it is an excellent unit. It's an 1800 rpm generator air cooled with a squirrell fan on the end of the crank that allows the unit ot be built into an insulated box for quietness. It's a pretty quiet geni to start with, since it's only spinning half speed.
it's a cast iron single cylinder kohler that'll probably run forever. I had issues with the carberator on mine....then it fell off of the bus at highway speed and suffered some serious trauma...it is heavy enough that when i picked it up with my truck, they used a front end loader to put in in the truck bed.
if it's the same as mine, it's only 110 volts, but that's ok, so are most rv appliances.
The "starter" is actually the generator head itself. When engergized with 12 volts it works like an electric motor....i thought that was a pretty ingenious feature.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)