Looking to collaborate with several camps on selecting a generator vendor. Silicon Village email: John.Lovejoy at earthlink dot net
By having 5+ camps buy from same vendor:
1. Better pricing
2. They can afford to have on-site spares...very important - in 9 years I have had 2 generators fail during the event.
3. They can significantly reduce the price of on site delivery
4. Likely have on-site tech to assist
5. Generator size from 20Kilowatts to 1000 kilowatts. We are getting a 225-250 KW generator. Also need to rent spider boxes, cables and distribution panel.
I have done RFP's (Request for Proposal) to many potential rental place and have dealt with 3 over the years.
Please email me if you want to collaborate on a vendor. I have two in mind- neither Kohler.
You would think it would be very useful to use the same vendor as BM Org....not so in the past . BMOrg has not made final decision until very late...leaving us in the lurch. When I used Kohler, I could not find the on-site tech. I went to BM Org DPW - and the told me to get lost - no help, nadda. When I finally found the rep, by accident, he told me BMOrg did not allow him to spend time helping camps.
I have been running the generator for our camp since 2004 and would be glad to share experience....summary here:
1. Did Kohler the year of Greening man- tried to do Bio Diesel. Worked with Blue from BM org... When they (Bmorg) initially put in BioDiesel- it clogged the filter (as the genies previously ran regular diesel- bio acts as cleaner...clogging the filters). When clogged, the gennie doesn't run at all. Need to replace filters. Kohler was totally unresponsive, could not find rep; was told that BM org had not only top priority but we, as a camp, had no priority at all. I elected to not run Biodiesel - if we clogged the filter- how could we find another filter. Not happy at all with Kohler....would not use them again.
2. I had wonderful experience with Cashman's and their rep. They absolutely did back flips including replacing generator when the fuel pump failed- did so in 4 hours. That rep has since left and current rep is not as responsive. Will run an RFP to them however.
3. This last year we went with GenTech- Paul Perry. I talked with him about a month ago. He did not think he would participate this year unless he got something like 4-5 generator contracts. His pricing was the absolute best and he was very easy to work with. This is why I want find other camps to collaborate.
4. Noise....something like 55 decibels at 20 feet. No one has ever complained about noise in our camp. We run the gennie 11 days, 24hrs per day.
5. By way of reference - our camp has been between 150 and 250 peeps- likely near 300 this year. Have support 30 RV's- we don't let them run their RV generator in camp, must connect to the gennie. We also support what we call supper tent - tent/trucks with airconditioners...or other high wattage devices.
6. We park the generator in the exact middle of the camp- put in a "road" to allow fuel truck refuel. Give Sierra Fuels a credit card and ask them to keep it full.
7. From the middle we figure max 200 feet from the generator - 100 foot huge cable to spider box. All who need to connect need 100 foot extension cord. RV's must bring a 10 gage cord.
8. Our lead power ranger MacGyver is conducting Power Ranger class for generator support at his house in Mt. View, CA on June 9th - all welcome. Please let me if you want me to connect you.
*****again please contact me to organized collaboration on getting a vendor. *****