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Old 01-10-2017, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default 2009 Great West Titan - generator won't start.

Hi everybody, I am new here, 64 year old grandmother and I hope I can get some help. I have a new (to me) van/rv here and though the salesman started the generator easily when I was looking at it to buy it, and although it sounds like it is making a nice healthy sounding try, it won't start for me. The manual says if it won't start from the button inside the van to start it from the button inside the access panel of the generator itself. Not being mechanically knowledgeable it took a bit of advice from someone on FB to look for a smaller exhaust pipe to even find the generator after looking everywhere else I could think of including where it sounded like it was, all the storage bays, the engine compartment, etc. So it is in the center rear of the van under the floor in front of the hitch and I don't see any way to get to any access panel if I could even see one. So I called the former owner and she told me that they couldn't ever find the generator either and just started it from the switch inside. Then she contradicted the manual which says if it is not a diesel van then the generator runs on the same gasoline the van runs on, she said no, but that when they had trouble starting it they were told it must be low on propane so I went to Flying J for propane. The seller also said she was told to only fill the propane tank 80% full. The button on the panel for LPG said 3 when I pushed it, not 03 or 30 just 3. So the flying J guy said he always just fills them till they are full. So I watched the panel reading and stopped him as close to 80% as possible although the reading said something different higher & lower each time I pushed it. FRUSTRATING! So it got about 3 gallons into it. Got home and the generator still wouldn't start. Just makes that sound that says it's trying. Followed the manual that says just push the button for 10 seconds and then wait 30 seconds. Did it four or five times. Oh and the panel reading says the battery is at 12.5 so I don't think that's it. . Fooey!!! Darn Heck and Drat! Any help here? Okay to prevent anyone else from having to read down through all the answers below Avanti in his answer below provided me with the info I needed and the generator is now WORKING!!! SO HAPPY!!!
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:16 PM   #2
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There will be a propane valve somewhere. Is it open?
Does your cooktop work (assuming it is propane)? Water heater? Furnace?
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:30 PM   #3
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Since you seen the salesman start it, I don't think you need to get under it - just yet! Is the house battery on, and I would have my engine running, and make sure you have more than a quarter tank of gas. On the Generator Switch, push the Off, wait afew seconds and push and hold the Start for about 10-15 seconds....most times it will fire off. This is how I have done mine when I had trouble getting it to fire off, and it worked. The others, with far more knowledge than me, will be adding to this and you will be up and running. Did they tell you about "exercising" the generator for two hours a month, with it under a load, it will keep it in peak shape. Age is a State Of Mind!!!!! Enjoy that B. Ron
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:33 PM   #4
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:01 PM   #5
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The GWVan Titan is a Ford. If your Ford engine is a gasoline engine then most likely your generator is a gasoline generator and not propane. So you need to do two things. One is make sure you have gasoline in the Ford chassis tank because the generator intake may be above the 1/4 full mark so you can't run your tank empty in a remote location running your generator. Secondly, despite what you think your coach battery is, it is sometimes discharged just enough that it won't have enough juice to ignite the generator. You can fully charge your battery of course but in a pinch with GWVan you can start your chassis engine and that in turn will give your coach battery enough aided charge to start the generator.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:26 PM   #6
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Avanti you did it!!!!!! I went and found out the stove burners didn't work so then got on the ground, studied the valves and found where it said on & off, turned on, tested burners and they worked. Tried the generator and IT WORKS!!! YAY YIPPEEE YAHOO!!! THANK YOU!!!!! Nobody else told me this. So you are the MAN...or WOMAN? Can't tell by the name for sure but I'm so HAPPY! The TV I couldn't get on works now too!!! So you made a little old ladies day! Thank you again! Ever so much! You have a GREAT DAY!
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Hi Davydd, well the generator started after I figured out by means of Avanti's information that the propane was turned off since the stove burners wouldn't light. Managed to locate and turn on the propane valve, then the stove burners worked, tried the generator and it STARTED!!! Soooo happy! Now I'm going to run it for 30 minutes at least every 3 weeks to keep it happy! Thank you soooo much for your efforts to help! I feel like I will be safe doing this because of all you helpful kind RV'ers out there! Have a GREAT day!!!
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It is possible the generator is gas and not propane fueled. I suggest having that verified next time you get the van serviced. Like Davydd said, the gas tank must be more than 1/4 full for the gas generator to work. I suppose you could verify by starting the generator, then shutting off the propane valve and see if it dies.
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I agree, probably a gasoline generator - Chevy powered van though, as I recall.

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I also think the Titans were Chevies, and also had an optional diesel, so it probably could have a propane generator and a 6.6 gm diesel.
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