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Old 07-28-2016, 01:48 PM   #1
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A Couple of Generator questions ...

We are waiting the 8/30/16 arrival of our FC26U and have great appreciation for all of the hours of info this forum has provided as we prepare for the AS lifestyle.

It appears that the propane driven power is the logical/safe way to provide power to the coach and will likely pursue this.

Question 1: What is the expected LP consumption of the preferred 2kw Blue or Red brand units?

Question 2: Our travels will involve frequent stops town to town for shopping/dining and the like. As we pull over, fire up the gens (for 1-unit only) and go shop for awhile, how long to pleasant cool off of the coach before we could expect to return to have lunch (we are in the hot and humid North Texas area) ?

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Old 07-28-2016, 02:58 PM   #2
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I wouldn't leave a running generator unattended for safety and theft.

This link has a PDF which will give you an idea of how much propane will be used. Two 2k generators will consume more propane.

http://www.genconnexdirect.net/honda...generators.htm

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Old 07-28-2016, 04:29 PM   #3
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A single unit would have to be a 3000. I wouldn't leave one running unattended., either.
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If the generator is deployed and/or running, I'd stay close by unless I like buying replacements for stolen generators on a regular basis.
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You will need two 2K gennies to run the air. Park in the shade, set the fantastic fans to exhaust while you're out. When you return, you will find that the ducted air works well at making it "feel" cool pretty fast, if you feel it's worth it to drag out the equipment. If you have a pickup, you could just leave them in the bed, connect the power cord and fire them up. But as others say, I would not leave the gennies outside while not in a campground even if they are locked down.
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Failed to mention we anticipate permanently mounting the gen (s) in the bed of the TV under the protection of a Leer cap. Having said that, I understand the potential theft and safety concerns!

Thanks for the responses thus far!

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I would never leave 2 generators running unattended in the bed of a locked truck...sorry.

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I would never leave 2 generators running unattended in the bed of a locked truck...sorry.

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Especially if they are running on propane.
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I don't believe gennies running on propane are any more dangerous inside a cap than those running on gasoline. However, I completely agree that I'd never leave any gennies running unattended in the bed of our truck, even if they were under a cap and screwed to the bed of the truck. Just not a good idea.

Your call of course, it's your gennies, your truck, etc.

That said, we love the idea of ventilating the trailer thoroughly via Fantastic Fans while you're away, and then cooling it later when you get back. You might want to think about vent covers, such as the Fantastic Vent Cover (https://www.amazon.com/Fan-Tastic-Ve.../dp/B007HGF398) or the Maxxair vent cover (https://www.amazon.com/Maxxair-00-93.../dp/B000E4AFM0)

Best wishes, congratulations on your new Airstream, and good luck!
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Every campground I've been to has a rule that says generators cannot be left unattended.
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Thanks for all the input! We'll take the advice and not leave the gennies unattended. <Rocinante> We already instructed the dealer to install the vent cover when she arrives.
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DarrelT:

I will let others answer your gen. question. Off thread here but being an owner of a 26U there is a lengthy tread you will be interested in for 26U owners : '2016 Flying Cloud 26U'. We love our 26U but many of us have experienced a catastrophic failure of the U dinette when made into a bed. Our guest crash through it when using. It's dangerous. The thread explains the issue and Airstream acknowledges the issue, now. And have a fix for it that they send parts to your dealer to rectify. Here is the thread and start about 4 pages from the end to get into this problem. I would suggest sharing with your dealer so it can be determined if you have this issue and it can be fixed before taking ownership.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516...139457-15.html

PS: you will love your 26U !!
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Answers to your two questions:

- Our LP converted Honda 2000s burn 2 pounds of propane per hour each +/- a few ounces. The AC requires both running in parallel.

- Cooling a hot airstream in the southern summer sun can take hours. I agree with the other folks as far as a lunch stop goes... find a shady spot, open a window or two, turn on the fantastic fans and you will probably be ok.
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Mounting inside Leer

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Failed to mention we anticipate permanently mounting the gen (s) in the bed of the TV under the protection of a Leer cap. Having said that, I understand the potential theft and safety concerns!

Thanks for the responses thus far!

Darrell
I recently saw a guy with a 23' FC, who had a Honda 3K generator mounted on foam in pickup bed, with Leer cover. (that is a heavy generator, but it was very quiet) He had pop-up side windows and had gas can mounted on his roof....I wouldn't do that, but he seemed fine with it. He would run the hose down to the generator through the pop-up glass side window and he was using the generator quite a bit while they were camped there (3 times a day for 2 hours each)...no air conditioning was needed in Glacier, so not sure why he was running so much, but that's another story I guess.

Anyway, he had 10 gal plastic gas can on top and a quick disconnect on his fuel line so he could disconnect when not in use and lock it up. I agree with others about leaving unattended... I thought the gas on roof was not a good idea, but he seemed ok with it. He had it fastened to a bike rack, next to his Thule storage box.... I think you could easily do this type set up with gas in back of bed or outside on the ground.

Couple weeks earlier, a guy had a larger industrial generator in his pu bed with a topper on it, and it was extremely loud. The Honda type units are quiet, but I would further isolate for sound if mounting in bed, by putting foam under the unit.
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