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Old 01-10-2019, 08:06 PM   #1
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Exercising the Generator

So my 19 Pinnacle was ordered with a generator from the factory. I am hooked up full time and was wondering what others have done to exercise the genny. I know it needs a load so I thought turn it on along with other things like heat pump or ac's. Just started to wonder how this is done. Just fire it up and will it switch to gen power? Unplug the shore power first? What do you all do? And if you shut it off with shore power connected Will it automatically go back to shore power? I have a Progressive Industries EMS-PT50X Portable RV Surge Protector - 50 Amp hooked up to the box.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:12 PM   #2
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They recommend that you turn off shore power before you start it and vice versa. That is what I always did.

Also turn off a/c and high current appliances, then back on.
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They recommend that you turn off shore power before you start it and vice versa. That is what I always did.

Also turn off a/c and high current appliances, then back on.
The same here. You want to keep the transfer switch switching to a minimum with high amp loads on it. Hard on the switch contacts.
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It always wise to let the generator engine to warm up for a minute or two before putting a load on it. Trying to start with a load may not work and/or may be detrimental to its longevity.

After a big load it is also a good idea to let it idle a few minutes to cool. Always have the load off when shutting down.

If you are exercising your generator I would assume it has not been run for awhile. Based on that, a quick check of the oil level is also a good idea.
It is also an opportunity to check the air filter, look for oil leaks, fuel leaks, anything out of the ordinary. Best to catch any of that before you start it and before you leave for a nice trip,

I keep a log on the air filter, oil changes and fuel filter changes. A good idea for any engine.
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