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Old 06-01-2014, 08:15 AM   #1
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Question for all. Is it imperative to have a generator. I don't plan on boondocking, but I do think there will be times when traveling I won't have hook-ups. This is for a CC36ckts. And what size if necessary. Thanks
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:34 AM   #2
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What do you want to operate off of a generator if you want to only charge batteries a 1000 watt will do it if you want to sit outside and enjoy the morning while the dw gets ready without having to reset breakers because she is running ac and a blow dryer,curling iron or microwave take a page out of the motorhome book and go with 4000watt minimum.
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I guess the question would be what is necessary to run the "whole sha-bang", with power to spare. Don't want to just make it.
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Also, is it better for gas or propane hook-up to the generator?
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:12 AM   #5
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Propane will likely be more expensive to operate than gasoline. It takes about 1.5 gallons of propane to give the same energy as 1 gallon of gasoline. You can compare costs for your area. In addition to the increased fuel consumption, you loose about 10% of the output with propane because the engine develops less power. You'll have to be the judge of which is more convenient to purchase and handle.
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We have been camping 30+ years & generally do not boon dock. We have never brought a generator with us. I would not buy one unless you decide you need it, you probably won't.

A generator would be nice but alot of upkeep ( We have friends that have a TH with an on board generator & left it not used for two years now it will not start & needs carb. work.

Gas run generators are very common & easy to find. I assume that a propane run generator would be a larger initial investment.


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If you take long trips, are you that well planned so as not to stop at a non-hook-up area? That is my concern. Again, I do not fancy the boondocking idea.
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On our way to where we are we ended up spending the night in a rest area on I-80 in WY.

Generator made the tele and coffee pot work fine the next am while we prepped to boogie.

So IMHO a gen is a needed.
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Also, is it better for gas or propane hook-up to the generator?
There are 3 way (Gas, propane and LNG) conversion kits for all popular generators and I have converted 2 of our 3 (not done the Honda 2000 so far as it just came in). Converted my "whole house" Coleman 6500 and our Yamaha EF3000SeB.

I do that because I can store propane nearly forever and I have to rotate my gasoline every year.

Bought my conversion kits here. Generator Conversion Kits to Propane and Natural Gas.

VERY easy to do if you are even remotely handy.
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I guess the question would be what is necessary to run the "whole sha-bang", with power to spare. Don't want to just make it.
Honda & Yamaha both have 4000 watt generators which would be excellent & quiet. Note that quiet costs extra.
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