At StorageVille we happily store all of your summer toys like RVs and boats in the colder months, and we encounter many questions about how to safely prepare your RVs for winter.
Today we will tell you how to safely winterize the generator in your RV.
If you cannot "exercise" your generator during winter storage (once a month running the generator at a minimum of 50% load for two hours), then you should try to take measures that will protect it during extended storage periods.
1. Stabilize the generator's fuel supply using a premium fuel stabilizer.
2. Run the generator for approximately ten minutes to ensure the treated fuel has circulated.
3. Drain the crankcase oil. Refill with fresh oil and replace the filter.
4. Spray a premium brand of fogging oil into the engine until heavy amounts of smoke appear. When this happens shut off the generator. This film of oil will prevent condensation, minimizing moisture damage to the steel of the engine.
5. Remove the spark plug and spray a liberal amount of fogging oil into the hole.
6. Turn the engine over by hand several times to evenly distribute the fogging oil throughout the cylinder. Reinstall the spark plug.
7. Check over the generator carefully. Make sure screws and nuts are tight, replace any damaged or worn parts. Make sure electrical and fuel system fasteners and clamps are tight and in good condition.
If you follow these helpful tips, your generator is sure to withstand Winnipeg's harsh winter climate, ensuring that when spring-time comes, your RV is ready to accompany you on your adventures.