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Old 08-06-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Propane-fired generator

I have wandering eyes today, looking at the generators on Amazon. And ran across a propane-fired generator. Hummm. Anybody have any experience with this?

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Old 08-06-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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I have wandering eyes today, looking at the generators on Amazon. And ran across a propane-fired generator. Hummm. Anybody have any experience with this?

Amazon.com: Buffalo Tools Sportsman Series 1,350W Portable Propane Generator: Patio, Lawn & Garden


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Prpane has less btu's per gallon than gasoline.

Therefore, it will not run as efficiently.

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I have wandering eyes today, looking at the generators on Amazon. And ran across a propane-fired generator. Hummm. Anybody have any experience with this?

Amazon.com: Buffalo Tools Sportsman Series 1,350W Portable Propane Generator: Patio, Lawn & Garden


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Please don't camp next to me: "Operating noise is less than 65 dB"

Compare to Honda or Yamaha at about 53 dB. That's a huge difference. I converted our EF2400i to propane and love it.
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We have a friend with a propane powered Honda 2000 plumbed from the tanks on his Aairstream . Works great.

Downside, if you want to use the unit away from your trailer, you must carry a portable tank.

My Honda is gas powered. Yes, I have to carry a container of gas if I take the generator.

Oh well......
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Pretty much tells the story! I'll keep on looking at gasoline models.

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Yeah...anything that is not encased is going to be loud. And then it still may be. And this is only generating 1350 watts! I researched the heck out of generatprs and spent months mulling over what way to go...like most here, I decided on a two 2000w Hondas. Love em. Have used one extensively by itself and the 2nd (purchased later) when I need the use AC. Go with Honda or Yamaha Inverter models at whatever size seems to fit your needs. You'll get "clean" power and you can't go wrong with either brand. There's always a reason the cheap ones are cheap.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:49 PM   #7
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Pretty much tells the story! I'll keep on looking at gasoline models.

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You can look, and look, and look, or you can save yourself a load of time and trouble by just getting a Honda 2000 or the Yamaha equivalent, and be done with it.

You won't be sorry
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I converted ours 4 Seasons ago, will run on LPG or gas, 18/20 hrs on this tank depending on load.(eco mode) No regrets at all.
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Lynn, you can share my converted Yamaha at Balloon Fiesta; won't run my ac but runs everything else. I carry a 20lb propane tank and use it for cooking, fire dancer or genny, whichever is desired. I have found that to be more convenient than tapping into my house tanks.

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I may do that, Pat! I've been trying to convince Maria of the wisdom of coming up with some cash for a new generator, but so far all I've seen is frowns. Argh!

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Honda usually has a big tent at the Balloon Fiesta. They offer some great deals during the event as well.
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I've been getting ready for more dry-camping in stages: Bought the genny 5 years ago, bought 2 new Lifelines from Lewster last year, just installed new led lights from led4rv this week and have an appointment with Lewster for a new cat heater to be installed at Enchanted Trails just before the Fiesta. Oh - and bought a couple of LaFumas based on the lust and envy I experienced when I tried out the Str8streams' chairs when last I visited the Fiesta in '07.

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Honda usually has a big tent at the Balloon Fiesta. They offer some great deals during the event as well.
They were conspicuously absent last year, if my memory serves me.
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when I was looking at generators I really thought I wanted a propane generator. but I ended up buying a Honda 2000 because I needed it right away after I failed to pick out and purchase the "dream" generator. I found a good gas can that does not leak, and after carrying the Honda on a caravan and using it I few times I find that I no longer want the propane generator. Awful easy to carry a small can of gas and awful easy to fill it up when I need to. I am carying in the bed of a pickup (with locking cover)l. I just pull the gen out onto the tailgate and fire it up and plug in the trailer.
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