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RVs are the perfect 2020 way to travel. You can drive them anywhere in the lower 48 to enjoy spectacular destinations, with no worries about the COVID-19 hassles of hotels and airplanes.
So it’s more important than ever to maintain and test your RV generator so that you know it’s ready to go — before your travel date.
We’re often called out to service eager would-be travelers whose RV generators won’t start…even though they ran just fine the last vacation.
This happens because most RV owners use their RV generator only a few times a year.
That leaves the fuel in RV diesel generators sitting for several months. As in any generator that’s not run regularly, the fuel often gets sludgy and clogs carburetors or fuel injection components.
The result is an RV generator that won’t run and a delayed, frustrating first day of vacation.
Fortunately, you can easily prevent such delays. All it takes is starting up your RV generator regularly to stir up the fuel and keep it clean.
Run your RV generator for 5-10 minutes every month.
This runtime not only keeps the fuel in good condition, but also doubles as a test to make sure your generator’s running properly. That way, you can have any issues fixed well before you’ve packed the duffle bags for Yosemite.
In addition to a monthly 10-minute run, shut off or get a stabilizer for the fuel supply, then drain the carburetor if you aren’t planning to take your RV for a spin anytime soon. It’s best to use fresh fuel for your RV adventures.
Have your generator serviced annually to make sure that it has enough oil, that the batteries are charged, and that everything’s running smoothly for your next trip.
Yes. All portable generators should be tested monthly in open air (NEVER in a garage or other enclosed place, due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning) and serviced annually.
Other than that, RV and portable generators are pretty low-maintenance.
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