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Old 05-10-2015, 09:01 PM   #1
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Is Propane a better fuel than gas for a generator?

I would love to find out from those of you who have used generators in a small A122 trailer Whether installing a propane conversion kit on a 1000-watt or 2000-watt generator is a safer, better fuel choice than gasoline. We can haul a maximum 2700 pounds in our Subaru Outback, so the generator will likely be transported inside the trunk.

If you use gasoline, do you experience gas fumes in your tow vehicle or is the generator sealed well enough that there are no fumes?

How long does gas generally last in your 1000 or 2000 (more than 3.8 hours?)

What other considerations would you have for us regarding propane vs. gas in a small generator?

Thanks in advance for your wisdom.
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I would love to find out from those of you who have used generators in a small A122 trailer Whether installing a propane conversion kit on a 1000-watt or 2000-watt generator is a safer, better fuel choice than gasoline.

If you use gasoline, do you experience gas fumes in your tow vehicle (e.g.,) or is the generator sealed well enough that there are no fumes? Also, on the fume thing..the Honda gas caps have a vent made into cap that you open to run, close to travel.

How long does gas generally last in your 1000 or 2000 (more than 3.8 hours?)

What other considerations would you have for us regarding propane vs. gas in a small generator?

Thanks in advance for your wisdom.
Gas...it's easier to find. No fumes if you carry in bed of pu....my Honda 2000 will run about 4 hrs., but depends on whats being powered up. If I need the ac, I hook up my other 2000 and have made my own extended stay fuel tank....this set-up will go more than 3 days, all day. Wife doesn't need to mess with 'em when I'm not there to re-fuel.
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Hondas have a vent cap that prevents fumes from escaping.
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I've seen where people have adapted or modded plastic totes to carry Honda generators to help reduce fumes within an SUV that come from the occasional spills. The totes also make storage easier because other items can be easily stacked on top. Also consider that if you try using the generator on gas and don't like the smell in you SUV, then you can add the propane conversion later.
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Thx Pooneil, I like your thought of trying it with gas and seeing if smell is a problem before buying the conversion kit. We could do that test before our camping trip.
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Is it easier to find gasoline on the road than propane, to refill a genny? I don't know how easy it is to get propane at/near the various types of camping facilities.
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Is it easier to find gasoline on the road than propane, to refill a genny? I don't know how easy it is to get propane at/near the various types of camping facilities.
No comparison.
Gas is way easier to find.

I don't know of any West Coast state parks that have propane for sale.
Some private RV parks have it available.
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Thx. That was my suspicion (easier to get gasoline), but I was not sure.
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I would love to find out from those of you who have used generators in a small A122 trailer Whether installing a propane conversion kit on a 1000-watt or 2000-watt generator is a safer, better fuel choice than gasoline. We can haul a maximum 2700 pounds in our Subaru Outback, so the generator will likely be transported inside the trunk.

If you use gasoline, do you experience gas fumes in your tow vehicle or is the generator sealed well enough that there are no fumes?

How long does gas generally last in your 1000 or 2000 (more than 3.8 hours?)

What other considerations would you have for us regarding propane vs. gas in a small generator?

Thanks in advance for your wisdom.


I haul 2 Hondas in the back of my Jeep 4 door with no smell of gas. You can turn the vents closed on the gas caps. As you can guess, you need to open the vents before using the gennerators. Don't ask me why this was important? :-)))

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Was it because they needed the air to run longer than a minute or two?
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