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Old 08-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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Can I install a generator

Kicking around the idea of a generator. Can I put an inboard generator on my Sandpiper 315RE? Don't need it a whole lot, cheaper I know for a portable, just not wanting to store/lug around another piece of equipment.
Looking for thought,things I haven't thought about. Or am I over analyzing,.....again lol
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Kicking around the idea of a generator. Can I put an inboard generator on my Sandpiper 315RE? Don't need it a whole lot, cheaper I know for a portable, just not wanting to store/lug around another piece of equipment.
Looking for thought,things I haven't thought about. Or am I over analyzing,.....again lol
Few negatives I see or hear lol
1) trying to sleep because power is out and it's 95 degrees . ( noise) (vibration)
2) heat output . leaving bay doors open to well u get the idea.
3) I'd still be afraid of carbon monoxide even if exhaust is routed underneath.

Just tossing out some thoughts .
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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I have used 2 Honda 2000 generators coupled together for a few years. If you have the coupler, you can get 30 amp service. They are so quiet, you can't even hear them at night.
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I have used 2 Honda 2000 generators coupled together for a few years. If you have the coupler, you can get 30 amp service. They are so quiet, you can't even hear them at night.
But not permanently mounted in the basement of a 5er.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:47 AM   #5
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I store them in the front of the 5er, but I can't vent them properly from there. They aren't very heavy, so I just carry them out.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:51 AM   #6
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Negatives for built in generator:
Expensive
Another fuel tank required
Adds a lot of weight to the RV
Cannot be used elsewhere ( around home if necessary)
Short lived ( according to all the problem posts on the forums)
Very maintenance hungry
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the reply's. Exactly what I'm looking for. Came up with all the same reasons, so, leaning towards the 2 honda 200's. Thanks fellow rver's
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To permanently mount, you are going to pick up a LOT of vibration and noise inside. You will have to modify the exhaust to get the fumes out from either in or under the trailer. You will have a problem filling the tank, is attached to the generator, in a confined space, unless you make a slide out tray, or swing out tray. Not saying it can't be done. A neighbor mounted his on the rear bumper, with welding done to the frame for support, and he still gets more noise and vibration than he likes, but lives with it.I think he mounted a Honda 3000.
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I picked up a Ramsond 3500 new on line for about $1200. Light enough for me to lift and put in the truck bed. Has a 30 amp socket and runs my 13,5 AC. It runs 4 - 5 hrs on a full tank, a little over 1 gal. Also.....Electric Start. Used it several nights on the road at Flying J stops.. no problems...

Also runs computers and electronics with clean power...
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