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Silas Carpy

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First time winterizing, I think I covered all bases, finally found low point and f.w tank drains. Added pink stuff and pumped through. Star-tron in tank and filled fuel. Parked on tire savers screwed to 3/4 kilzed plywood. Checked engine anti freeze. My question is, how do people put a load on the generator during winter storage? I’ve been running the ac but only goes down to 55 so no load at temps below that. Nothing else puts that much of a draw on gen. I thought about an electric heater but using that in cold will create condensation. Supposed to run gen every month. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Nothing will go wrong with the generator if you don’t put a load on it this winter or next.
Main reason to run it is to run some gas through it and keep the carb from gumming up.
Sounds like you have it all ready for winter!


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Any reason you can't just plug the little electric heater into an outside outlet?....or if no outside outlet, run an extension cord to inside?


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How will using an electric heater in the cold create condensation? It doesn't add moisture to the air, so there's nothing (new) to condense out. If anything, it would (temporarily) remove condensation as the warmer air can hold more moisture, and some of the already condensed water will evaporate or sublime into water vapor.

If you're in with the electric heater, breathing and perspiring, you will of course be adding moisture to the air that can condense out...but that's also true if you're in there without the heater.

IMHO, an electric space heater or two makes a dandy load for the generator. At some times of the year, the combination of a heater and the air conditioner works well, too.





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Does your air conditioner not have an electric heat strip?

If you leave water in the water heater when you winterize, another option is to turn it on - It draws a nice chunk of AC power.

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When running the generator for its monthly winter exercise, I will turn on the toaster, and electric heater. These will give the gen. enough demand.

I do not want to start a battle but why would anyone leave water in their water heater over winter! The water heater needs to be drained, if you winterize your coach thats part of the process.

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Thank you all. Not familiar with electric heat strip on ac so I guess I don’t have that! Water heater is drained so I guess electric heater is the way to go. Thanks again.

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Grit dog wrote:

Nothing will go wrong with the generator if you don’t put a load on it this winter or next.
Main reason to run it is to run some gas through it and keep the carb from gumming up.
Sounds like you have it all ready for winter!


Along with keeping the carb from gumming up, exercising the generator keeps the copper slip rings from building up corrosion and dries out any moisture in the windings. From an Onan owner's manual:

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Two of the 1500 watt space heaters if it is a 4000 watt generator in the winter. The air conditioner in the summer.

Grit dog wrote:

Nothing will go wrong with the generator if you don’t put a load on it this winter or next.
Main reason to run it is to run some gas through it and keep the carb from gumming up.
Sounds like you have it all ready for winter!

And to keep the brushes from corroding, which is why you need at least a 50% load on the generator. While nothing may go wrong this winter or next, letting it sit without running WILL eventually make it non-functional.

Skibane wrote:

If you leave water in the water heater when you winterize, another option is to turn it on - It draws a nice chunk of AC power.

After 20 minutes, the water is hot and the heater cuts off. If running the generator for 2 hours, you need something that lasts longer.


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fill the tank with stabil or seafoam and drive it to stir it up. then run the generator long enough to get it into the carburetor. it will then be fine to sit all winter.


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