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Old 12-28-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Do you run your RV periodically during the winter?

I am off this week so I went and checked on my Sunseeker. My brother found a leak at one of his windows on his Thor so I wanted to check mine. Fortunately everything was just like I left it. Since I was there I drove the RV and ran the generator for nearly an hour. I plan to do this a couple more times until camping season starts again.

Does anyone else do this?
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:09 PM   #2
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Onan recommends running the generator under 2/3 load for an hour each month. If I don't camp each month I at least start it or drive it as well. If you are not going to use your fuel much you should add a fuel stabilizer so it does not go bad. I try not to have fuel any older than 3 months.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:26 PM   #3
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I drive our unit on a long loop at least once a month. Between drives, at roughly the two week point, I run the genset for an hour or more, under load, while I check out the unit. That schedule keeps the house batteries at a decent charge level and lets me check out everything a couple times a month.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:37 PM   #4
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If you are not going to use your fuel much you should add a fuel stabilizer so it does not go bad. I try not to have fuel any older than 3 months.
I topped off the tank and added fuel stabilizer before I parked it. I always use it on engines that will sit for a few months.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:18 PM   #5
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As long as you run it long enough to get everything at operating temp. Not a problem. This way, any moisture is removed from everything.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:19 PM   #6
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Run both the camper & generator in my in the drive way. Kinda tucked away & tough to take out for a drive.

Any suggestions to put generator under load. I turn AC on but only the fan runs in 30 degree weather.


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Old 12-28-2015, 08:00 PM   #7
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Store RV inside a tight and dry but unheated garage. Use fuel stabilizer in fuel tank and run main engine to operating temp every 2-3 months. Remove fuel and fog the generator engine thus I do not run it periodically. Since I almost never camp without hookups I haven't run the genset for years. A couple times a year I spin the genset on the starter to keep it lubed and free.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:50 PM   #8
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Run both the camper & generator in my in the drive way. Kinda tucked away & tough to take out for a drive.

Any suggestions to put generator under load. I turn AC on but only the fan runs in 30 degree weather.


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You can run a space heater or if you have a heat pump and it's warm enough for it to work you can run that.
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Old 12-29-2015, 01:58 PM   #9
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I run the heat pump, and converter tops off the batteries. I also start the chassis engine if I am not able to drive it and let it run until the engine comes up to temp (usually about 10 minutes)
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:41 PM   #10
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Gmacklem..

Yes, I keep ours active every week. I do winterize the water about jan 15 after our winter beach trip. The question is how much of a pain is it to drive around and return? I guess you cant park at home?
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