Determine which items you consider essential to have access to when you are the road. Consider such items as fridges, microwaves, air con units or fans, lights and other small appliances as well as medical devices such as oxygen machines.
- Determine the wattage you will need to power the items you wish to access simultaneously. This is the continuous watts. This will determine the size of generator needed. For example, a 3000 continuous wattage generator will power a fridge, small air con units, microwaves and household items.
Place your generator outside in an open area. It should be located away from doors or windows to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your living area. Make sure the area is dry. If using during rainy weather, place it under a canopy or other covering.
- Consider that generators will make noise. You may want to experiment with different locations. 7-10 meters away is usually a good starting point.
Follow manufacturers' instructions for recommended fuel and oil and for starting and running instructions. A typical 3000-watt generator will hold 6-7L of fuel and will run for approximately 6 hours.
Plug appliances and other items into the generator using a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord that is grounded. You can then plug power boards into the extension cord indoors. Charge your caravan batteries using generator power via the battery charging cables provided.
- Shut generator down and let cool before refuelling.
- Use only the oil listed in the instructions.
- Store fuel in an approved container in a locked shed or another safe area.
- Seek advice from iTechworld if you are unsure of wattage needs.
- Consider starting wattage as well as running wattage when purchasing a generator. Appliances require greater power on initial startup. Check appliances for wattage info.
- Note that Watts/KiloWatts is different from KVA.
- To prevent theft, consider running a metal ring into the ground and secure the generator with a chain.
- Make sure fuel is clean and no water or other liquids have been kept in the jerrycan.