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Old 12-19-2012, 06:03 AM   #1
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Onan 10k generator block heater

Does the generator installed by newmar have a block heater for winter use? My fleetwood does not, but has a preheat mode that I assume is just glow plugs.
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None of my liquid cooled Onans had a block heater. But my coaches did. I often ran the genny or ran off shoe power to warm up the Coach Engine before I started it. I used the Block Heater for my coach engine a lot when it had been left in freezing temperatures for some time.
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Can you start the generator when it is 0 F outside? I am concerned about what to do if the power grid fails after being hooked up for a while. The engine I will be able to start, but wasn't sure about the generator.
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It might take a couple of tries, but it should start. The preheat feature works well.
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Never had a problem starting my gen in reasonably cold wx as long as the batteries were OK and proper oil was in the gen. (Oil can be like hard greese in extreme cold so suitable oil must be used so engine will crank) In general key is keeping batteries charged or capable of providing power at low temps. Some people use battery blankets.

In extreme cold wx, people use propane or other fuel powered heaters to warm up any engine to make it easier to start. I have used portable heaters on many engines, including aircraft engines for starts in extremely cold weather,

Have not started my RV gen colder than -30C. But I have experienced temps of greater than -50C (about -58F) 7n the arctic and generally when it gets that cold, you just don't shut down while the vehicle is outside. Could not imagine running my RV in those temps and never had an RV in an area where I have experienced -50C.

You can get dipstick heaters for cars, not certain how they would fit RV generators. Have not seen any Generators with block heaters but I see no reason why not,
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I appreciate the replies. It appears as though I have nothing to be concerned with.

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