Generator Jim

Jim Latour, RV Generators and related systems

Jim was born, raised, educated and married in Rhode Island.  He and his wife Jane have 2 ‘children’, one of which is a 48 year old grandmother with 4 grandkids and the other a Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer.  Jim joined the Air Force and saw a lot of remote radar stations in cold places for about 8 years. 

Jim started teaching power generation at Wichita Falls, TX in 1962 and spent 8 plus years teaching and 4 years as the Curricula Programmer for the field interspersed with still more remote, cold, radar stations.  He also helped write the AF promotion tests for Power Production for three years running in the 70’s but says “don’t tell anybody – they’re still mad”. 

Eventually Jim got enough rank to become an Electrical Superintendent/Manager and spent the rest of his 30 year AF career managing the electrical systems of major AF bases.  

Retiring as Chief Master Sergeant in 1987, Jim started a second career as a generator technician, salesman, modifier, and instructor.   He’s conducted seminars and courses on RV and home standby/commercial generators for the past 14 years for ONAN and Generac and finally retired once again. 

On blogging, Jim jokingly says:

“A friend told me about the Open Roads Forum and I’ve been more or less happily giving more or less correct advice on generators as Generator Jim. Now they want me to write “blogs” and I don’t even know what they are – but here goes.”