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Offline proimagesigns

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  • Year: 1989
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: Warrior 22ft
  • Chassis: Chevy
  • Engine: 454
Generator not powering appliances
« on: March 22, 2020, 03:43 PM »
Hello folks
I have an 89 Winnebago warrior 22ft
With Onan emerald one
Generator was not working
First guy that looked at it said it was no good and should get a new one
So I looked for a new/used one
Guy can out and pulled out the generator and I asked if he can try to get it started and he actually got it running what I know he did is he put a little gas in one of the spark plug then it ran after he got a air compressor and shot air thru the hose that goes from the Rv  tank to the generator and gas just started to come out
So after a few hours was able to put it back together and it runs good, I’m able to start it from the switch inside the RV
But my problem is that there is no power to inside
When I connect to shore everything works
It has a new converter also
Any help,suggestions
Owner manual says there are breakers but don’t know where

Offline Rickf1985

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  • Year: 1989
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  • Model: Chieftain
  • Chassis: Chevy
  • Engine: 454
Re: Generator not powering appliances
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2020, 05:12 PM »
Are you plugging your shore power cable into the generator outlet in the cable compartment? You have to plug it in since there is no transfer switch.

Offline proimagesigns

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  • Year: 1989
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: Warrior 22ft
  • Chassis: Chevy
  • Engine: 454
Re: Generator not powering appliances
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2020, 10:04 PM »
Yes
I Did that
There were also some green wires that were loose under the in the chassis
We connected them to the frame and did nothing
I did notice a yellow wire that went to a relay? But was cut

Offline proimagesigns

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  • Year: 1989
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: Warrior 22ft
  • Chassis: Chevy
  • Engine: 454
Re: Generator not powering appliances
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2020, 10:04 PM »
Maybe outlet can be bad?

Offline Rickf1985

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  • Engine: 454
Re: Generator not powering appliances
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2020, 09:11 AM »
Be careful just connecting wires to the chassis, you can end up with a ground loop if you are not careful. It sounds like you have a lot of modified wiring in there. Does everything work with the shore power plugged in? The breakers will be in a panel somewhere inside the coach. I cannot even begin to mention all of the places they put the panels. Under the bed, under the fridge, over the fridge. It could be about anywhere. The best plan is to get a manual for that coach and start there. If everything works with the shore power plugged in then the main wiring is good. As I said though, be careful tying the green AC wiring grounds to the frame with the DC 12 grounds.

Offline proimagesigns

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  • Year: 1989
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: Warrior 22ft
  • Chassis: Chevy
  • Engine: 454
Re: Generator not powering appliances
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2020, 10:22 AM »
Yes everything works when plugged to shore. I’ve put a new converter
I checked those breakers and were fine.
Is there other breakers I should be looking for ?

Offline Rickf1985

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  • Engine: 454
Re: Generator not powering appliances
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2020, 07:17 PM »
There should be a regular AC breaker panel with a main breaker and several outlet breakers. Usually one for the AC unit and one for the microwave and a couple for outlets. This will not affect the generator, if everything is working on shore power it should work on the generator. Did you check the generator to see if it is putting out power? Start the generator and check the generator outlet to see if there is power there.

Offline proimagesigns

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  • Model: Warrior 22ft
  • Chassis: Chevy
  • Engine: 454
Re: Generator not powering appliances
« Reply #7 on: Today at 12:03 AM »
Update!!!
We got power to the Generator today!!
I had a friend of a friend who is an electrician come out
And checked everything
So the Generator was punching about 160 amps(which was high eventually got it down to around 120as he was working on it) if that make sense
But when he checked the receptacle it was only getting 40
From what I understood there are 3 power wires/cables white,green and black and they were cut somewhere down by the generator
Before that he checked the board and voltage regulator and everything was working
At the end we went to Home Depot picked up 6ft of wires and he took from the generator to a box that is on the above storage compartment under the bed and plugged it up there and that was all!!
Thanks Rick for giving me ideas where to look
I’m learning step or $$ at a time..

 

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