Van Park Generators on Nullabor

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 19:23
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Going to travel across the Nullabor and I am wondering if the
Van Park generators at the overnight stops will be safe and not surge causing damage to my appliances in the van .
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Reply By: lizard - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 20:29

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 20:29
What appliances ? TV - battery charger - microwave ? These should be ok - as should Laptops (they usually supplied by a transformer on power lead anyway) ....
The grid is not all that stable anyway - Western Power supply 240->255 volts is the norm - local generators are problably just as stable
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 13:20

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 13:20
if it is such a concern turn them off for the night ,
surely you can go 1 night without them !!!
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 00:25

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 00:25
They will be using the same generator safely for all their electronic equipment, including fuel pumps and communications equipment.

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Reply By: John and Regina M - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 14:15

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 14:15
Andie,
My 38 years experience as an auto electrician confirms that large scale industrial generators, of the sort you are talking about, are considerably more reliable than the 12V-240V inverters most caravanners etc buy to install. Sub $300 inverters are very much made cheaply, most without consideration for vibration, dust, heat and humidity. You only have to look at where most people mount them to understand where I'm coming from.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 08:47

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 08:47
Andie,

Lived with generators all my working life on stations, and they are stable enough to run anything.

The only thing you may notice, if the generator isn't under full load all the time(unlikely) is that those electric clocks will gain time, as the cycles will be above 50hz. Otherwise all good.

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Follow Up By: Andie - Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 19:58

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 19:58
Thanks for that Bob, previous experience 20 years ago wasn't good. Looks like things have improved.
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