Utah County Generator Superstore
Installation & Sales Of Standby & Other Generators
Residents of Utah County who require a whole-house or portable emergency generator should visit the T-Rex Generators online showroom. View our selection of tractor-driven or power takeoff, installed standby, and industrial and work-site portable units. For convenience during a power outage or natural disaster, automatic standby generators are unmatched. Once installed, these machines require no hook-up or preparation to restore electricity to your home or business. PTO or tractor generators, thousands less than standby units with comparable output, provide anybody with a PTO-equipped vehicle an economical means of creating end-user electricity for projects or backup. Or consider taking one of our ultra quiet inverter models on your next camping or hunting trip! These quiet and lightweight generators can be perfect for running the rooftop AC of an RV, and, unlike many conventional generators, are safe for sensitive electronic devices and tools.
Anyone who is purchasing a motorized generator for in-state use should be aware of the role that altitude and summer temperatures have in shaping generator output. The lowest elevation in Utah County is 4487 feet (above sea level), while the highest (at the peak of Mount Nebo) is 11928 feet. Average temperatures in July range between about 90 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit (depending, of course, on location). Why are these numbers important? For an explanation, read on....
Altitude and temperatures have an impact on local generator operation because manufacturer ratings of running and surge watts are always made at sea level, and in moderate to warm temperatures (no higher than 85 degrees). Any deviation from these idyllic generator conditions will begin to erode output. For every five-degree temperature increase (over 85 degrees F), output tapers off by a consistent 1%. An increase of one or two degrees normally won't be tangible. If outside temperatures reach 100 degrees or more, load performance can begin to suffer, especially if a generator is also being operated at high altitude. For high-altitude generator operation, the rule of thumb is 3.5% loss of output (includes both running and surge watts) for every 1000 feet gained in elevation (above sea level). Power loss at any elevation can be calculated like this: altitude of location (we'll use Provo's 4551 average elevation as an example) multiplied by the projected power loss (3.5%) divided by 1000 feet (4551 x (3.5/1000) = 15.93%). In Provo, a 15000-watt residential standby generator will produce in the neighborhood of 12600 watts.
Heat and elevation don't always require a more-powerful generator. If you know in advance, however, that the load you will be running requires full generator capacity (or if all available surge watts are needed to start an electric motor - such as the motor in an RV air conditioning unit), then you will have a choice - between obtaining a larger machine than you would need at sea level or simply not running the load. Any time your intended load is considered critical (you can't afford to have it fail), if it consumes all of a generator's rated (sea level) capacity then you will have no choice but to seek a larger model.
For information concerning generator operation in a USFS campground, contact your local USFS office.
Offices in and around Utah County:
Salt Lake Ranger District
6944 South 3000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Pleasant Grove Ranger District
390 North 100 East
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Spanish Fork Ranger District
44 West 400 North
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
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