Hi Campers, so I wanted to take a minute and tell you a little bit about generators. Unless you are some hardcore camper who doesn’t want or need electricity while you are dry camping, you most likely have a generator in your RV. Generators are easy to use and there are all sorts of different sizes to choose from.
Some RVs come with generators; my Master’s toy hauler has one built in. You can get a portable generator, or you can get one installed in the belly of your RV with a switch inside so you never have to step outside to turn it on. Generator prices can range from $500-$5000 depending on your load, portable or built in, name brand or off-brand.
There are some important, but easy, steps to follow when maintaining your generator.
1. You should always have a minor tune up before your camping season begins.
2. Make sure you follow the manufacturer maintenance schedules contained in
the owner manual that comes with the generator. Onan and Generac, for example, have different schedules.
3. Keep a record of each time you conduct maintenance on your generator. This small step will save you loads of time in the future if you ever have a warranty issue. Keep the invoices for the oil changes, filter and plug maintenance. Believe me, you will be thankful to have them later.
4 – and an important 4th – if you are camping in higher attitudes, (and most of us are!) the generator mixing screw/valve is a very important thing to be familiar with. When you are at a higher altitude the mixture of gas/oil needs to be leaner in order for your generator to run properly. But remember – when you come back down from that high altitude, adjust the mixture back or it will run really RUFF.
If you have any questions about maintaining your generator please feel free to leave them here. I will ask my Master to get back to you lickety-split. Now, I have to go bury a bone and get ready for another weekend of camping and sniffing and hunting.
Your Canine Camper