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My Impact 36LP runs fine under small load (lights/TV/Fridge), however when I turn on my RV A/C unit the generator slows and stops after about 2 minutes. JD

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The generator is rated for a certain static load. it may also have an intermitent loading. when the critical load value is reached the engine slows down because the load is too much. add together all the wattages of your loads to get a final load in watts and check against the nameplate wattage of the generator.

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