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Old 05-12-2018, 07:02 AM   #1
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Generator living in the interstate

Just got to Texas around 1pm yesterday and tried my first time without hookup. Just used fridge , air for 3 hours, then fantastic fan overnight. LP tank ran from 85% to 0 by 8am next morning. So if you going to try going without hook up in the hot months, its going to be a little rough.
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Just got to Texas around 1pm yesterday and tried my first time without hookup. Just used fridge , air for 3 hours, then fantastic fan overnight. LP tank ran from 85% to 0 by 8am next morning. So if you going to try going without hook up in the hot months, its going to be a little rough.


What size is your tank?
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:20 AM   #3
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First, welcome to Texas! Yesterday wasn't that hot. It was just a sneak peek at what's to come.


Second, something about your description might not add up. Yes, you will quickly exhaust your propane if you try to stay off grid here in the hotter months. But it should not happen THAT fast. IIRC from other threads, your 2018 Interstate should get at least 16 hours of generator time + a/c out of your tank.
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Thats about right tho, i got there at 1pm, and ran it till 8am. I think its about 18 gallons. It was 90 degrees when I arrived.
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My bad. When you said you ran air for 3 hours, I assumed you meant that you ran the genset for 3 hours (there's that word "assume" again, and we know how that word breaks down into its constituent components).

Unless you are running air, you should try to avoid running the generator at all. Your batteries should take care of the rest. Or if they don't, this forum is replete with stories of upgrades both AGM and lithium.
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Yes, and if you have a spot conducive to it, best with some shade, opening the sliding and rear doors allows a cooling tunnel of air and breeze to run thru your Interstate, avoiding the necessity of using the AC and therefore the generator.

I did this recently during the day at a beach campground, where it was warm but not hot, and stayed very comfortable without AC.

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I was limited in being able to open it up..im travelling with a cat and my screen door fell off, so I had to get somewhere where someone could help me get it back on...it takes 2 people to get it back on and I'm traveling solo. I'll refill and see how it does now that I can open it up more. Love this forum and everyone's input. It is so helpful. Thanks a lot!
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Might get a harness and leash for that cat, too.

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Working on that. This is his first road trip. First 2 days a bit rough. Now he hops in the seat or dash as soon as I turn the engine
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Thats about right tho, i got there at 1pm, and ran it till 8am. I think its about 18 gallons. It was 90 degrees when I arrived.
I haven't experienced that much fuel use with the generator running, I think I get 30+ hours from a full tank on my 2015 which should match yours fairly closely. Here is how I work out the fuel use:

The tank in my 2015 holds almost 19 gallons. The tank isn't really full when it reads full to allow for the propane liquid to evaporate to a vapor and then flow through the system so you should have 15 gals or so at the max. I recall that the generator used 1/3 to 1/2 gallon per hour depending on the load so that would equate to 30+ hours of run time with a full tank.

A couple of caveats here. I'm assuming no propane use for the water heater or the furnace. Stove top use shouldn't really matter, you'd have to cook a ton of food to use a lot of propane. Also, make sure that the overflow/check valve is open during the fill process so you have a full tank when you start, I've had to point it out to a couple of the attendants at the propane fill station.
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Well living in the interstate in Texas with 90 degree humid weather for a few weeks turning out interesting. Parked with a little shade. Turned off everything except fridge after running generator fuel down. After less than 24 hours found my house and chassis batteries almost to zero. Turned on ignition immediately and let it run. Batteries came back up but not sure they will hold a charge. Im plugged in now. I dont know how you can dry camp in heat without sweating it out and no fridge. I do not use water heater. Only turn on water pump intermittently to use water. They call this thing self sufficient, but I find it only self sufficient if you plug in. You do not have much time if its hot with the generator or solar if fridge remains on.
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We generally consider that our camping season ends in April. Resumes some time around October.
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Wow, good to know. My family is in Texas but I left many years ago to Ohio. Tried to get down before the heat, but I'm 1-2 months too late. Will definitely keep that in mind. thanks for the info. The heat has been my issue on this forum, but the bugs are a whole nother story. My interstate is covered in bugs. Hope I'll be able to scrub them off soon.
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We are talking TEXAS heat here folks. It doesn't cool down at night. Just stays in oven mode till about December.
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