Sunday, December 3, 2017
We had a beautiful day with a high of 59. Did vacuum the cab of the MH today, so accomplished a little bit. Spent most of the day watching football.
I started the generator to give it some exercise and found a problem. Not a new one, but I don’t know exactly what the problem is. I think there are some wires shorting out when I go to start it. I could see large sparks coming from where the wires enter the generator compartment through a hole in the metal wall.
I shut off the main switch to the batteries and pulled the wires from where they attached to the relay and checked them over and could not find where the short is, so I massaged the wires a little and hooked the wires back to the relay and the generator started without a problem.
I had this problem last year as I was preparing to leave and the generator would did the same thing. I tried it again at some point on the road and it started working again and worked okay all winter.
My plan is to start it each morning till I leave and see if the problem resurfaces. If not, I will just ignore it. Otherwise, I will take it someplace to have it looked at by professionals.
I know there are two live wires touching. I’m just not seeing them yet. After fourteen years, I’m sure the wires around the generator are brittle and should be replaced, but that would be an expensive endeavor to be done as a last resort. Luckily, I can live without the generator.
Beautiful Super Moon tonight. Barely got it before clouds came in.
See you later.