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Old 04-11-2015, 04:32 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by twinboat View Post
Two lamp cords, two 60 watt bulbs with sockets.

Wire the sockets in series, with a plug on each end. Plug one end in home power and one end in generator. Don't touch or short plug blades.
Adjust engine speed until bulbs stop oscillating. 60 cycles!

A basic engine synchronizer

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Old 04-11-2015, 07:04 AM   #16
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Just plug in an electric clock, that has a second hand, into the RV. Run some load on the generator. Use another clock with a second hand, plugged into your house or battery powered, adjust the generator speed till the second hands match their speed. Simple, cheap and accurate.

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Old 04-11-2015, 07:26 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by narampa View Post
I did something so stupid that I am kicking myself ever since. We used to have a 5th wheel tow trailer and a few years back we bought a class a.

I had purchased a 3500 watt gen set for the 5th wheel an did not let it go when we sold it. I thought we might use it for backup but never did. I would run it a bit every year just to keep the cobwebs out. Seems I didn't get them all out as it started to run terrible just when I thought I better sell it. Ok no problem I dissembled the carb installed a kit and it is once again running great. The problem is the settings had to be changed in order to get the carb off.
The problem is I got rid of my multimeter and a raft of tools when I retired. I had another multimeter at home so I never thought much of it. No Hertz on the meter at home A meter with hertz is too expensive for a one time use.
Any Ideas how to set the cycles without a meter?
Get you a $25 Kill-A-Watt meter.
"Kill A Watt"™ Electric Monitor
It measures hertz and is handy for for other 120VAC electrical monitoring.
(I use mine to check the amp draw of any 120V electric appliance and I leave mine plugged into a outlet to check the voltage of incoming shore/genset power and/or inverter power).
'96 Safari

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