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Old 02-05-2015, 05:34 PM   #1
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Getting ready to purchase a used Sunseeker 3170ds. Have owned TT in the past, but first time with a MH. Never had a generator before, so my question is how long can we run it while vacationing. We are planning a trip to Texas this summer and know that we are going to be running it 24/7. Any advice?
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:32 PM   #2
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Well, rate of consumption is about .5 gallon at half load. (.3 no load .7 full load)
You have a 55 gallon tank, with the inlet being 1/4 tank up.
55 x 3/4= 41.25 gallons 41.25/.5= 82.5 hours straight give or take.

However when you're at a campsite you'll be plugged in, so no gen necessary.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I just don't want to burn the unit up by over use. So I should be ok running it while driving to keep the interior cool. Yes, plug in when parked at camp site.
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Thanks for the info. I just don't want to burn the unit up by over use. So I should be ok running it while driving to keep the interior cool. Yes, plug in when parked at camp site.
Not quite sure how you could burn it up by overuse??? It is designed to be used
For the intended purposes. Unless your dash A/C isn't working or you have a full baseball team riding in the back, there should be no need to run the generator going down the road.
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Baseball team?

Thanks for the info. There will be seven adults traveling together on this trip, so almost a full baseball team! They will be demanding to stay cool. So will be running generator while driving. But that is all we will be using it for while in motion. Again, thanks for your input.

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We run our generator going down the road with the roof a/c on all the time with no problems. I think it actually saves fuel over running the truck a/c.
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Thanks, glad to hear that. Wife and I have been to Texas many times in the summer and know how hot it can get. Want to keep everyone cool, but didn't want to do any damage doing so. Glad to hear that you have not had a problem.
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Run that generator often and under full load. we have a 2011 3170 pushing 1200 hrs on generator. The onan was built to work and the ones that have problems with them are the ones that rarely run them. Fire it up going down the road crank the air down and have someone microwave you popcorn and enjoy.
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We run our generator going down the road with the roof a/c on all the time with no problems. I think it actually saves fuel over running the truck a/c.
Well, if you do the math, it works out about the same. 8 and 1/2 MPG works out to 7.05 gallons (at 60 mph) per hour. If you drop to 8 mpg using the dash air, you will use 7.5 gallons (at 60 mph) per hour. If the generator uses .5 gallons per hour, it works out darn close to the same total fuel consumed. If you only have two people sitting in the front, the dash air should be all you need to stay cool. No reason to have 2 motors running.........but if it makes you happy to run both, go for it.
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All this math to predict fuel consumption is a guess at best. Many factors determine fuel consumption such as weight, speed, temperature, crosswinds, etc. Sit back and enjoy the country. There's a gas station on just about every corner.
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