a sudden storm dumps buckets of water on it, GenTent® makes a variety of Safety Canopies — easy-to-install weatherproof covers for safe operations of portable generators in virtually any wet weather conditions. GenTents have protected families in the... Read More

Can you plug a friend’s RV into yours to charge his batteries?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician Dear Chris, I am a new RVer and have a new Class C motorhome which we purchased this spring. I have a friend that my wife and I boondock with and as fall comes on, his ability to recharge his fifth wheel batteries by solar panel becomes troublesome due to cloudiness or just plain... Read More

For your generator’s good health — excercise it!

By Onan Generators Do diesel generators need exercising like gasoline generators? Yes, regular exercise helps lubricate the seals and engine components and keeps carbon from building up. Regular exercise also heats up the generator windings and removes or expels excess moisture. In sets equipped with brushes, exercising helps prevent corrosion buildup on the slip rings. How often should I run... Read More

Take care with your RV generator

Got a “built in” RV generator? Don’t have to “plug and unplug” shore power cords when switching from shore power to the genset? Then you have an ATS (automatic transfer switch). They’re convenient, indeed, as the rest of us without them have to go outside, typically open a door, and plug the shore power cord into a special receptacle fed... Read More