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Using 3,200-Watt Generator at 9,000+ Foot Elevation


I live in Colorado and camp with my RV at altitudes over 9,000 feet. What modification will I need to make to the generator operate properly and provide the power I need at that elevation? Also, I do camp at lower elevations some of the time. Will I need to change the jets on the generator based on the elevation at which I am camping?


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For your 3,200-Watt Inverter Generator # 333-0003 we do have the High Altitude Jet # 333-330717003, which is designed to allow efficient generator performance at higher elevations. This is the highest elevation kit available for this particular generator.

When using any generator at high altitudes the potential issue comes as a result of the lower air density. This causes reduced engine power because the air mass and air-fuel ratio decreases. The high altitude jet offsets this to try and maintain proper performance.

While the jet is technically for up to 8,000 feet it should still work well for the higher elevations you're looking at camping in. We have heard of many customers that use the generators and jet at 9,000+ feet without much issue. Some customers will also take the air filter cover off to allow for more airflow which tends to help a bit. It will also be a good idea to bring an extra spark plug on the trip.

Now once you return to lower elevations you will need to remove the jet. Keeping this on at elevations lower than 6,000 feet could cause damage to the engine.

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Chris R

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