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Old 12-02-2011, 07:47 AM   #1
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Generator winter care

How do you care for your Onan during the winter? Is it best to use Stabil Inthe MH gas tank and run the gen set for an hour a month while running an appliance ( space heater).

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Old 12-02-2011, 08:22 AM   #2
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Sounds right to me.

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Old 12-02-2011, 08:27 AM   #3
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I do not have access to the manual for your unit but commercially we do 20 minutes 1 x per week. Personally I do 20 minutes 1 x month.
That is year round.
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i drive the rv to work and back once every 4-6 weeks, running the genny with either the a/c or a heater, depending on the season.
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Originally Posted by Bjsrv View Post
How do you care for your Onan during the winter? Is it best to use Stabil Inthe MH gas tank and run the gen set for an hour a month while running an appliance ( space heater).
Yes. Good recommendation.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:38 PM   #6
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Hello BJsrv, Our coach sits in my back yard so once a month I start the Onan and the V10 up and let run for an hour or two. I put nothing in the tank other than gas and have had no issues, we live in Mn and will be headed for Fort Meyers Fl. second week of Feb. Happy travels to you and your's.
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Check the Onan manual - they are all online.....
Generally, Onan wants to see 1hr+ run times once a month...

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Old 12-02-2011, 03:56 PM   #8
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I have read that the gen set needs to be exercised for an hour a month to heat up the windings so that any condensation is removed.
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I have the 4000 and the manual says to run it 2 hours a month at half load...so I went out and bought a space heater that pulls 12.5 amps...should've remembered about the engine battery as it was dead....which reminds me...it's a new month..guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend

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