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Old 09-02-2011, 09:20 AM   #15
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i guess you have never torn down an engine that has been improperly stored. lots of corrosion compared to an engine that has been run consistently or properly pickled.
You are absolutely correct. The other half of the story is, i never will.

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Old 09-02-2011, 07:51 PM   #16
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dont blame you. lots of work, but its cool to see a bunch of nuts, bolts, and castings turn into a painted, running engine in four days. always enjoyed that aspect of my previous career.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:19 AM   #17
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Tires have natural lubricants built into them. These lubricants are designed to be released as the tire flexes when driven. If you leave them sit too long they can flat spot. If you just turn them a bit you'll rotate the flat spot but it won't be enough to release the lubricants so that they can work through the sidewalls. If you really want the best for your tires they should be driven for a decent period of time as much as possible.

The reason for the generator exercise is to burn any condensation out of the windings. The Onan manual requires running it at a minimum of 50% load for something like an hour or so every month. In fact, they have been known to deny warranty coverage on gensets that have barely been used.

Granted, if you don't do this every month your coach won't fall apart but if you do, things will last much longer.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:52 AM   #18
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Birddogman- I can understand the desire for some authoritative studies. Probably not going to happen. As to tires, motor oil, gen exercising, etc. the accumulated wisdom presented here is sound and based on knowledge of types of problems that crop up w/stagnant vehicles once put back into service. IIWMI'd stay w/your routine, and consider the process part of the retreat. Best of luck with the care giving.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:05 AM   #19
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If you leave them sit too long they can flat spot.
You would think all those RV's sitting on a Dealers lots in the same spot for months at a time. Would show up on a test drive and lose a lot of sales until the tires were replaced. Funny I have never noticed any complaints on flat spots from ones doing test drives of RV's on any forums.

My tires sit in the same spot and do not move for over 7 months a year.
Yet when I drive it. There is no noticeable vibration, bouncing, shimmy etc.

Only reason mine have no problem that I can see.
Is it is stored in a outside temperature that rarely see anything below 40.
Or Good Year G670's are built to withstand flat spotting and rivering stops flat spotting.
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The reason for the generator exercise is to burn any condensation out of the windings. The Onan manual requires running it at a minimum of 50% load for something like an hour or so every month. In fact, they have been known to deny warranty coverage on gensets that have barely been used.
What does your Onan manual say to do if you put your generator in storage? What's the difference between storage and not using it for three or four months?

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I'd be good with a road trip every 3 to 4 months. Since you are staying in the MH from time-to-time, running the genny as prescribed should be easy.

Best wishes on your situation. I was my wife's care-giver for about 9 months when she was quite sick. I hope not to have to do that again.

Thank God, she's now well.
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I'd be good with a road trip every 3 to 4 months. Since you are staying in the MH from time-to-time, running the genny as prescribed should be easy.

Best wishes on your situation. I was my wife's care-giver for about 9 months when she was quite sick. I hope not to have to do that again.

Thank God, she's now well.
Thanks for the kind thoughts. Unfortunately, it's been nearly a year now and my wife getting better is not an option (massive stroke).
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Do I understand that some of you change the oil and fluids prior to winter storage? Service pricing here in AK: Generator $380.00, Cat C7 and Allison transmission $1000.00. I realize thats cheap compared to repairing or replacing either of the components. Just curious as neither the Cat nor the Allison dealer has recommended that to me.
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