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Old 03-20-2013, 12:25 AM   #11
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According to web diesel gen uses .4 gal per hour and propane used .7 (both full load)
Since diesel costs me 4.25 per gal and propane 2.50 they are equal cost to run and I also can't stand the smell of diesel fumes
I used to own a 45' sports fish boat with twin 660 hp Cummins Diesels. When I cranked it up in the morning to go fishing I would say " I love the smell of diesel in the morning!"

Diesel gensets are very efficient on fuel usage. If you have a diesel motor home, then no brainier. If you are in a TT then you will have to haul diesel or extra propane. Diesel is not as convenient as propane and of you spill any in your tv then you will have to live with smell for some time.. Decisions, decisions....
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:55 AM   #12
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I'll make it an easy decision...Diesel gen is not available at this time. This gen was being built in overseas, for Onan, not "By Onan". They had some electronic issues and decided to change product or plant (not totally sure which). We can't even get diesel gens at this time...not sure when we will get them going forward.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:55 PM   #13
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I have a Solera on order. I intended to order the diesel generator but was told that the diesel units are on back order till the summer. I was originally disappointed but after thinking about it, it occurred to me that if we are traveling and running the house AC at the same time it our travel range would be reduced somewhat. I would have wished for a larger fuel tank on the chassis.

Our last MH was a 2011 Georgetown and I really liked the big fuel tank because of the range it gave. I would in fact have preferred to have carried about 50 gal more than the stock 80 gal.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:26 PM   #14
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I have a Solera on order. I intended to order the diesel generator but was told that the diesel units are on back order till the summer. I was originally disappointed but after thinking about it, it occurred to me that if we are traveling and running the house AC at the same time it our travel range would be reduced somewhat. I would have wished for a larger fuel tank on the chassis.

Our last MH was a 2011 Georgetown and I really liked the big fuel tank because of the range it gave. I would in fact have preferred to have carried about 50 gal more than the stock 80 gal.
Why did you downsize so much from a Georgetown to a Solera?
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:43 PM   #15
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The Georgetown had bunks and sleeping for 8, which we used often. (we put on over 15,000 miles in less than two years) We will now be traveling with just 5 or 6 people in the unit. Also, my wife never drove the Georgetown (too big) but felt quite comfortable driving a Sprinter chassis motorhome. Many of my friends thought I was doing it for the better fuel economy, but the cost of fuel is not the most expensive part of owning a motorhome.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:50 AM   #16
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Propane genset will run out a 20 lb propane tank in 4 hrs. Not very good in my estimation. That is w/2 A/C units running, desert heat. Diesel has 40% more energy/gal than gas, gas is much better than propane, seems like a no brainer but everyone has their own opinions, makes the FRF a better place for info.
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Assuming a propane gen uses .7 gallons per hour at full load and you can fill our 12 gallon tank to 80%, then you can run that gen for 13.7 hours. (12 x 0.8 = 9.6/0.7 = 13.7).

There is only one A/C on a Solera and I doubt you would be running at full load the whole time, so 13.7 hours would be the worst case scenario.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:25 AM   #18
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that adds up to just one very hot day

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you can fill our 12 gallon tank to 80%, then you can run that gen for 13.7 hours.

13.7 hours would be the worst case scenario.
I guess it depends on where one usually camps
we do a lot of camping in the Borrego Desert
sometimes out there one will run their AC
13.7 hours in just one very hot day

out in the desert
hitting over 110 degrees on many summer days
yes
we may call this
the worst case scenario

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Propane genset will run out a 20 lb propane tank in 4 hrs. Not very good in my estimation. That is w/2 A/C units running, desert heat. Diesel has 40% more energy/gal than gas, gas is much better than propane, seems like a no brainer but everyone has their own opinions, makes the FRF a better place for info.
A 20 lbs tank holds 4 gallons of propane so it probably lasts about 5 hours+. LBS is not GALLONS
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I expect to almost never run the a/c from the generator. So for my application the load is pretty much limited to charging the pair of batteries.

I know that 4 days of camping, between stove, fridge and generator I used about 1/4 tank of propane, as measured by both of the on-board indicators.

If I could find solar panels that work well in the shade I would not even need the generator for battery charging.
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