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Old 01-13-2019, 02:23 PM   #1
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Long term in one location

When staying in one location for a long time (2 months) I know that you have to periodically run the generator and engine. Before doing so, do you have to disconnect from the 50 amp power first? Thanks!
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You don't have to run the engine, let it sit. Gas doesn't go bad, in a few months, in fuel injected engines.

Running the generator is recomended to flush fresh gas into the carburetor and drive moisture out of the windings.

The system will have a automatic transfer switch, designed to transfer the full 50 amp load from shore power to generator power, regardless if shore power is connected or not.

You may want to shut down the AC units, because the compressors need a few minutes before restarts.

When you shut down the generator, the switch will fall back to shore power. There is no chance of a back feed situation.

I was about to start my generator after 5 weeks here, but since the CG had a power failure, I started it when that happened.

When the power came back on, they knocked on the door to tell me, I just shut down the generator and it switched back.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:52 PM   #3
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It is recommended to turn off the shore power breaker before starting the generator to protect the transfer switch. Repeated transfer switch operations under power can lead to premature failure of the transfer switch contacts.

However, for a two month stay you really don’t have to run the engine or the generator. It is not that long that it makes a difference. Many RV’s sit unused much longer than that on dealers’ lots before you ever get them.
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Agree with twin boat concerning starting the engine.

Many a farming and construction trucks and tractors etc. Get used seasonaly.
I remember in the 50s grandpa fired the trucks up for wheat harvest.
Checked the tires and hauled the wheat. Gas and diesel.
Farmers use the combines, most all diesel s now one or two seasons a year.

I have seen a piece of specialty construction equipment called into service after sitting idle for 10 plus years.

Still, fresh fluids are your friend.

But does not always get done in those environments.

Very few if ever a blown engine or bent valves or Etc.etc.
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The reason for running the generator is to clean the commutator of the generating part of corrosion or tarnish and dry moisture out of the windings. It's not for the engine.
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For your MH gas engine, treat the fuel with Stabil per instructions when you fill the fuel tank just before long-term parking, then run the generator for at least 15 minutes enroute to your site. This ensures the gas will not deteriorate while in storage. Today' ethanol blend gas begins to go bad in as little as 30 days.
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https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...zer-additives/
https://www.livescience.com/58117-do...ne-go-bad.html
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The reason for running the generator is to clean the commutator of the generating part of corrosion or tarnish and dry moisture out of the windings. It's not for the engine.
Tell that to all of the folks that bought new carburators due to gummed up passages.
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Duh. Of course you're right. Carbs will certainly gum up. I guess I was thinking more of diesels.
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Tell that to all of the folks that bought new carburators due to gummed up passages.
Carlos is correct about running the genset removes moisture from the windings, AND you are right about gummed up carbs from not using Stabil or similar product to prevent gumming and varnish. Both gasoline and diesel of today can begin to deteriorate in as little as 30 days without proper storage procedures.
We will have problems when the powers that be begin to market ethanol/diesel blends.
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