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Old 05-05-2015, 10:17 PM   #15
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You know where you are headed. Perhaps you can call a 'local' LP dealer to bring you a bigger tank then pick up at end of the show.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:03 AM   #16
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Well that's a little bit of a disappointment… A lot of the dog shows don't have electricity so I'm not sure I've bought the right RV for what I want to do… I want to be able to dry camp for three days with AC since I have dogs with a lot of hair. I guess I could refill On propane after 24hrs but that means breaking down, finding LP and setting up again. Ugh!
Your best bet— in my opinion— is this:
1 - Get a hitch-mounted cargo tray.
2 - Get a Honda gasoline-powered generator. Carry it on the cargo tray.
3 - Get some portable fuel cans, enough to run the Honda generator for three days. Carry them on the cargo tray as well.
4 - At the dog show, hook up the gasoline-powered generator to the shore power inlet.
5 - Run your rooftop A/C for as long as you need.

You should allow the gasoline-powered generator to cool down before refueling, so when it needs to be refilled, switch to the on-board Onan generator for an hour or so until you can safely add more fuel to the portable generator.

Unfortunately, cwf's idea of having a larger propane cylinder isn't practical because transferring the propane from the portable DoT cylinder to your built-in ASME tank is something you're not licensed to do.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:29 AM   #17
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I can think of a few other solutions that may or may not work, depending on the situation.

First, some places can deliver propane to you and refill your tank. A campground near here has this service, and it's likely other suppliers do as well. Someone has to refill that tank at the gas station, right? Try calling around to suppliers in that area and see if any will deliver to a motorhome. (Suppliers like Suburban Propane or the other one I can't think of at the moment.)

Two, simply drive the motorhome to a local supplier and refill, then return. Kind of a headache but not the end of the world.

Three, do you really need the generator full time? For example, is it cool enough at night to shut it off and open the windows and enjoy the breezes? If you can, this will help the most, by far.

Finally, note that the propane tank isn't the only limitation you may run into - fresh water has a tendency to run out, and gray water has a tendency to fill up. One person can probably stretch it to three days without a major problem if he/she is careful about usage, though.
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The vent fans do a really good job of pulling air in and cooling at night, so you can probably do without AC at night.

If you can park in shade, that will help a great deal, as trying to keep things cool in full sun can be a challenge in very hot weather, even when plugged into electricity.

Running a generator for three days straight may draw ire from neighbors.



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I think Protag's suggestion to carry a Honda generator for extra power when you need it is a great solution that would allow you to keep using your Interstate.
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That's a good idea... I will look into an additional generator


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