Frequently Asked Questions....
Q. Advanced Dynamo Generators seem expensive. Why shouldn’t I just purchase two smaller generators for a lower upfront cost to meet our remote power needs?
A. It is true that two standby generators can be purchased for less than one Advanced Dynamo heavy duty generator. However, on closer examination, that cost difference is quickly eliminated with additional replacement, fuel and maintenance costs. The reasoning behind this observation is this:
- Each of the smaller generators consumes the same amount of fuel as the Advanced Dynamo generator, doubling your fuel costs. This is because the smaller generators are two-cylinders and they operate at a much higher RPM (3,600 vs. 1,800 for the Advanced Dynamo four-cylinder engine). If the cost of gasoline is $3.00 per gallon, if you use the two smaller generators for 40 hours per week it could be adding up to $3,000 per year in additional fuel costs.
- Calculated at the recommended oil change interval of 150 hours for the two smaller generators, vs. the oil change interval of 400 hours for the Advanced Dynamo generator, the maintenance costs of up to 10 additional oil changes per year can add up to another $700 in operational costs.
- Smaller generators have a shorter life span than the Advanced Dynamo generator as they operate at a much higher RPM. Compared to the average life span of the Advanced Dynamo generator at 10,000 hours, the smaller generators with their typical lifespan of only 3,000 hours you would need to replace your two generators at least twice in the same time period.
The Advanced Dynamo generator is built specifically to fit in the generator compartment of the Winnebago commercial RV shell. As it is the smallest generator of its size on the market, it takes up much less room than the two smaller generators. Since space in the basement compartments is always limited, the two smaller generators would use up valuable space that could be used for storage and support equipment.
Q. How can Advanced Dynamo Industries claim a 10,000 hour full load operational service life when other generator manufacturers state a substantially lower service life, or make no claim at all?
A. Advanced Dynamo Industries anticipates a full load service life of 10,000 hours for our generators due to the patented design and specifically chosen high quality generator components. These components include the industrial cast iron Kubota engines, an over capacity AC alternator and the 150% over-sized cooling system. If you follow our simple installation and maintenance prerequisites, your Advanced Dynamo generator will provide reliable power and a long service life.
- High Operational Heat is one of the main factors in premature engine failure. Advanced Dynamo generators are designed to be installed in conjunction with the Advanced Dynamo Heat / Exhaust Riser Pipe System. This patented system is effective in directing the generators exhaust and heat (particularly from the catalytic converter) away from the generator. This allows the generator to operate in a much reduced ambient temperature environment.
- Another common major factor in generator break downs is a lack of adequate lubrication. Starting with the initial 50 hour break-in, the generator oil must be changed every 400 hours using full synthetic Mobile One Extended Duty 10w-30 weight oil. In colder climates we recommend a 5w-30 weight full synthetic oil, and for high heat climates, a 20w-50 full synthetic oil. A high capacity oil filter (as specified in the maintenance guide) is also required at each oil change interval.
- Check the power box every time you start your Advanced Dynamo generator to look for any error codes. The power box VDO identifies any issues and displays an error code so that it is simple to troubleshoot and repair as quickly as possible.
- Your Advanced Dynamo generator will come with a schedule and instructions for all required maintenance procedures. Performing these procedures at their required intervals will ensure thousands of hours of trouble free service.
Q. What is the Advanced Dynamo patented Heat/Exhaust Riser Pipe System, and why is it so important to the operation and life of the 500 Series generators?
A. The Advanced Dynamo Industries patented heat/exhaust riser pipe system works in two very important ways.
- First, the system directs the exhaust fumes up to the roof so that there is no chance for exhaust fumes to accumulate under the vehicle and then enter into the interior of the vehicle through an open window and/or door.
- Secondly, the high heat output from the exhaust components, particularly the catalytic converter, is captured and channeled up and away from the generator body helping to reduce the ambient operating temperature of the generator, thus greatly prolonging its life.
Q. How do I know what generator KW output option I need to adequately supply the remote power needs of my specialty vehicle?
A. To properly size a generator, you will need to develop a complete wattage list of all of the electrical components that will be utilized on board along with their associated maximum operational consumption requirements (quantity x watts at full load = total KW required).
- Click here for a fillable sample chart. Remember that Watts = Volts x Amps.
- Once you have completed the chart, your vehicles electrical needs can be determined. Remember that not all equipment will be running at the same time. When computing your power needs you will need to determine which items will be running constantly, and which will only be running once in a while. Example: Air Conditioners and Heaters do not normally run at the same time
- Consult the experts at Advanced Dynamo. We can help you decide which generator is right for your application.
- Note that as a rule of thumb the generator should supply approximately 120% of your maximum land line draw when everything is turned on. For example: A 50 Amp land line which consists of two legs at 50 Amps each equaling a total of 100 Amps = 12 Kw. 12 Kw x 120% = 14.4 Kw. Therefore you would need a 15 Kw generator.
Q. Can service to the 500 Series generators be performed without the removal of the generator from the vehicle’s generator compartment?
A. Yes. All needed routine maintenance and services can be performed from the open exposed side of the generators. There is no need to drop the generator from the generator compartment for servicing.
Q. What type of oil is required for an oil change and how often is an oil change required?
A. After the initial 50 hour break in period, the oil should be changed every 400 hours with a full synthetic 10w-30 Mobile 1 Extended Duty oil. This oil change interval is clearly stated on a service information decal located on the generator, and is detailed on the 500 Series Oil Requirements Bulletin
Q. Where and how are warranty repairs performed?
A. The 500 Series Mobile generators are warranted for one year from the time of delivery to the end user or 1,000 operational hours, whichever comes first. Any qualified RV Service Center can perform a warranty repair, but Advanced Dynamo must be contacted prior to initiating any repair based on a warranty claim that seeks a labor reimbursement from ADyI.
- After evaluation of the problem, ADyI will authorize and issue a capped purchase order to the service center for the labor and parts required to complete the repair.
- Please direct the service center to contact ADyI before initiating the diagnostic phase, and prior to any work being performed, as ADyI will assist the service center in diagnosing the problem(s) correctly.
- This required warranty repairs procedure is clearly documented on the Generator Set Warranty Policy.