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Old 07-18-2012, 01:36 PM   #15
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Don't forget to change CO detectors as before recommendation of manufacturer, typically 10 years. I change out at 7 years in the sticks and bricks and plan to do the moho every 5 years because of generator use.

I also added an additional CO detector to the moho and have one located by the couch and one by the bed.

I too want to wake up in the morning.

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Old 07-18-2012, 02:03 PM   #16
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Our subdivision lost power last Saturday night about 8:00. When I called in to report the outage, the automated Oncor outage reporting system stated it would be restored by "1:00 pm tomorrow" . So I cranked up the genny and put out the slides and we slept comfortably with A/C runnin out in the motorhome that night.

I will tell you I have a specific fear of carbon monoxide poisoning. We almost lost my sister and stepmother from it back in the 80's. I do have new carb monox detectors, but was still edgy going to bed thinking about possibly not waking up the next morning....I know, silly paranoia... But being aware of it is not necessarily a bad thing, either! There was a slight breeze from the south, so that helped too.

Sunday morning, the power came back on at 0705, a nice surprise.

Awareness is an awesome tool in prevention....just remember that in all things. A good rule of thumb taught to me by my college bound high school english teacher, Mr. Walter Forbes!


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Old 07-18-2012, 02:35 PM   #17
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Carbon monoxide detectors are a god idea even if you are not running your generator but are parked where someone is or might park next to you during the night. We also have more than the factory installed ones.

Running it all night has never been a problem for us, we just think about where we are and use common sense. No need in a CG under normal conditions. Truck stop? Why not all the trucks are idling. In the RV section of Flying J, maybe not or not late anyway. A rest area? Look around and see if you will bother anyone.

We also try to run ours once a month under load to exercise it. A/C is a good load summer, space heater in winter. Ours is also a shut down at 1/4 tank of fuel. A good idea to prevent running out.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:40 PM   #18
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Like others, I have run mine for days, except to shut it down in the morning and the evening briefly just to check the oil.

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Old 07-18-2012, 03:38 PM   #19
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We actually went over to the State Park and tried to get a campsite but they were full, only tent sites available. It rained almost all day today so we stayed home and took it easy. Tomorrow hopefully will be able to visit old St. Augustine and site seeing.
To Don & Mary... yes ran it all night and were very comfy. Again we appreciate all the advise, thank you so much.
Actually I have an unrelated question... We are getting "Sewer Flies" in our motorhome. Any idea how to get rid of them? We purchased some cleaner for the tanks and it seems to have a small affect on them... but they still keep coming!!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:17 PM   #20
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I parked next to a fellow Cannuck in a Cracker Barrel lot on our last trip to FL. He was outside when we pulled up and we chatted a bit. As we did his DW came out with a big cheap box store fan and proceeded to plug it into an exterior outlet and set it down on the asphalt near the genny.

He spotted me looking and said "Cheapest CO protection you can get, spread it out so much it's harmless to everyone."

I guess as long as nobody steals the fan he's ok.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #21
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Have never needed to run the genny that much & we boondock. Guess our temps must be more moderate & we conserve energy.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:26 PM   #22
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Welcome to the forum! I think you have the advice you needed. A used gen is a happy gen!
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:27 PM   #23
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If you are in a campground private or public please check on the generator usage rules. I hate the noise of a generator all day and all night. Some State/Federal campgrounds limit generator use to specific hours per day etc. And I have been parked next to people who don't consider their neighbors. My neighbor's son got sugar dumped into his generator gas tank at a NASCAR event.

Boondocking in a non-campground area usually has no rules. Except for dumping etc.

However since we have hurricanes each year our generator has been a fantastic tool to have.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:37 PM   #24
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Re CO detectors.. as I said, since I installed my Gen-Turi mine are a lot less annoying.

However one night I was parked next to someone .. and THEIR side exhaust generator set my alarm off.. Now I have a personal Gen-turi rule. basically it says do not exhaust your generator in my face, or my RV.

I regulary read "Warnings" about the Gen-turi exhaust betting sucked into the air conditioning system.

I have never, EVER heard of it happening, in fact it can not happen, but still folks who are anti-gen-turi will yammer about it.. I have done the tests myself, I knwo it does not happen, I proved it over and over. PERSONALLY. If it was a danger I"d not be typing this response. (At least not from an earthly Domain).

I also wired the RV with a couple of heavy duty outlets so I could feed (not back feed but feed) the house via a proper gerenator transfer panel.. Came in handy a few times.

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