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Old 11-27-2010, 11:25 AM   #15
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Gary, Thanks for the info. Since it is covered and I can't drive it, then I guess I'll try letting it sleep. However I think I will run the generator once a month to keep the stator clean as mentioned by Ken.

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Old 11-27-2010, 09:44 PM   #16
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DO NOT succumb to the temptation to fire everything up once a month. Absolutely no good purpose to be served by that. None. Really.
I have always agreed with the above statement however my manual states that internal combustion engines need to be exercised on a regular basis to ensure an adequate supply of lubricating oil coats the cylinder walls and piston rings. Valve and valve seat surfaces also suffer from non use. Some valves will remain open depending at which part of the combustion cycle the engine has stopped. The heat and cold of the day allows moisture to accumulate through the exhaust system. Start all engines at least twice a month.

I remove insurance from rig during storage time so I cant drive anywhere unless I get temporary insurance. So should I run engine or not?

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Old 11-27-2010, 11:02 PM   #17
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I have my rig connected to shore power during the winter and do not start the engine to warm it up. If I do anything, I take the rig to the beach over a weekend. My charger runs on float and I have a battery tender for the chasis batter since it is not connecte to the charger.

I do run the generator every month.

I do have a dehumidifier in the coach during the winter since we are "wet" here in Washington from November through February. I attach a hose to the dehumidifier and run it into the shower. Since I have a maceratro with a bypass I have the hose out to the lawn and the grey tank drains slowley through the macerator.

All of my batteries have a layer of mineral oil on top of the acid and evaporation is all but eliminated. The battey compartment has much less corrosive build up as well.

Not many problems and she always starts in a couple of seconds with the starter.


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