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Old 08-16-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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Generator and power fluctuation?

I have a 4000 W Champion generator that I previously used on my pop-up. When running it on the TT for the first time today, I noticed the power meter in the trailer was bouncing a bit, but still in the green. I took a video with my phone which can be seen here:



Is this bounce cause for concern? I've always hooked up to shore power, but would like to go dry this fall/winter in the desert - but I obviously don't want to fry any electronics or appliances!!

Thanks for any help you may be able to offer!!!!!

This is what the generator looks like:



These are the specs:

196 cc OHV Gasoline Powered Engine
4000 Peak Watts
3500 Running Watts
EPA Certified
CARB Certified
60 Hz Single Phase
AC Load 120/240 V
DC Load 12 V
Fuel Capacity 4 gallons (15 L)
Weight 99.2 lbs. (45 kg)
Height 18.1 inches (46 cm)
Width 18.1 inches (46 cm)
Length 24.2 inches (61.5 cm
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:22 AM   #2
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Can't see the video because of the printing over it but if the voltage is fluctuating there is a problem, more than likely the voltage regulaor or the engine speed governor. Have the generator checked by a competent repair shop.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:17 AM   #3
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i know the cheap generators are bad for delivering voltage fluctuations but that seems really bad. i have put a meter on my honda 3000eu and it is completely stable. the invertor style generators are know for having much smoother power output. that is one of the reasons why i bought the honda eu. good luck with getting it repaired. i hope it is an easy fix.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:43 PM   #4
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thanks for the feedback!
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