Today, I decided to get the new generator going. I added a half quart of oil and filled the 3½ gallon fuel tank. I turned on the fuel valve, put on the choke, switched the ignition to ‘on’ and pulled the start cable. A after hearing a gratifying putt-putt-putt, I pushed in the choke and the engine purred. It was so quiet that The Better Half, who was inside the house at the time, did not hear the generator.
After the initial run, I took the generator across the road to the trailer and hooked the 30 amp electric cable up. I re-started the generator which was still warm and it purred right along.
I went inside the trailer to check the vital signs. Everything looked good on the various system panels. The radio played, lights came on and the refrigerator started up when I switched it on. I opened the pop-out on the side of the trailer which runs on the 12 volt buss.
Now for the load test. I activated the air conditioning unit, got out of the trailer and went back by the generator. When the A/C compressor kicked in, the red overload light came on for an instant and the engine RPM dipped momentarily, but after the surge, the generator continued at normal RPM and took the load just fine.
After the load test, I turned all the systems off except for the battery charger unit and let the generator run for another two hours while we kept an eye on things from the house. The generator runs so quietly that we would have to walk across the road and toward the trailer before we could tell an engine was running.
Following DrJim’s advice, I marked the calendar to run the generator every thirty days or so, while charging the trailer batteries (assuming it has been idle) and marked another anniversary event to change the oil.
We are pleased with our generator purchase. Clickable image above.