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Old 08-12-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Just curious.....What is the longest that you have run your generator continuous without giving it a rest?

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I guess the longest we have used ours so far has been in a Wal-Mart parking lot for about 12 hours!
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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Just curious.....What is the longest that you have run your generator continuous without giving it a rest?

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We've never gone longer than about 10 hours overnight. I wouldn't be afraid to run it 100 hours at a time if it were necessary... probably not much longer than that since at 100 you should probably change the oil.

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I run it as long as I need it. I have run it two days and nights when the power was out.
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The previous owner of our MH must have ran the genset a lot. 25 thousand miles on the coach, 1,018 hrs on the genset. He was a NASCAR fan and sponsor. Darlington seemed to be his favorite place, I suspect he ran the genset the entire weekend.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:31 PM   #6
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I plan on using mine about 48 hours straight in a few weeks in Atlanta while we are tailgating for the bama VS VA Tech game. I only have 8 on it right now.
I sure hope everything goes well with it , it's new so I will keeping my finger crossed .
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:37 PM   #7
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I have ran my Onan 5.5K for 24 hours, then shut it down for 5 minutes checked the oil level and restarted it for 48 straight hours. 72 total and it burned 5/8 of a quart of oil and 50 gallons of gas. I have 680 hours on my 2006 model.
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I've run mine 4 1/2 days straight, no problem.
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3 1/2 days with no issues. When driving in hot weather, we will consistently run it for 10-14 hours so we can run the air conditioners. When you reach 150 hours on the generator, stop and change the oil, then fire it up again. They are built to run, not sit idle. With proper maintenance you should get several thousand trouble free hours.
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I have ran my Onan 5.5K for 24 hours, then shut it down for 5 minutes checked the oil level and restarted it for 48 straight hours. 72 total and it burned 5/8 of a quart of oil and 50 gallons of gas. I have 680 hours on my 2006 model.
You weren't working it very hard if that's all the fuel you used.
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Just curious.....What is the longest that you have run your generator continuous without giving it a rest?

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48 hours in Camp Walmart. No problem. 100 hours, change the oil. Run forever on that schedule.

Just get a good handle on oil usage, if it is tight, it will run 100 hours without adding a drop. Nascar guys run their gensets all weekend long without ever looking at anything, I suspect your was one of them according to your mileage.
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On one winter hunt, we ran our gen set for 5 days, 24 hours a day. The temps were in the teens and had the engine plugged in so it would start when we needed to leave. The generator was due for an oil/filter change when we got home but that is the 'nature of the beast'!
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11 hours with no problem. I just shut it down to check the oil once during that time.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:33 AM   #14
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72 hours. The diesel generators are built to run for very long periods. I ran one on my boat for weeks at a time. That's what they are designed to do.
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