Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-02-2012, 04:21 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 411
Send a message via Skype™ to Falcon35
I was at a seminar where the presenter told us to be sure to regularly exercise our generator. He suggested a good way to do that was to start you generated and turn on both AC's for one half an hour as you go down the road.
__________________

__________________
2012 Georgetown 378TS Fire Mist
2008 Honda Fit
ReadyBrake™ Surge Brake System integrated with ReadyBrute™ Elite RV Tow Bar
Protect-A-Tow
Falcon35 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 11:53 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
bend302's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bronston, KY
Posts: 685
I regularly run my generator and A/C while driving and do so mainly to exercise the genny. I had a substantial repair bill when my Generator carb had to be removed and cleaned because the previous owner failed to run it enough. 144 hours in 5 years...

I have also heard the rumor that running the roof A/C & generator was cheaper than engine A/C but really don't notice the difference. Would like someone knowledgeable to comment.

And, yes, the battery charge rate is faster with both the engine alternator and the generator running.

Bill
__________________

__________________

Life is a journey, not a destination.
2005 Georgetown 359ts
Bill & Virginia, Kentucky
Nights camped in 2011...78 , 2012...73,
Nights camped in 2013...123, 2014 ...101
bend302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 12:24 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Iggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Desert SW - Arizona
Posts: 6,359
I run my generator regularly but need to do more.
I like the idea of starting the 2 AC units on generator 30 minutes prior to arriving at my campground destination. Here in Arizona that means it will be cooler faster.
Great idea to cool everything and exercise the generator.

Oh don't forget to read your manuals on changing oil and filter.
Mine is 25-30 hours of run time but for a quart of oil and a filter change regularly will make your engine last longer.

Thanks for a great idea!


Question.
Does the Georgetown have a valve to shut off the gas to the generator so you can drain the carborator when in storage for extended periods of time? That way you won't get varnish buildup in the carb.
__________________
2012 Georgetown XL - 378TS 60,000 miles
Life is a journey, not a destination !

Iggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 12:40 PM   #14
CLASS "A" Senior Member
 
cfsoistman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Upperco, Maryland
Posts: 3,135
Quote:
Originally Posted by Iggy View Post

Question.
Does the Georgetown have a valve to shut off the gas to the generator so you can drain the carborator when in storage for extended periods of time? That way you won't get varnish buildup in the carb.
I would think there would be something in line since the generator fuel supply comes from the coach gas tank. I can't imagine if service was needed the dealership would just pinch the line off or at least I'd hope they wouldn't. Looks like I'm going to be climbing under the coach this evening to look for it. I can attest that the generator will shut off once you get down just below 1/4 tank of fuel. Found this out first hand last summer going to Myrtle Beach. Best part was it stopped just as I pulled into the gas station to fuel up.
Once I filled my tank and cranked the generator it started right up. The AC unit wasn't off long enough for a temperature change in the coach.
__________________

2007 Georgetown 370TS
aka - RAYNMKR

Driver: Charlie
Navigator: Sheri
cfsoistman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: CA Desert
Posts: 43
I always put in STA-BIL fuel additive to any gas motor if it will not be run for 4 weeks or longer. The formulation of todays gas allows it to go bad in little as 3 weeks. I've never had any problems while using STA-BIL even when we had a toy hauler that would sit for 3 to 4 months with out running the generator. It would always start up in 2 tries or less. They key is to run the engine for 15 to 20 minutes to allow it get into the entire system.
__________________
concours14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 01:52 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
MotocrossCamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 653
You really don't want to drain your carb for storage if you can help it. It should be started every 2 weeks even in the off season.

If you do drain it you don't need a shut off for the fuel, the generator has its own fuel pump so fuel will not just keep flowing when you empty the carb. Only time it flows is when it's running.
__________________
MotocrossCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 02:29 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
jsutherl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 312
Quote:
Originally Posted by Iggy View Post
Question.
Does the Georgetown have a valve to shut off the gas to the generator so you can drain the carborator when in storage for extended periods of time? That way you won't get varnish buildup in the carb.
Mine does not. I removed my generator once and I used some vice-grips to clamp the fuel line. It's on my list of things to add though.
__________________
2008 Georgetown SE 350DS BunkHouse
jsutherl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 03:39 PM   #18
CLASS "A" Senior Member
 
cfsoistman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Upperco, Maryland
Posts: 3,135
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsutherl View Post
Mine does not. I removed my generator once and I used some vice-grips to clamp the fuel line. It's on my list of things to add though.
Thanks jsuther l, I didn't think there was a valve under there and now I don't have to slide under to look.
__________________

2007 Georgetown 370TS
aka - RAYNMKR

Driver: Charlie
Navigator: Sheri
cfsoistman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2012, 07:23 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Freds342's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 407
I will start my Onan 5500 today at 5:00pm, and won't shut it off until Monday morning, unless the outside temps get below 75 (unlikely during this no-rain, high humidity weather!).

We're going to Lake Isabella, and are parking along the lake shore with no services. My wife's Myasthaenia Gravis condition allows for a narrow range of ambient temps, and I'm thankful for the ability to run the genny where we stay.

On previous trips, with outside temps in the 100-105 range, the MoHo stays a nice 75 degrees at .6-GPH of genny use.

Considering that the CG costs $7.00/night with the Senior Pass, and we're right on the lake, it ain't a bad tradeoff!
__________________

__________________
2005 Georgetown 342DS XL, Full Banks Package
2005 Liberty Renegade 4X Toad
1989 Wrangler Sahara Toad
1984 19.5' Beachcraft i/o 5.o liter, 4-bbl (and you thought your Moho sucked gas!)
D/W Carole and Maggie the Teacup Lab (Black Chihuahua)
Freds342 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
air conditioner

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:33 PM.