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Slymer

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Posted: 09/06/20 04:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Outdoor Canadian winter storage.
Take both batteries out, but now I have to run the propane gennie for an hour each month. Do I have to put a battery back in, or use a battery booster pack,.....OR,.....can I just plug it in to 110 volt and bypass the batteries to get the gennie started ??? Putting a battery back in/out monthly would be a pain.
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A propane gen should not gum up like a gas genny. Do you also run it on gas? If so run the gas out and drain the carb then run some seafoam in it. Put a small amount of light oil in the cylinder. And turn the engine over by slowly pulling crank.

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Strictly propane. It was stock on the 2013 AF 811's. Cummins/Onan.

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I’m not sure why it would take you hours and hours to get your generator back going or why you need to run your generator during the Winter an hour each month. What was wrong, or what did you do to fix it?

You should be able to prime the generator and as long the battery is good, you shouldn’t have an issue getting it back running. One other hint to to ensure the propane lines are full by running other items like the stove.

I’ve had the case that the propane fuel had either water or too much additive in it. That caused my generator to sputter.


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Fire and fuel
After the cold is past make sure you have a spark at the plug then light your propane stove to make sure your regulator is working and lastly with strong battery try to start the genny.

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You don't need to do anything to the propane generator during the winter or any other time it sits for long periods.

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I live in ohio I start my pp in nov and again in april never had a problem.

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A booster pack should work to get it started.


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Posted: 09/07/20 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Slymer - if a propane engine will not start even after sitting for weeks something is amiss.

Our propane fueled motor vehicles back in the day had vacuum actuated and electrically actuated fuel shut off valves to stop the flow of fuel if the engine stopped turning or ignition power was disconnected - not sure if generators have such safety devices?

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Most of my hours & hours were spent on Google, and trying the possible fixes I found there. I have it going now (unknown why), but the manual clearly states run monthly, under half load, for 45 minutes. The booster pack will be much easier than re-installing the batteries. Thanks folks.

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