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Old 03-25-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Generator use question.

We just picked up a Yamaha ef3000iseb and I am wondering. When using the generator do you run the fridge and water heater on propane or switch over to electric to save propane?
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:54 AM   #2
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We use the generator to recharge the batteries and to run the microwave.
We don't run it for things that can run on propane.
We try to keep our generator time to a minimum.
We prefer to be good neighbors.
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:17 AM   #3
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I agree with the good neighbor policy . We tend to go places where there's usually not a lot of people around.
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We use the generator to recharge the batteries and to run the microwave.
We don't run it for things that can run on propane.
We try to keep our generator time to a minimum.
We prefer to be good neighbors.
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We just picked up a Yamaha ef3000iseb and I am wondering. When using the generator do you run the fridge and water heater on propane or switch over to electric to save propane?
We use the rated capacity of the Yamaha only when running the Air Conditioner when we are "off grid". In its ECO setting, it is very quiet and will charge the batteries and run everything (except microwave, and AC) without ramping up.

We don't use electric for the water heater or fridge off grid because that power draw of the water heater is huge and the generator will be ramping up and idling down constantly.

The Yamaha ef3000iseb (even with the 500 watt boost) will not handle both the water heater on electric and the startup (LRA) amperage required by our air conditioner.

To use the microwave (or the wife's curling iron), we switch off the AC first; then turn it back on after we are done (Just in case the compressor needs to run while we are using those items).
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:34 AM   #6
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If I have to use a generator it is only to re-charge the batteries, not to run the fridge and hot water tank. I dry camp 95% of the time.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:41 AM   #7
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Dittos, generator is only for recharge, microwave, and a/c

Propane lasts a long time running the fridge and hot water heater. We only turn on the hot water heater 30 minutes before a shower and after we are done, we shut off the heater. We shower every other day when dry camping.


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Only time we power up the generator is for A/C, microwave or to recharge batteries because the solar couldn't keep up. If we aren't plugged in to shore power the fridge and water heater are on gas.

Ditto on the good neighbor sentiment

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I think the question may have been misunderstood. The question was "When using the generator" (which means the generator is running) "do you run the fridge and water heater on propane or switch over to electric to save propane?" If there is sufficient capacity in the generator to charge the battery and power other appliances without prolonging the battery charge time, and if you will be charging long enough to make it worth switching over, then why not?

When the generator is running, it's also a good time to use the microwave for cooking, run the electric coffee maker, etc.

I think that's a different question from whether to run the generator for hours on end just to power appliances that can be run on propane.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:16 PM   #10
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IMHO I would think more gas would be consumed running the generator to power the fridge and HW then you would consume in propane running the same.

However, if you do not have external propane tank and planning on an extended stay, it may be easier to refill the gas tank. On our old Sunseeker, we would use about a quarter tank of propane in a week using only the fridge and HW. (We kept the HW on all the time because I also think this is better at saving propane vs only turning on when needed.) It was a different story if the heat was needed which is why we added an external tank.
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