04-06-2013, 12:48 PM
4 Rivet Member
2002 31' Classic
Join Date: Oct 2004
Originally Posted by dkottum
Seems to be going in the wrong direction installing something inside the trailer that produces a great deal of heat, noise, engine odors, and carbon monoxide if your goal is comfort.
Doug, as to your "cons":
- Onan Microquiet 4000, 33 amp genset installed curb side under rear twin bed with access through curb side under bed exterior storage door.
- Heat - All cooling heat is vented curbside/under the AS.
- Noise - Due to VERY indirect intake/exhaust cooling air and excellent muffler, noise is VERY minimal; outside the AS beside the genset one can converse in normal voice; inside the AS up front the airconditioner makes more noise and thus the genset is not noticable; in the rear the genset does create a muted "droning", but this does not inhibit sleep any more than a floor fan.
- Engine odors - None
- Carbon monoxide - None so far (have a monoxide alarm), but I do have to keep rear windows closed as wind can cause exhaust fumes to enter if blowing in the right/wrong direction.
- Security - Simply can not be stolen (unless entire Airstream is stolen).
- Convenience - No set up time.
- Starting - Push button in kitchen to crank and within 2 minutes the airconditioner and all other appliances are operative; VERY convenient during rest stops.
- Vibration - EXTREMELY minimal.
- Runtime - ~50 hours on ~25 gallons of fuel.
- Stopping - Push button to stop, get in vehicle and drive away.
- Back-up Power - Since I keep the Airstream in my back yard I use the genset to power my home when the gid has gone down.