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Old 08-15-2013, 03:38 AM   #1
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winterizing question

I m new to owning a Class A motor home, however I have had a 31' 5th wheel for 7 years. this is the first time I have had a genator . Do I have to winterize this or do I have to do nothing with it?

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Old 08-15-2013, 03:51 AM   #2
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Hello and Welcome to the fourm, On mine I just change the oil and check the coolant for level and freeze point, fuel filter, and put her to bed. Some folks start thiers up once a month and let it run for a bit, I do not do that with the engine or generator. Other than that the generator is pretty simple.

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Old 08-15-2013, 04:07 AM   #3
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This is one subject that may get you different answers from different people. It also depends on where you will store your RV during the winter period - is it in South Florida or is it in North Minnesota?

Here is what I would do:
  1. I would change the oil and filter.
  2. I would fill up the fuel tank and add fuel stabilizer - something like this. Notice that the link is for diesel fuel. It comes in a gas version as well.
  3. I would check my coolant and make sure that it is frost proof to the level that I want it.
  4. I would give the generator a good long spin immediately before putting the RV into storage. I believe that Onan recommends that their generators is run for an extended period of time every 4 weeks. I don't have that option when our RV is stored, so I don't do this.

My list will most likely not satisfy everybody' needs, but I am sure that if you you do this, you are not far off the mark.
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I agree with Danes on tour, using the stabilizer is VERY important IMO. I have a Benny with 1200 hours and it starts easy after winterization. I fill up with gas and add stabilzer for the winter
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Sorry meant genny
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