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Old 08-27-2007, 04:21 PM   #15
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Getting to 80% can be more difficult at that time of year because some of the big draws (AC, heat pump and electric water heater) are not available due to the temps.

Does running a cold soaked engine for an hour a month really help in removing excess moisture from the engine? I'd think the freeze thaw cycle may cause problems rather than reduce them.
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:45 PM   #16
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bob Russo:
Getting to 80% can be more difficult at that time of year because some of the big draws (AC, heat pump and electric water heater) are not available due to the temps. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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We have the same problems you do with winter. I pick one of the milder days and run the generator with a plug in electric heater hooked up. It is enough of a load to work for me. I have done this with 4 different generators now and no problems. I may extend the 1 month schedule to 6 weeks from Jan to Feb 15 when our weather is the coldest.

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I go out once a month with a couple pelonis cube heaters spend a few hours watching tv.
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Was just looking at my operators manual to check the viscosity vs temperature. Since I use 15W-40 I don't have worry about winter vs summer weight.

In addition to the heater and TV, I might as well throw the coffee pot on and have a hot drink.

Can't believe I'm asking winter questions already.
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Winter? Boooooooooooooooooooooooo! Boooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:23 AM   #20
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Some generators will loose their field if stored too long without running them.

My portable includes directions on hooking up a battery to the brushes to re-establish the field if this happens.

I don't think I would want to do that at a momment when I really needed or wanted power to be available quickly.
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In addition to some plug in space heaters and watching TV, you can use the microwave to heat up your favorite "hot totty," make some pop corn or your favorite treats while you're watching the football game :-).
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The internal magnetism is refered to as "residual magnetism" and is present in a generator. An alternator must have an outside power source to excite the field and create the magnetism.
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Excitation thats a new one for me,My Kubota single cyl. diesel runs like a top, but puts out no electricity. maybe that excitation is whats lacking. My problem is finding someone who understands such things the dealers around here know less than me and thats pretty bad. Thanks for the info about moisture in the windings an excitation, Now I have a start.
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I've had large generator heads re-wound at a Mom&Pop type shop that rewinds large electrical motors for irrigation pumps and well pumps. If you are near a rural community that has irrigated farmland you can ask some farmers; who in the area works on their motors for their pumps? That kind of shop will know about generator windings and such and how to re-magnetise the generator head. Electricians that do not do motor work on a regular basis usually dont keep up with the specialized skills needed to fix generators. Be warned that getting a generator head rewound is about 60% to 70% of the cost of a complete new head but if done by a quality shop, will be better than from the factory.
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It's a good idea to run the air conditioners even in cold weather to lubricate the seals, etc. This is even more feasible with new units which act as heat pumps and thus cycle similarly as long as temps are above freezing which hopefully does occur a couple of days duriong winter &lt;BG&gt;
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ecker:
It's a good idea to run the air conditioners even in cold weather to lubricate the seals, etc. This is even more feasible with new units which act as heat pumps and thus cycle similarly as long as temps are above freezing which hopefully does occur a couple of days during winter &lt;BG&gt; </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The coach A/C is a sealed system and does not need seals to be lubricated. The chassis A/C does need to run to keep the compressor seal wet.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RustyJC:
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