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Old 03-06-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Driving with Generator.

When you are driving do you run with your generator running to cool/heat the coach, and run the fridge, rather than use propane?

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Old 03-06-2014, 06:30 PM   #2
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That's one of the reasons for the generator.

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Old 03-06-2014, 06:31 PM   #3
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Turn on the inverter for the refrigerator...only run the generator for A/C when we have someone with us. Haven't run the heater while underway yet

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Old 03-06-2014, 06:33 PM   #4
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Fenerator Usage

We don't use it for the fridge or A/C but do use it often for use of the microwave to heat stuff for on-the-road knosh. Its been a problem free habit over several years
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:48 PM   #5
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We end up almost always driving and running the generator for A/C in warm summer weather. If you have passengers riding anywhere other than the front seat the dash A/C will not keep the rest of the coach cool enough. Also even when it is just the two of us we have found that the coach cools down much faster once we plug in at our destination if it has been a bit pre cooled by using the generator and coach A/C units to keep the back from getting too hot. We have a 390 RB and learned the hard way arriving at a 90+ degree campsite with what seemed like radiant heat coming from the rear bath floor tile for quite a while after being parked.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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We don't have a motorhome anymore, but did for 4 years, and as soon the rv was turned on the generator was on also. We did not paid big $ to "suffer" on the road! Ac, tv, fridge, micro, all that needs to be working when you travel with
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:17 PM   #7
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I keep my coach plugged in 24/7 at the house and in the summer cool it down before leaving and then start the generator to keep it cool while traveling and once set up at campground it's already nice and cool inside. During colder months I usually don't use it while traveling unless my wife needs power to use the microwave or something else that the inverter is not powering. The generator does not burn that much diesel so I never think twice about running it when needed. My coach is a 2014 and I picked it up in July and I just went over 300 hours on the generator.
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I was told by my PDI guy that it will burn less fuel to run the gen and house A/C than to run no gen and dash A/C. I have not verified this yet. But we usually travel with the gen running. For refrig, A/C, TV and micro when needed.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:02 AM   #9
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I have a 5th wheel now, but when I had my Monaco it was the only way to keep the bus comfortable in the summer months going down the road. I had a QD7500 genset and it burned about .5 gallons an hour running both AC going down the road. I would barely notice the fuel burn rate
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:17 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Scokat View Post
When you are driving do you run with your generator running to cool/heat the coach, and run the fridge, rather than use propane?
I'm glad you asked the question, I was wondering the same thing. My DH took the MH out yesterday and said that when he got to the camp site it was very cool in the coach, now I know turn on the generator and heat or ac.

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