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|11.B.1 – Generator – Fuel Level greater than 1/4 tank||YES||NO||NI||NP|
|11.B.2 – Generator – Inspected Oil Level||YES||NO||NI||NP|
|11.B.3 – Generator – Starts and Runs||YES||NO||NI||NP|
|11.B.4 – Generator – Tested under load||YES||NO||NI||NP|
|11.B.5 – Generator – Radiator||YES||NO||NI||NP|
|11.B.6 – Generator – Oil Analysis Performed||YES||NO||NI||NP|
|11.B.7 – Generator – Coolant Analysis Performed||YES||NO||NI||NP|
|11.B.8 – Generator – Brand||Onan||Cummins||Other|
|11.B.9 – Generator – Model Number||Manufacturer Label||Not Visible|
|11.B.10 – Generator – Serial Number||Manufacturer Label||Not Visible|
|11.B.11 – Generator – Hours of Operation||Generator Monitor||Interior Control Panel||Other|
|11.B.12 – Generator – Radiator Reservoir and Hoses Condition||A||F||P||NI||NP|
|11.B.13 – Generator – Transfer Switch||A||F||P||NI||NP|
|11.B.14 – Generator – Voltage output under 50%% load||AC Volts|
|11.B.15 – Generator – Frequency under 50%% load||Hz|
Let’s delve a little bit into this:
- 11.B.1 – Generator – Fuel Level greater than 1/4 tank: this is interesting, when generators first were put in RV(specifically Class A and C), the tap into the fuel tank to run them(assuming gas/diesel) into the main tank was near or at bottom. People would boondock, run their generator and then have no fuel left in tank to run engine to be able to leave. It was re-engineered to pull at the 1/4 tank level for generator so there was fuel left in bottom of tank to be able to drive away.
- 11.B.2 – Generator – Inspected Oil Level: this is done before we run it, if not enough oil, inspection on generator will NOT be done.
- 11.B.3 – Generator – Starts and Runs: self-explanatory
- 11.B.4 – Generator – Tested under load: Usually running an air-conditioner will be enough to put a load on the generator to make sure it can keep up with the load.
- 11.B.5 – Generator – Radiator: Does it have a radiator and does it look ok?
- 11.B.6 – Generator – Oil Analysis Performed: an option you can purchase is to have fluid analysis done for the generator.
- 11.B.7 – Generator – Coolant Analysis Performed: an option you can purchase is to have fluid analysis done for the generator.
- 11.B.8 – Generator – Brand: Who makes it.
- 11.B.9 – Generator – Model Number: What is the model?
- 11.B.10 – Generator – Serial Number: What is the serial number?
- 11.B.11 – Generator – Hours of Operation: How long has it been run, amazingly longer is better, do you exercise yours at least once a month?
- 11.B.12 – Generator – Radiator Reservoir and Hoses Condition: What do the hoses and reservoir look like, damaged, leaking?
- 11.B.13 – Generator – Transfer Switch: Do you know what a transfer switch is? Here is a link to description: Transfer Switch
- 11.B.14 – Generator – Voltage output under 50% load: Make sure voltage does not drop too low, aka generator is being overworked at 50% of load
- 11.B.15 – Generator – Frequency under 50% load: Frequency is Hz, normal electric in the US is 60Hz, check to make sure it does not drop
Next week we will check out inverters.
See you next week 🙂