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Old 10-07-2016, 10:21 AM   #11
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oil change.

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I made that mistake one time and I've been paying for it since...

I have a Generac 17KW standby genset for backup power for the house and Generac recommended running the factory fill for at least 50 hours run time before changing to synthetic oil.

I didn't. I thought I'd change it at 10 hours, which I did and it has consumed oil ever since. I didn't allow enough time for the rings to seat properly.

Now, I'm stuck with an oil burner....

The engine builders know better than you do. The engineers don't make big bucks for nothing.

Run the initial oil for the OEM recommended change interval, I didn't and now I'm paying the price....
Do you think you could switch back to a convntional or a blend to finish the breakin?
I will double check my gen. manual to make sure it says 5 hours.
For the V-10 I will finish the season with about 2500 miles on it and might change to a blend before putting it up for the winter and so it is ready to go to Florida in Feb.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:01 AM   #12
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I might be able to, never considered that option. The issue with a synthetic oil is it's 'more slippery' for lack of a better term than conventional lubricants, so, instead of my rings seating in and developing the proper wear pattern, I changed out the oil too soon and didn't allow that to happen..

I bought a new inverter genny for the camper and ran the factory oil in the driveway for 10 hours (recommended run time) and then changed it.

I learned the hard way...

My wife and I will tag along to Florida in Feb if you want some company...lol

My wife has been hinting at buying a condo there. Her son lives in there. Don't know if he 'survived' the storm ok yet. He's on the ocean side.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:13 PM   #13
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oil change.

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I might be able to, never considered that option. The issue with a synthetic oil is it's 'more slippery' for lack of a better term than conventional lubricants, so, instead of my rings seating in and developing the proper wear pattern, I changed out the oil too soon and didn't allow that to happen..

I bought a new inverter genny for the camper and ran the factory oil in the driveway for 10 hours (recommended run time) and then changed it.

I learned the hard way...

My wife and I will tag along to Florida in Feb if you want some company...lol

My wife has been hinting at buying a condo there. Her son lives in there. Don't know if he 'survived' the storm ok yet. He's on the ocean side.
Your gen set will probably eventually breakin but it will take much much longer if you use syn. oil.
You are welcome to tag along. We are starting out from here and going to Mobile for a 5 night cruise. By the time we get back to Mobile and continue into Florida the Tigers will be playing in Lakeland where we will catch a couple games, and some rays before heading back home to mid Michigan.
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:09 PM   #14
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In as much as you live close and our wives are of like mind we could possibly get together and buy a condo and get some use out of it.

Her son is there too.

She's been talking about it for a while now. I know we get tired of Michigan winters. especially after January. I hunt until then.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:01 PM   #15
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Thanks for that but we put most of eggs in the MH basket so we can do a little more land cruising and a little less sea cruising. I agree with the Michigan winters and the trip in Feburary every year is my cure for the cabin fever. So much of this country we want to see. Right now, the grandkids are keeping us grounded although we did manage to do a two week cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii a couple weeks ago.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:11 PM   #16
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By the way, prayers for the relatives in Florida and good luck with the hunt.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:02 PM   #17
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We have put about 20K miles on our 2015 Encounter 18 the last 18 months I change oil and filter and lubricate the chassis every 5-6K miles with Ford recommended viscosity synthetic oil. I changed the factory supplied oil at 5k miles. This seems to be a good schedule for me. It is also the same schedule I use for all my other vehicles. I have been on this maintenance schedule for many years and have had no problems with any of my vehicles.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:38 PM   #18
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Just turned 10K on the V-10 Ford, I use the oil that Ford recommends, I do it once a year before the Summer heat kicks in. Same with the Generator, once a year, but I only put a few hours on the generator a year. Oil and filters are cheap, cheap, cheap compared to the alternative.
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