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texaslime

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #30 on: November 20, 2017, 07:59:20 PM »
I would like to know if you need to unplug from shore power when you run your generator to exercise it?
 

WILDEBILL308

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2017, 08:30:05 PM »
I would like to know if you need to unplug from shore power when you run your generator to exercise it?
I don't know about your coach but my coach defaults to the generator when it is running.
Bill
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malexander

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2017, 05:06:09 AM »
I don't know about your coach but my coach defaults to the generator when it is running.
Bill



So does mine.
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John From Detroit

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2017, 06:26:40 AM »
Oh, side note.. In another forum there is a topic titled "Believe what they say" written by a man who ignored the advice to exercise his generatort....... and paid the price when it neeeded major repair.
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rvpuller

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2017, 09:27:23 AM »
The Generac generator that's in our trailer is the third trailer it has been in, we bought it 1998 and I have never test run it under load and test runs only happened every few months when it sitting still if I remember to do it. It has never failed us yet except for a very bad load of fuel we got in California.

Denny
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WILDEBILL308

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2017, 09:43:28 AM »
The Generac generator that's in our trailer is the third trailer it has been in, we bought it 1998 and I have never test run it under load and test runs only happened every few months when it sitting still if I remember to do it. It has never failed us yet except for a very bad load of fuel we got in California.

Denny
Yes you can get buy not doing the recommended maintence right up to where it quits and gets expensive.
Bill
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Home base Fort Worth, Texas
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rvpuller

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2017, 09:32:28 AM »
Yes you can get buy not doing the recommended maintence right up to where it quits and gets expensive.
Bill

If it dies after 19 years I would consider it normal life expectancy not because I didn't test it under load.

Denny
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NY_Dutch

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2017, 03:52:47 PM »
If it dies after 19 years I would consider it normal life expectancy not because I didn't test it under load.

Denny

I've seen well maintained Onan generators still running that are much older than that...
Dutch
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WILDEBILL308

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2017, 07:36:04 PM »
Yes Denny, you can do that. However we were trying to help the OP with the best practices for his generator based on Onan recommendations and recognized industry guidelines.
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Bill
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Towing 2014 Honda CRV
Home base Fort Worth, Texas
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rvpuller

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2017, 09:30:24 AM »
I've seen well maintained Onan generators still running that are much older than that...

Mine still runs as good as it did in 1998 so I'm planning on many more years.

To the OP if your rig is stored for the winter I wouldn't try and run it because you will just be asking for more condensation build up when it cools down in cold weather. If it was running good when you winterized it wait till spring.

Denny
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John From Detroit

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2017, 03:57:12 PM »
The first Generator I ever worked on was in a Soft Serve Ice Cream Truck.. I have no idea how old it was but it was very well used since it ran basically 8 hours a day or longer every summer day.. It put 3 kids through college after I got done working on it.

DId not start, Did not even Crank when I showed up.> Found a bolt rusted and a wire disconnected.. Re-attached and it fired right up   Made Electricity. Soft Serve, and killed mosquitoes all at the same time :) (Burned more oil than Gas. Like I said OLD and well used)  Owner took it to a mechanic (Since I'd Done the electrical work) to get the Ring Job.   Actually a bit imprssive.
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GA_Boy

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Re: why generators need to run under load
« Reply #41 on: December 18, 2017, 03:34:14 PM »
I keep my propane topped off and carry an extra 30 pound tank in the storage compartment.
BTW, I installed a kit so I can hook up to an outside tank.
I have a 20 pound tank at home to use for running the Generac propane Generator under load every 30-40 days.
On the road it gets used plenty.
Marvin