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Any time there is a burning smell, that equipment should not be ran, except to troubleshoot. You will still need to determine if the smell is coming from the engine electrical or the gen end. If the engine, make sure that the charging system is nit overcharging, this would fry the regulator. If on the gen side, an overhaul of the gen is in order.
You will first need to test the charging system using a multimeter. Smell is a strong indication of where on the unit the issue is located. You would also see discolored wiring where it is getting hot.