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Generac: Tailgater.

grub54891

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06/08/2010
Yup, when I bought the camper, it came with this cheap "tailgater" Genny. It worked OK last year but I picked up a better one last fall. I figured the tailgater would be ok at the cabin in case the power goes out for two days like it usually does. The thing is rated for six amps, so I looked up the specs on a small ice machine I have, its only 2.5 amps. The genny would not run it, so I took it home to test, it won't even run the small shopvac that worked last year.
Is it a simle fix on these things, or is it simpler to scrap it? The are only $100.00 new.
 

Railroads

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Yup, when I bought the camper, it came with this cheap "tailgater" Genny. It worked OK last year but I picked up a better one last fall. I figured the tailgater would be ok at the cabin in case the power goes out for two days like it usually does. The thing is rated for six amps, so I looked up the specs on a small ice machine I have, its only 2.5 amps. The genny would not run it, so I took it home to test, it won't even run the small shopvac that worked last year.
Is it a simle fix on these things, or is it simpler to scrap it? The are only $100.00 new.
They use a small capacitor to excite the field. It's likely the cap or the connections to the cap are faulty. If its the capacitor? They are cheap as chips to replace. Essentially a ceiling fan motor capacitor.


They are a sealed epoxy filled type capacitor instead of the oil filled motor run capacitors more common to North America.

Robert
 
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grub54891

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06/08/2010
Thank you. I'll take a look at it sometime this week and see what I find. The thing is relatively new so I'm a but mad it failed so quickly. It's called a tailgator, so I'd imagine its not designed to run much, just some lights and radio..... Lol
 

turtmaster

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07/01/2020
Check the voltage, my only other guess besides the capacitor being shot, is the diodes on the rotor.
I've had a few with burnt out diodes.
 
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