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Old 08-04-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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Starting the Generator

The motor home engine can be started with the house batteries using the booster switch. My question is---can the generator be started with the chassis battery by using the booster switch?
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I have started my Onan 5500 with the boost switch on my 2004 Monaco La Palma.
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Yes, but it is probably best to start the engine and then use the boost to start the generator.
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Thanks for your responses.
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All the above and hold the emergency start switch for 3-5 minutes to put a slight surface charge on the house batteries before the start.

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Yes, but it is probably best to start the engine and then use the boost to start the generator.
Concur - I recently had serious house battery issues and used this procedure to start the genny. You always want to be able to start the main engine. The battery boost, IMHO, should only be used in an emergency procedure to get main engine start.
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The motor home engine can be started with the house batteries using the booster switch. My question is---can the generator be started with the chassis battery by using the booster switch?
You should be able to start the generator, by turning on your motor home engine, without using the booster switch.
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