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Posted by vaughn on June 24, 2010, 2:49 pm

Yes, no reason why not.  That said: there is a vague classification of
generators called "Prime Power" generators that are truly made to run 24/7/365.
This is a portable "standby" generator, so is not made to that standard (not
even close!) but is fine for occasional duty that may run into weeks.

An air-cooled generator loaded and used within its specifications will get as
hot as it is going to get in 15 or 20 minutes.  perhaps sooner.  There would be
no reason to let it "rest" every few hours, except to give your ears a rest,
save fuel, and check the oil.

Yes.  They are bigger, heavier, quieter, & more expensive.  There is a reason
why most cars have water cooled engines!


Posted by hamilton on June 24, 2010, 2:53 pm

On 6/24/2010 8:49 AM, vaughn wrote:

Thanks, thats is what I wanted to know.

This also makes sense.


Posted by GregS on June 24, 2010, 3:09 pm

How about refuel.

Of course I have done that without shutting off during amateur field day.
I did like to check the oil.

You should have a shut offf valve after the fuel tank, and this is
absolutely required for storage inside.

You can make sound baffles for noise.

Ground rods are nice.

Exactly how your going to connect to devices is always interesting.

Posted by RoyJ on June 24, 2010, 3:25 pm

Ground rods are MANDATORY for what the OP wants to do!!!! There should
be a ground rod pounded in near where the unit will parked when running,
a nice #8 copper wire going from the generator chassis to the rod. A
ground strap from generator to trailer frame. This goes double if it is
expected to running in semi flooded conditions or near salt water.

Yep. setups that are code legal for the 99.8% of the time you are on
grid power and that are flexible for alternate power take some planning
and $$$

Posted by amdx on June 24, 2010, 4:36 pm

  Ya! The initial purpose is to keep 12 chest freezers running.
Now that I have a 9,600 watt generator, there is some thought about
getting a transfer switch installed, so I can have air conditioning during
a hurricane power outage.

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