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theoldwizard1

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Posted: 03/02/18 08:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The HF 2 stroke generators have a long break in cycle that should be followed ! They have a very short life even if you do follow the break in exactly, so buy the extended warranty. Last buy a couple of spare spark plugs. The original one is junk and is almost guaranteed to give you a problem right after the break in completed.

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There are very few things in my TT that require 120 volt power at all. The microwave and the TV are about it. A very small power inverter runs my TV and I just don't use the microwave.

You could probably use the tractor for a little while to charge the batteries. MAKE SURE YOU DON'T RUN THE ENGINE INSIDE A SHED or anything like that.

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Is the TT sitting by itself, or do you have your tow vehicle? If so, then just hook it up and run your tow vehicle to charge your TT battery. If not, then I'd try the tractor first. Check your battery voltage with a multimeter and verify that the voltage increases when hooked up to the tractor (running). It may not be fast, but would probably be sufficient. No need to buy another generator.


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I’m guessing you were in path of the nor’easter. Forecasters got the high wind predictions correct; 70mph gusts. Did you loose power? How long? We were out from Friday afternoon till Sunday afternoon. Tree took out top of power pole on the state land we lease. Power co had to bring in tracked rig to access and replace downed pole.

100,000s on east coast are still without power
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amp/second-storm-forecast-northeast-already-struggling-power-outages-n853581

Did you use tractor to charge battery?

Used our TT some; warmer than house (low 50s). Used our generator to power trailer and barn. Needed heat lamp for one set of new born lambs. Fortunately didn’t need to pull lambs during power outage since we didn’t have clean running water to wash up after going into ewe to get lambs.


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Plug in the Rover, hook up the tractor , or both.
Keep it simple. Use less fuel than goingto get your generator.


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