Originally Posted by DennisFinley
He also said the oil should be changed every 20 to 24 hours of run time. Is that really necessary ? I mean I canít imagine anyone who dry camps changing the generator oil every 2 or 3 days.
As for the oil change interval, I think you misunderstood. It's important to change the oil for the first time at 20 hours of use, to remove the break in oil. During this period, the oil can accumulate any metal shavings that might have been left in the engine during manufacture. You need to remove these metal shavings. After that, the user's manual for the EU3000i suggests a service interval for oil changes at 100 hours or after 6 months, whichever comes first. IMO, how well you adhere to this schedule will determine the life of your generator's engine. There will always be those who say you don't need to do this but most any mechanic will disagree. If you have minimal use and your camping season only last 6 months out of the year, you MIGHT
get away with changing your oil once per year.