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Old 10-02-2016, 05:09 PM   #1
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I've been told that when we are not using the generator, to run it about once a month for an hour or so with a load. My question is: what can I turn on to give it a load? I know the AC would do the job, but it is now cool enough that the AC will not come on. I don't think I could run the microwave for an hour to put a load on it either. How does everyone exercise their generator with a load?
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:20 PM   #2
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The "experts" FMCA says 2 hours once a month at 50% load. I would follow the generator manufacturers recommendations.


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Old 10-02-2016, 05:20 PM   #3
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I first run the furnace, up to around 90, and then run the AC to cool it back down. That gives both systems a workout and provides a good load for the gen set....
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:59 PM   #4
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If your AC unit has a heat pump run that. Or boil some water in your microwave.
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:47 PM   #5
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:21 AM   #6
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X2,... seems like a small electric heater would be the simplest thing to do, just plug it and and let it go,.....
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:37 AM   #7
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Onan says 2 hours per month ... however, some of us winterize our motorhomes. In that event, when not running them 2 hours per month, Onan highly recommends the use of a their fuel stabilizer.
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:45 AM   #8
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I run mine about 15 minutes about every 2-3 weeks when stored.
Just enough to get everything hot.
2 hrs once a month seems excessive to me.
The potential issues are in the carb. Because most of these are not fuel injected.
The jets in the carb will get deposits on them when left to dry out (when the fuel evaporates) when sitting.
Then they run like crap.
I also use Stabil when the rig is going to sit for awhile.

Just changed another pilot jet in one of my motorcycles...again...since they do not like the ethenol based fuels. And I even used stabil.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:48 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone...The electric heater sounds like the best, simple solution. Don't know why that didn't occur to me in the first place. "They say the mind is the first thing to go"
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Dumb question probably but my rig is in a storage lot and I'm planning on pulling my coach batteries this winter and keep them on tenders at home. I don't suppose the genny will start from the chassis battery or when the truck is running? Otherwise I'll bring a battery with me when I do the monthly on the generator.
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