Here are all the different things you need to do to maintain your RV generator and how often you have to do them.
1. Inspection of the Generator:
Performing a visual inspection of your RV generator is one of the easiest parts of servicing it. Whenever you exercise your RV generator, you should conduct a visual inspection once a month. Check your RV generator for obvious issues, and make sure it is clean and dry. You should look for leaks, corrosion, cracks, or other damage that may indicate a more serious issue.
2. Check Your RV Generator Oil:
A routine oil change and oil filter inspection are important when you service your RV generator. You’ll find a dipstick on your RV generator, just like on your engine, for checking the oil level. Fill the RV generator with the same oil you’ve already got in it if the oil level is low. You should always look to your owner’s manual for the recommended oil.
3. Battery Connection Test for RV Generator:
In the case of built-in RV generators, you should inspect the connection between the house batteries and the generator. During this time, it is advisable to inspect the battery terminals for corrosion, exposed wiring both in the generator bay and the battery bays, and other possible problems. You should perform a visual inspection every month as part of your RV maintenance checklist.
4. RV Generator Fuel Filters:
Every 500 operating hours, you should change the fuel filters on your RV generator. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for information regarding the location of your fuel filter. There may be two fuel filters on your RV generator in some cases. It is also not advisable to use plumbing Teflon tape. All of these filters have good seals by themselves.
5. RV Generator Air Filters:
In dirty, dusty environments, you may need to replace your RV generator’s air filters more frequently. Your RV generator’s performance will deteriorate drastically if you fail to replace a dirty air filter. You can remove the air filter between replacements and tap out any dirt and debris that has been collected. Your RV generator will perform better if you do this.
6. Spark Plug Replacement:
Your RV generator’s spark plugs must be replaced every 450 hours. Your RV generator stops working if its spark plugs stop working since they produce the spark that runs the engine. Your generator needs one or two spark plugs, depending on its model. This only applies to gas generators. A diesel generator does not require spark plug replacement.
7. RV Generator Storage:
RV generators usually go with RVs when they are stored. You will need to prepare and store your generator the same way you would your RV. RV generators should be stored as follows:
- Conduct a thorough inspection
- Maintain a healthy oil level
- Remove dirt and debris
- If necessary, replace the spark plugs or filters
After ensuring everything is in order, either empty or stabilize your fuel. Leaving untreated fuel in the generator will cause it to go bad and stop working. Today’s gasoline contains a certain amount of ethanol. Water moisture in ethanol can rust engine components. Run the generator until the fuel tank is empty in order to avoid this problem. Alternatively, add a fuel stabilizer liquid to a full tank and run it for a minute. Fuel stabilizers protect your RV generator’s internal parts from ethanol moisture.