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Old 12-07-2015, 06:30 AM   #1
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Putting generator under load in cold temps

Wondering when I crank my QD 6000 once a month or so in very cold weather, what is the best way to put it under a good load like it is required . It is so cold, of course the air conditioners won't come on what else could I do to put under a significant load for a short while to exercise it. Just a thought came to me, might could raise temp in coach with furnace then turn the air on???Maybe answered my own question Any other quicker steps to doing this?? Thanks !!
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Just a thought, but do you have an electric heater ?

I use the electric heat on our "fire place" and watch TV whilst I exercise mine.

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I run my gen for 1 hour each month and run a 1500 watt electric portable space heater while gen is running,put it on top of stove cover,unplug right before shutting down gen.It is not a huge load but I would think enough.?
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I run my gen for 1 hour each month and run a 1500 watt electric portable space heater while gen is running,put it on top of stove cover,unplug right before shutting down gen.It is not a huge load but I would think enough.?
Yea, such an easy answer for what for me was a brain f**T.... We do have a electric heater, hopefully large enough to do the load thing...Too damn early, just was on my mind and never gave it much thought. Thanks!! Somehow I just thought by meaning a good load, the air compressors just came to my mind....17 brain cells will only go so far.....
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Wondering when I crank my QD 6000 once a month or so in very cold weather, what is the best way to put it under a good load like it is required


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I run my gen for 1 hour each month and run a 1500 watt electric portable space heater while gen is running,put it on top of stove cover,unplug right before shutting down gen.It is not a huge load but I would think enough.?

Well for a QD6000 which is 6000 watts capacity, a 1500 watt heater is a pretty light load....if you plugged in two heaters, then you would have about 1/2 load (3000 watts)
which is what is usually recommended
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To prevent such problems, it is recommended to run gasoline generators at a minimum of 50 percent capacity (2000-watts, or one air conditioner for a 4000-watt set) for two hours once every four weeks. This is necessary to help keep moving parts lubricated, expel moisture and control fuel varnishing in the carburetor. A long two-hour exercise period is preferable to several short periods. While traveling, this can be accomplished by running the air conditioning. If you own a diesel generator, regular exercising can help reduce internal condensation and helps keep seals lubricated.
I turn on the water heater to electric, one floor electric heater, and both heat pumps if temperatures are not below 40 degrees.
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Forgot to mention I am winterized and temps have been in mid 20's. Being new to keeping generator in top notch shape I need to come up with a regular monthly routine. Thanks all for the good information.
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Blow dryers, boiling a gallon of water in the microwave along with space heaters are good loads for generator exercising. Pass on the water heater if you have winterized. That would work for about 10 seconds before the element cooks itself open.
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I pre heat the convection oven and plug in a couple of electric space heaters.
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Blow dryers, boiling a gallon of water in the microwave along with space heaters are good loads for generator exercising. Pass on the water heater if you have winterized. That would work for about 10 seconds before the element cooks itself open.
Thanks for help. I think I finally got the gist of it..
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Thougn I do not recommend 1500 watt space heaters in an RV except possibly in the washer/dryer outlet if so equipped... 900 watt (Same heater on low) not a problem.. One heater to a circuit though.. No more

Circuit is defined as a circuit breaker
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Why does a generator need to be started and why then does it need to be loaded?

An answer besides an anecdotal one would be appreciated.
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Putting generator under load in cold temps

The generator needs to be exercised under at least a 50% load for at least an hour once a month. That's not just me flappin' my jaws...it is what the generator manufacturers recommend. This allows both the engine and the generator to get up to full operating temperature. That is hot enough to evaporate any moisture that may have accumulated in the generator windings.

Moisture in the windings of the generator can be very harmful.


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Rich has it right
We have a 12.5KW gen set.
To load it correctly I have to turn on both elements (2000 watts each) in the AquaHot and turn on both floor heaters (2000 watts each). But I don't like to run the floor heat with the slides in so I guess I need to turn on the dryer.
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