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Old 09-08-2015, 09:17 PM   #11
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Living in Central Florida there's hardly a time of year that we leave the drive with the Class A that the gen is not running. Same with our last RV. Fuel consumption is minimal and comfort is greatly increased. Also, when you read about folks complaining how their AC doesn't cool very well, I can't help but wonder just how hot they let the coach and everything in it heat up before they turned on the air and tried to cool it down. So far as oil, if you have a gen with a pressurized lube system it's no different than the chassis engine. If it's a sump style lube, sloshing is what makes it work anyway. I think you'll be very surprised how much nicer warm weather travels are with the gen going.

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Old 09-08-2015, 10:09 PM   #12
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When we bought a new class c, the dealer told us to use the genset. He said the MTBF ( mean time between failure) is 3,500 hours. Not using it does more harm than using it. At 1/2 gallon of fuel per hour, it is cheap to run.

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Old 09-08-2015, 10:34 PM   #13
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We run our propane generator under load (Coach AC on) for about an hour just about every time we drive our rig. I was told that the best maintenance for a generator is regular use.

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Old 09-09-2015, 07:38 PM   #14
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Running the genet while driving is one of the perks of traveling in a motor home. Just have to be mindful of changes in altitude, because they are typically "naturally aspirated" without the benefit of having a mixture control inside the coach (pilots will understand that). Ours just sips gas, but I turn it off when we are getting near the 1/4 tank mark, because the feed sits higher than that of the engine. The other advantage is that on a long uphill pull, like I-15 toward Las Vegas, where you have 10 to 16 miles of steady uphill, and over 100 on the desert floor, you can keep the coach comfortable, while you turn off the engine A/C to maximize fuel consumption (in a gas engine).
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:09 PM   #15
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Actually, I do know what you mean re the fuel mix control, even w/o gnd school that I took a long time ago. Nonetheless, my setup uses the LP feed (8 gal tank I think?) in my Solera 2011 and wonder how long I could run it full tilt using the coach Air as an adjunct to the dash A/C? If any one knows I'd be interested as I haven't had to do "that" yet tho I feel it's longer that I think probably? I do notice that LP-fed gensets do not have to worry about adjusting the air mix as is on the gas variety...the adjustment meter knob is absent.

Hah...last time I was on that I-15 gig towards L.V. and then on into L.A. was way back when I was a kid in the back seat of my folks "Comet" wagon (60's?). No A/C and hotter than Hades of course but we did have an air-fed, water-filled "air"conditioner (cooler) hanging off the window glass and blasting humidified,
cool air into the car...worked fairly well but always had to refill when dried out...
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Old 09-10-2015, 04:18 PM   #16
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Same Here

Like many of you, we run our gen and roof A/C while traveling, and don't even bother with the dash/floor unit. We and our dog stay nice and cool.

Ours has the heat pump A/C, and we've used it several times the past two months at some of the high altitude campsites. Works great, and we aren't burning any propane like we would if we used the furnace. We plan on camping in cold weather this year, and may well travel with it on, too, just like the A/C for cooling, but to keep the motorhome warm. Love the generator!

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Old 09-10-2015, 05:47 PM   #17
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.... Nonetheless, my setup uses the LP feed (8 gal tank I think?) in my Solera 2011 and wonder how long I could run it full tilt using the coach Air as an adjunct to the dash A/C? If any one knows I'd be interested as I haven't had to do "that" yet tho I feel it's longer that I think probably? ...
Believe the Solera propane capacity is 9.8 gallons (tank "water capacity" ~12 gallons). Believe generator consumes by spec 0.6 gallons per hour at half power (about what my 13.5 AC uses; don't know what the larger AC consumes). Result is I should get about 16 hours run time assuming AC never cycles; longer with AC cycling.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:29 AM   #18
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Gens usually have low oil/over heat shut off.

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