Dandy Campers

Dandy Trailer Tent / Folding Camper Enthusiasts. Dandy Trailer Tent/Folding camper the best for all year camping


generator advice

mike
mike
Dandy Owner

Posts : 5172
Join date : 2011-06-12
Age : 71
Location : north east lincs

generator advice  Empty generator advice

Post by mike on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 6:03 pm

I have four stroke generator i used in the past for camping,its eight years since i ran it and its been stored in side,is there any thing i should do to it like putting a small amount of lubricant in the plug hole and turning it over without a plug in,or just put fresh petrol in it and go for it.

Helen
Helen
Dandy Owner

Posts : 6837
Join date : 2011-06-12

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by Helen on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 7:09 pm

Wish we could help Mike, I bought a generator a few years back not knowing anything about them and thinking it would be great but the only thing we could run off it was a light. I had visions of it running a hairdryer and hoover amongst other stuff What a Face

We decided not to keep it as it was bulky and a bit noisy for what we got from it. Neutral
vessey44
vessey44

Posts : 202
Join date : 2011-07-03
Age : 35
Location : Scunthorpe,North Lincolnshire

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by vessey44 on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 11:13 pm

Mike,

Change the oil,fresh petrol & it should start up...I have used WD40 down the plug hole & turned it over a few times (You dont want anything to viscous like engine oil),when it strikes up it'll smoke for a few seconds but nothing major

Sometimes the contacts on the coil & flywheel get a small coat of surface rust and need cleaning with some 1200grit wet & dry with WD40 as a lubricant. When you set the coil back upto the flywheel use a folded piece of A4 paper to get the gap correct

I served my first year at work on horticultural equipment & generators Sad I wanted to be working on the tractors but we had to start somewhere
vessey44
vessey44

Posts : 202
Join date : 2011-07-03
Age : 35
Location : Scunthorpe,North Lincolnshire

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by vessey44 on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 11:17 pm

If you want a good quality,reliable & quiet generator then a Honda EU10i is the one...It does move upto its higher rev's when boiling a kettle but powered the girls hair straighteners & hair dryer at the last VW show we attended

Ill be upgrading to an EU20i this year i think

The Honda's are expensive and probably best used alot to justify them but when the sites got EHU its not cost effective with the price of fuel
mike
mike
Dandy Owner

Posts : 5172
Join date : 2011-06-12
Age : 71
Location : north east lincs

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by mike on Sun 29 Jan 2012, 5:36 am

vessey44 wrote:Mike,

Change the oil,fresh petrol & it should start up...I have used WD40 down the plug hole & turned it over a few times (You dont want anything to viscous like engine oil),when it strikes up it'll smoke for a few seconds but nothing major

Sometimes the contacts on the coil & flywheel get a small coat of surface rust and need cleaning with some 1200grit wet & dry with WD40 as a lubricant. When you set the coil back upto the flywheel use a folded piece of A4 paper to get the gap correct

I served my first year at work on horticultural equipment & generators Sad I wanted to be working on the tractors but we had to start somewhere

Thanks i will try the wd40 just thought the cylinders may benefit from a little initial lubrication
vessey44
vessey44

Posts : 202
Join date : 2011-07-03
Age : 35
Location : Scunthorpe,North Lincolnshire

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by vessey44 on Sun 29 Jan 2012, 11:40 am

Another way of doing it is remove the plug lead & keep pulling the recoil a few times like your trying to start it

These small engines are splash fed anyway so it'll get oil onto the bore
Tow Itch
Tow Itch
Dandy Expert

Posts : 3184
Join date : 2011-06-20
Location : Leigh Gtr Manchester

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 29 Jan 2012, 1:04 pm

vessey44 wrote:Another way of doing it is remove the plug lead & keep pulling the recoil a few times like your trying to start it

These small engines are splash fed anyway so it'll get oil onto the bore

If you do this make sure the ignition is off.

Turning an engine over with the ignition lead not grounded through an attached plug will kill a lot of electronic ignition systems.
ShaunJUK
ShaunJUK

Posts : 590
Join date : 2011-09-26
Age : 40
Location : Grimsby

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by ShaunJUK on Tue 24 Jul 2012, 8:33 pm

Hi,

Just to revive an old thread, I have the chance to buy a 1000w silent generator for £50, are sites generally ok with them?

ShaunJUK
ShaunJUK

Posts : 590
Join date : 2011-09-26
Age : 40
Location : Grimsby

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by ShaunJUK on Tue 24 Jul 2012, 9:09 pm

I have found the following about the generator

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Tow Itch
Tow Itch
Dandy Expert

Posts : 3184
Join date : 2011-06-20
Location : Leigh Gtr Manchester

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by Tow Itch on Wed 25 Jul 2012, 1:00 am

ShaunJUK wrote:I have found the following about the generator

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

If the one your buying is the same do you have 120volt appliances? or is yours a UK 240V spec one?
4 stroke every chance to be better than the cheap 2 stroke units you see.
Remember If running any electronic equipment start the generator, then plug in and plug out then stop the generator.
generators may be better now but you used to get voltage spikes on starting and stopping. these spikes would kill electronic equipment.
ShaunJUK
ShaunJUK

Posts : 590
Join date : 2011-09-26
Age : 40
Location : Grimsby

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by ShaunJUK on Wed 25 Jul 2012, 7:22 am

Its UK 240v
Tow Itch
Tow Itch
Dandy Expert

Posts : 3184
Join date : 2011-06-20
Location : Leigh Gtr Manchester

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by Tow Itch on Wed 25 Jul 2012, 8:31 am

Try this UK campsites thread [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

If it starts and there is an output you can't be going far wrong at that price.
It has a good level of silencing. I presume your looking to run for a few hours to maybe watch the TV and charge the batteries.
If you are happy with this generator and go for longer term use there are LPG kits for them .
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
ShaunJUK
ShaunJUK

Posts : 590
Join date : 2011-09-26
Age : 40
Location : Grimsby

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by ShaunJUK on Wed 25 Jul 2012, 12:16 pm

But what are the campsites opinion of them? Allowed? Not allowed? Daytime only?
jake001
jake001

Posts : 340
Join date : 2012-03-10
Age : 73
Location : Warrington

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by jake001 on Wed 25 Jul 2012, 8:45 pm

C&CC UK club site policies, Your Place in the Country page 173:

Noise
(iii) Generators may be used at the discretion of the Holiday Site Manager who will advise on the most appropriate running times. Customers may be asked to refrain from using them if they cause a disturbance.


That seems like a definite maybe Shocked

I think that the answer is that it varies from site to site as to whether and when they are allowed and you just have to check on websites and when booking
ShaunJUK
ShaunJUK

Posts : 590
Join date : 2011-09-26
Age : 40
Location : Grimsby

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by ShaunJUK on Thu 26 Jul 2012, 10:10 pm

Well I got it (too cheap not too)

However I am not sure if I will ever use it camping, unless we go seriously into the sticks somewhere.

Sponsored content

generator advice  Empty Re: generator advice

Post by Sponsored content


    Current date/time is Mon 30 Mar 2020, 5:37 am