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Winter Storm Season: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

January 22, 2021

Winter storm season is upon us, which means the potential for power outages is real. A prolonged power outage is no joke since no power means no heat, and if heavy snow, blizzard conditions and icy roads are part of the mix, it might be challenging to even leave your home. Here are five things you can do to prepare for severe winter weather. 

  1. Back up your power

The first priority, of course, is the health and safety of your family. If you lose power, do you have a plan for keeping your family safe and warm? If you don’t already have one, purchasing a reliable generator should be the first thing on your list. Health and safety come first, of course, but since so many people are now doing everything from home, a loss of power means you’ll lose your connection to the office and your children will lose their connection to school. Uninterrupted power is essential now for the new way of life we are living.   

There are two main types of generators for winter storm preparation: portable generators and home standby generators

A portable generator is great if you only want to back up a few essentials. Portable generators come in different sizes, they run on either gasoline or propane, and they don’t need to be installed. 

If you’d like to power more than just the essentials or even your whole home, you may want to have a standby generator installed. Standbys never need refueling since they’re connected to your propane or natural gas system. Your home standby generator starts automatically when the power goes out and returns to standby when power is restored, ensuring warmth, safety, and uninterrupted connections for your family during a winter storm power outage.

  1. Prepare your home

It’s not too late to prepare your home in case a winter storm hits. To prevent expensive damage from burst water pipes, consider insulating pipes in exposed areas. When the temperature drops, remember to let water drip from faucets served by uninsulated outdoor pipes. Keep the warmth in and the cold out by installing storm windows or insulating your windows from the inside with plastic. You’ll also want to check around your doors for air leaks and add weatherstripping where needed. Keep an eye out for tree branches that might be a danger to your home if they fall. Trim those branches and don’t forget to make sure your roof and shingles are in top condition so they can withstand heavy snow and strong winds.

  1. Stock up on supplies

If you live in an area where ice storms frequently cause power outages, make sure you have a first aid kit, medications, a portable phone charger, batteries, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio, as well as a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food for your family and your pets. It’s also smart to keep your gas tank full and have extra propane or gasoline on hand to fuel your portable generator. 

  1. Secure and protect outdoor items

If you have items outdoors that could be damaged during a winter store, go ahead and store or cover them now. No matter how bad the weather is outside, for the safety of you and your family, it’s never an option to run your portable generator or inverter inside. The best way to protect your generator is with a Champion Storm Shield generator cover. You can run your generator with confidence in severe weather, since the cover withstands winds up to 70 mph, snow loads up to 18 inches and rain up to 12 inches a day.  

  1. Purchase a snow blower

Unless your idea of fun is removing waist-high snow from your driveway with a shovel, you might consider purchasing a snow blower. Give that shovel and your back a well-deserved rest, and get a snow blower. A snow blower can help you clear your driveway after a snow storm in record time, and it could be a lifesaver if you need to leave your home during an emergency. Do you already own a snowblower? If so, don’t forget to get it serviced so it will be ready to go when you need it. 

If you’ve been putting any of these items on the back burner, get prepared now and you and your family will be able to face the unknowns of winter weather with peace and confidence.

It’s RV Season: 6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Generator

August 12, 2020

Travel plans for pretty much everyone have been disrupted in a big way this year. However, many families are still planning to get away from it all and spend time together in the great outdoors, all while staying safe. How? In an RV. 

It’s RV season, and whether you’re brand new to RV camping or if you’ve been doing this for years, now’s the time to make sure you have the right generator to power everything you need so you can relax and have a great time. 

There are several important things to consider when you purchase a generator for your RV. 

Is your generator RV-Ready?

RV Ready means your generator has either a TT-30R or a 14-50R outlet so you can plug your RV directly into your generator without the need for a separate adapter. By the way, TT stands for travel trailer, and the R stands for receptacle. Look for a Champion generator that says “RV Ready.”

Is your generator quiet? 

Campgrounds and parks have noise ordinances for many reasons, and it’s wise to make sure the generator you purchase will stay well within the boundaries of what’s allowed. No one wants to be known as that obnoxious family with the loud generator, plus, you are probably camping to enjoy the wildlife, not scare it all away. Champion inverter generators are quiet and popular among seasoned RVers. 

How much power do you need? 

Do you plan to run an AC, fan, or heater in your RV? Obviously, you’ll need to run your lights and refrigerator, and then think about other items you’ll use and whether or not you’ll be using several of them at the same time, like your coffee maker, microwave, blender, or slow cooker. For entertainment, don’t forget about your TV, satellite receiver, laptop, and gaming console. Champion has a handy Generator Selector that makes it easy to think through your power requirements so you can see which generators will be the best fit for your needs. 

How much does your generator weigh? 

If your generator is on the heavy side, make sure you get one with a handle and a wheel kit so you can move it around on your campsite when you need to. Considering the weight of your generator is important if you plan to take it with you off-site for boating, fishing, or other activities. Many people really love the flexibility of Champion’s ultra lightweight inverters that are parallel ready. If you buy a parallel kit, you can use it to easily connect two compatible inverters together when you have greater power needs. Whenever you need lightweight, portable power on the go, grab one inverter and take it with you.

What type of fuel does your generator require?

You can choose a generator that runs on gasoline or propane or both. A Champion Dual Fuel generator can be operated right out of the box on gasoline or propane, and since only one fuel source is allowed to operate at a time, you can easily and safely switch between fuel options depending on which is most effective for your needs.

What other features are important to you? 

Portable generators for RV use are available with many other special features, such as electric push-button start, wireless remote start, economy mode, USB outlets, surge protector, and much more.   

Whether you plan to travel for the entire season, take a week or two with the family, or enjoy a quick weekend getaway, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve chosen the best portable generator for RV season. 

The Good News About Hurricane Preparedness

June 1, 2020

At this point in 2020 everyone is ready for good news, so do we really need to bring up hurricanes right now? It’s a fact that hurricane season is upon us, but as long as we stay informed and make sure we’re prepared, this doesn’t necessarily have to mean bad news.

The Weather Company’s 2020 Atlantic Hurricane forecast predicts this season to be more active than usual with 18 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). For comparison, an average season has 13 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.

The official Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 to Nov 30, so now’s the time to make sure you’re prepared. 

Due to the fact that many of us are still sheltering in place, it’s more important than ever to make sure the power in our home stays on. Our homes mean safety and protection, and owning a reliable generator will make sure you and your family have peace of mind when a storm hits. 

Here’s a handy to-do list to make sure you’re prepared for whatever hurricane season brings. 

Evacuation Plan: Know the recommended evacuation route, and keep your gas tank full.

Supplies: Keep bottled water and other supplies on hand.

Hurricane Kit: Include a first-aid kit, medications, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, batteries, whistle and local maps.

Copy Important Documents: Back up your computer, and keep copies of important documents in a safety deposit box.

Prepare Your Home: Secure or store outdoor items, and make sure your roof, shingles, and gutters are in good shape to withstand strong winds. Check your trees and landscaping, and make sure you know how to board up your home if necessary. 

Back Up Your Power: If you don’t have a plan for backing up the power in your home, determine what type of generator you need in case of a power outage. 

There are two main types of generators for hurricanes: portable and home standby. 

A portable generator is a convenient solution if you only want to back up a few essentials. Portable generators come in different sizes, they run on either gasoline or propane, and they don’t need to be installed. 

If you’d like to power more than just the essentials, or even your whole home, you may want to have a standby generator installed. Standbys never need refueling since they are connected to your propane or natural gas system. Your home standby generator starts automatically when the power goes out and returns to standby when power is restored, ensuring security and convenience for your family during a hurricane power outage.

Things that used to be no big deal take a lot more time and effort due to the current strain on our country’s resources and the restrictions many of us are under. Now is not the time to wait until the last minute. The security and safety of your family is more important than anything. When a hurricane causes a power outage, you won’t regret your decision to have a safe source of power. 

While the weather is still calm, make the preparations you need so when a hurricane occurs, the good news will be that you and your family are ready.