Is it worth the investment to buy a small RV diesel generator? If you are the proud owner of a Recreational Vehicle (RV), than you are aware of how important it is to have sufficient electricity when you are on the road. It’s funny, but we often take electricity for granted when we are in our homes. After all, how often do we flip the light switch and wonder whether or not the bulb will turn on? In our homes, the utility company makes sure that we always have the power that we need. When we are on the road, however, we have to depend on small RV diesel generators. What should we know about these machines before buying one? If you already own one, how can you make sure that it lasts as long as possible? Let’s look at three things: why a small RV diesel generator is so useful, how to make sure it is ready whenever you need it, and how to make sure that it lasts a long time.
A small RV diesel generator can make life very pleasant when on the road. When we have the electricity that we need, we can watch TV, turn on the air conditioning or heating system (depending on the weather), cook food, read, charge a cell phone, use the computer, and even have a warm shower, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. Although there are some safety concerns (like making sure the carbon monoxide exhaust system is working and that this poisonous gas does not enter into the vehicle) a small RV diesel generator is relatively maintenance free. In many RVs, the fuel for the generator comes from the main fuel tank of the vehicle. This means that you never have to worry about filling up the generator separately, because it will always be connected to your main source of fuel. Many generators have a great built-in feature when they sense the fuel level getting low: the generator will automatically shut off, so that you are not left stranded with no fuel in the middle of nowhere.
To make sure that small RV diesel generators are ready to use whenever you need it, it is important to regularly exercise the engine, even when you don’t plan on using it for some time. Why is this so important? Running the engine makes sure that the fuel inside does not begin to break down, which could have the bad effect of gumming up the internal workings of the generator. Does mean that all our generator storage problems can be solved simply by adding a fuel preservative to the mix before putting the generator away? Well, no. The breakdown of fuel is not the only concern when storing your generator for an extended period. There is also the concern of moisture build-up and carbon deposits from lack of lubrication. The only way to prevent these bad conditions from developing is by “exercising” or running the generator at half capacity for two hours, at least once per month. That way, your small RV diesel generator will be ready whenever you need it.
Finally, how can you make sure that your small RV diesel generator lasts the longest amount of time possible before having to be replaced? By following a simple program of maintenance. When given the monthly inspection and maintenance as required by the manufacturer, your generator can last even longer than your RV. How will you know what to do and when? The manual that came with your generator details what maintenance checks should be performed according to the usage (how many hours of running) the machine has had. Pay attention to these logs, and you will greatly extend the life of your generator. As we have seen, it is absolutely worth it to invest in a generator for your RV, because they are so useful. If we exercise them every month, they will always be ready to be used. If we give them proper maintenance, they will surely last for a very long time. Electricity makes life so much better on the road, and a small generator can make sure that you always have the amount that you need.