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Old 01-02-2019, 09:18 AM   #1
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Generator exercise while covered for winter

Was told to run ac while exercising Cummins 4000 for 2 hours per month. Is it safe to operate ac while rv completely covered? Class c Entegra Esteem. Apparently generator needs a load while exercising? Ddsstock44@gmail.com
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You could use an electric heater to do the same. It means, run with a load, any load would work, but something with more load like an AC unit or elec heater should be ok. I use and elec heater for that.
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I would also use two 1500W electric heaters! I wouldn't run the A/C units while covered!
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Take a look in your manual there is a procedure for storing your generator without exercising it.

My Class C is stored with a cover and the generator will not be started until sometime in April or even May.

If you added some Stabil to the fuel and ran the generator before storing you should be good to go.

If you really want to exercise it then just use a heater plugged in inside or outside.

Or make some pizza rolls in a toaster oven. That would be my choice.
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Define 'completely covered' for us.
If it's covered in such a way as to trap the exhaust from the generator, or it's in an enclosed space, then no - don' t do it.
If it's just a protective cover and the exhaust if free, then yes you can run it, but you can't run the AC/Heat pumps because they need to 'breathe'.
However as others have suggested, you can use a portable heater to create the power draw on the generator. And also the water heater, if yours runs on electric.
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Define 'completely covered' for us.
If it's covered in such a way as to trap the exhaust from the generator, or it's in an enclosed space, then no - don' t do it.
If it's just a protective cover and the exhaust if free, then yes you can run it, but you can't run the AC/Heat pumps because they need to 'breathe'.
However as others have suggested, you can use a portable heater to create the power draw on the generator. And also the water heater, if yours runs on electric.
But not the water heater is it's drained for the winter.
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But not the water heater is it's drained for the winter.
For sure!
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Thanks for all your help folks

Wanted to thank all of you for helping me with my question. My so- called manuals from Cummins and Entegra are vague in almost every sense of the word, as is is help from my dealer. Seems as if I have a problem with my 2018 Esteem, which I have after every trip, (5 only)... this is the place to come to. Thanks again. DDS.
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