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Old 04-01-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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Generator Exercise question

Our Generator is a Oman Gas 4KW. The manual says to "exercise" the generator for 2 hours each month and specifies a 2 hour stretch is better than several 30 minute runs. Manual explains it clears out gas, etc.

What are your thoughts on doing this and also doing so when going down the road? We have a ride home this coming Friday from camping and so I thought I would hook up the shore line to the plug provided (no auto transfer switch in this model) and give it a run for a couple of hours during the trip home.

Thoughts appreciated? Part of me think running a generator going down the road is not completely wise but the dealer said it was done all the time - and you can always believe the dealer!
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Yes.............running while traveling is just fine........no problem. When exercising the gen be sure to put at least a 50% of capacity load on it.
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Our Genny Runs on the road all the time. Never had any issues.
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Thanks for quick reply. Well, the fridge is not much load. What else? Is it ok to run the A/C going down the road? That would give it a good load.
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Usually we run whatever is needed. 2 TV's Sat System, AC unit, Fridge, Stereo for Surround sound...
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I exercise the genny monthly with air conditioning load for an hour or so.

Running the genny while going down the road is ok to do. We run the air conditioning on the way to next destination on those really hot days, this way there is not a long wait to cool down after arrival.
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If one goes into a business that sells generators, to buy one. There sits two generators of the same brand, same Kw and both used and 5 years old. One has 95 hours on the hour meter and the other one has 575 hours on it. You would buy the one with 575 hours--right. It was exercised all the time. Should be like new right and good to go... About the only reason to run the generator for short time would be to get fresh gas into the gen carb and supply line to the generator. I change oil and filter on the generator. I Sta-Bil my motor home fuel tank (when topping it off), run the gen for 10 minutes and put it away for the winter. Some times during the winter I start the generator just for something to do and to hear it run.
My dog Corky loves to play and exercise. JMHO
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As stated before, running gen going down the road is OK. I personally run mine one hour each month continuously with a load, 2 roof top a/c or heat pumps at least. Adding Sta Bil is a great idea for storage, especially for engines with carburators. However, you still should exercise the gen to reduce moisture and corrosion damage in the windings and electrical components of the generator.
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There's mixed opinions on this subject. There lots of speculation that the (recently added) language about 'exercising' the genny was put there by the company's lawyers, not the engineers.

We have an older Onan genny that is permanently built into a sound insulated box and gets it's fuel from a 5 gallon outboard motor tank. It was put together by my Dad and Uncle in the mid-eighties for one purpose, electricity at our deer camp.

For the last 30'ish years it has been used for 2 weeks a year only. It is run dry and then not touched till the following year.
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