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Old 02-21-2019, 11:37 AM   #1
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I've heard when parked long term for a few months at 1 campsite it's best to periodically run both your engine and your generator. When doing so, should you turn off the 50 amp breaker at the power pedestal?

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Old 02-21-2019, 12:01 PM   #2
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Our practice has been to not run the engine when parked for 3 months or less - we do exercise the generator monthly by shutting down the shore power and operating our A/Cs and other stuff for at least an hour ...

The generator gets a better workout with a significant load on it, rather than just at 'idle power'...

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Old 02-21-2019, 12:12 PM   #3
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I never run my generator while the shore power cord is connected.

In theory you should be able to do it as the system usual is setup for it.

However I spent my life repairing computer hardware, fixing what should never have happened in theory.
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I made an expensive rookie mistake last year by starting up the generator while hooked up to shore power without turning off the A/C. I welded the contacts in the POS IOTA 50-R automatic transfer switch. I was forced to stay on the leash to stay cool until I could order, receive and install a much better replacement.
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I never go out and trip the breaker. No need.

I do shut down the air conditioner, because it has to equalise the pressure to restart.
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Some transfer switches are ok with the generator running while plugged into shore power, some are not.
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Reference the engine, unless you can get it up to full operating temperatures I wouldn't start it. Generally speaking to get those temperatures you need to drive it a few miles. Brief starts do more harm than good.

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