how to use a generator

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  1. Hayleylulu

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    thinking of geting a generator can you tell me if you plug it in then start the generator or do you start it then plug it in to the van
     
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    Always start it and let it run a bit before switching on, less chance of a spike

    IMO
     
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    you should start it first and let it run a few minutes to settle down.

    in a perfect world you should turn off the fuse box main switch then plug it in and turn the mainswitch back on. (CC recommend you do this on hookup as well)

    beleive me...not many folks, me included, do this but do let it run for a couple of minutes first.
     
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    My method is to:
    1. Plug cable into van but not genny
    2. Start genny - easier pull if not loaded to provide power.
    4. Get it running without choke.
    3. Plug cable into genny.

    This is not an expert answer - just the way I have always done it. Maybe an expert will come along and tell us how it should be done:Wink:

    Patrick
     
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    Not an expert but I make sure my battery charger unit is off and all 240v appliances are also off to avoid voltage spikes .I then plug genny in van and start up, leave the genny run for a few minutes before switching on battery charger etc
     
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    Just as important:

    How to disconnect from generator...Unplug cable from generator and leave gen. running for a few minutes before shutting down. Never kill genny while current still flowing to van.
     
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    Our genny instructions specifically state that you should start without any load applied and that it should be allowed to run for a few minutes to warm up before apply any load - also that it should be stopped for refueling and that you should restart without load even when warm
     
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    that takes all the fun out of it....:Wink::Laughing:
     
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    Reckon every one is right and in all honesty I really should follow your example.. Hate to admit it ( esp given my background !! ) but I never worry about it
    Though yes, I do of course let the gen settle down before plugging the van in to it but that is more to do with being kind to the genny engine that avoidance of spikes :Doh::BigGrin:
     
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    this one looks good enough for when at a show next to the darkside:Rofl1:
     
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    All good advice, one thing I will add - when your putting it back in the locker at the end of the trip turn it of on the fuel valve and let it run dry instead if turning it of oin the control panel. This will use uop the fuel inn the carb and make it run dry. No stale fuel in the carb and it will help with the smell!
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    Can anyone tell me are they good? I think it is better to plug in to the site?.

    May be silly question but new to moter homing.:Eeek:
     
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    Alivan,

    yes they do the job, and I think you will find they are only used where EHU is not available.
     
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    I would further add to have it unplugged from your MH and also to ensure you do not run out of fuel in normal use. In both these situations the engine can speed up and cause damage.

    Not sure what generator you are proposing to use. If it is a cheap and cheerful, get a surge arrestor at the generator. I used a low budget unit and burnt out the charger in my MH as it ran to fast. Taking delivery of a Kipor today as a result of this near miss
     
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    A surge protector plugged into the gennie is also a good precaution.
     
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    Even better, put the surge protector on th van side of you EHU plug and it will protect you when on dodgy hook ups - they do exist:Eeek:
     
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    This questions was raised on an RV forum.. apparently they are popular in the US. I've done a lot of Googling and not found a simply plug and play product.. only hard wired for the DB.. I came to the conclusion that no one made one.

    If this product were available, others raised concerns about theft of said plug.

    I use a 6 way surge protected socket for voltage sensitive portable equipment

    jim
     
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    Slightly off topic but ...
    How big of a genny do you need ?
    How long does it need to run to charge the battery ?
    Do you leave it on all the time or just when battery runs down ?
    I cant decide between fitting an extra battery or a genny for the occasions we have no hook up .
     
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    I can see I'm gonna have fun when I'm on my own down in Weymouth, all these things to remember :RollEyes:
     
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