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Gimpy
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PostSubject: Generator Care   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:23 pm

I'm not the best at knowing what the parts are called, but a tech once shared the best knowledge of how to maintain your generator. I use this not only on the on board one's on my trailers, but I use them on the 2 I have around the house. The Onan on the trailer gets cycled almost every weekend. The house generators usually every 3 or 4 weeks. This is what I was told to do from the tech.

1. Start the generator and run it without a load for 5 to 10 minutes. This allows something to do with the magnets on the generator to sync.

2. Then put moderate to heavy loads on the generator for about 10 or so minutes.

3. Then take the loads off, allow the generator to run for another 5 to 10 minutes. This allows the magnets, or whatever they are called, to demagnetize.

Again, not sure what the tech terms are called, but I have done this for years and have never done anything to my generators except change the oil.
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PostSubject: Re: Generator Care   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:44 pm

never heard that, I just sta-bil fuel and change oil, never had any problems, on my Hondas.
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PostSubject: Re: Generator Care   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:55 pm

You were told correct! If a generator sets for long periods of time the magnets may become denergized and will not produce voltage. You can renergize them with a 12 volt battery. They call that flashing the field!! I don't think the newer generators have this happen as much as the older ones!
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PostSubject: Re: Generator Care   Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:19 am

I start the generator once a month and turn on all I can to put a load on it. Usually run it an hr or so.

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