Lake Whitney Thousand Trails . . .

After a nice night at the Lake Whitney Thousand Trails I was up a little early to take a look at my Onan generator problem. But, after extending the generator from the front of the rig, I confirmed what I remembered from the last time I worked on it. Everything is contained inside the housing, and there’s nothing for me to check out without climbing underneath and start taking off panels.

One thing I was trying to confirm was whether or not the generator has a separate fuel filter. Turns out it does, but unlike the oil and air filters, it’s not listed on the front of the case.

I did try the manual start out on the generator, again with no luck, so I retracted the gen slide and went inside to start up the rig diesel.

The first thing I noticed was that the engine didn’t start up immediately. Normally, the engine turns over for just a second and then starts right up. However this morning, it turned over for 4 or 5 seconds without catching. Turning the key off and then trying it again, it started right up.

OK. After checking the gauges, I put the engine in High Idle, started the levelers coming up, and went outside to unhook the shore power. And just as I was storing away the cable the engine just up and quit.


Going back inside, I once again tried to start the engine, and once again it cranked right up. So not wanted to tempt fate any longer, we hit the road.

And then then engine ran fine the rest of the day.

We got into the Ramblin Fever RV Park in Mount Pleasant, TX about 1:30pm and got set up.

After a nice nap, we headed out about 4:15pm to have dinner at Two Senoritas, a Mexican restaurant we passed on our way to the RV Park.

My Chicken Tortilla Soup was really good, and Jan said her Chile Relleno was delicious.

Tomorrow we’ve got a long travel day, 332 miles, that will end up at the Tom Sawyer RV Park on the Mississippi River in West Memphis, AR.


Thought for the Day:

If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. – George Carlin



6 Responses

  1. We love Tom Sawyer RV Park, but you might not see much river tow traffic due to low water levels in the Mississippi River. Hope nothing major is wrong with the Onan, if luck shines on you it is just a fuel filter.

  2. so you stay at “our” park” and ate at “our” mexican place! You did well without my advice! Travel safe!

  3. Did you look at the fuel in the engine fuel filters and possibly drain the sump of the separator. If you got a load of gunk in a fill up, it would be in the engine filters as well as the genny. Drain any sumps and catch it so you can have a look at it for floating junk… Which will clog the smaller filter in the Onan…

  4. Tom,

    The river is very low but we still have barges going by in front of us.

    I’ll know more about the Onan when we get to Celina.


  5. Chris,

    See you soon.

  6. Rod,

    As long as the rig keeps running, I’m going to save all of this for Celina.

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