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Old 11-19-2003, 12:11 PM   #1
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propane generators

im lookin into getting a propane generator to help while camping......

im not sure what to look for in terms of what kind of power outage would be sufficient....22' saffari...

any insight would be much appreciated...

thanks
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Old 11-19-2003, 12:54 PM   #2
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You are going to need a bare minimun of 3500 watts 5000 would be better, unless you don't plan on any high draw items like microwaves, crock pots, or AC then if you were careful you could get by with 2000 watts. Why the LP powered and not gas?

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Old 11-19-2003, 12:57 PM   #3
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Gasoline Instead of Propane

FWIW

It's been my experience that Propane and Natural Gas fueled recip engines are more difficult to start than Gasoline.
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Onan 5500 Gold LP

I recently installed this unit in a trailer and I am convinced that this is the cats meow.

It started practically instantly, Utilized LP with very simple installation.

And the best part, you could literally stand within 2 feet of it and carry on a conversation without raising your voice.

I believe the sound rating was a quiet 67 decibels. The quietest unit I have seen to date. Did I mention that it powered a new Coleman AC? along with a full 15 amp load on a Furuno Radar system.

The cost is well worth the product. I intend to have one in my future MH.
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Here's some discussion on using propane for generators. Bottomline is that the same generator is less powerful and consumes more gallons of propane that it would gallons of gasoline. Carrying a 30 lb bottle of propane is probably equivalent to carrying a 5 gallon can of gas. Propane is also a lot more expensive per gallon than gas.
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Ken... you put a Furuno radar on your AIRSTREAM? LOL! Afraid of a big rig backing into it in the fog? Does it do overlay with your GPS?
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Onan 5500 Gold LP
I recently installed this unit in a trailer and I am convinced that this is the cats meow.

It started practically instantly, Utilized LP with very simple installation.

And the best part, you could literally stand within 2 feet of it and carry on a conversation without raising your voice.

I believe the sound rating was a quiet 67 decibels. The quietest unit I have seen to date. Did I mention that it powered a new Coleman AC? along with a full 15 amp load on a Furuno Radar system.

The cost is well worth the product. I intend to have one in my future MH.
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Ken:
You say that you recently installed an Onan on a trailer.
I am very interested in this instillation.
Can you be more specific.
What trailer?
Where did you install it?
Pictures?
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Trailers and Airstreams

Not only do I dabble with Airstreams but the government pays me to fabricate transport vehicles for their mobile communications systems. I was tasked with building an experimental radar system, "BASH" Bird Air Strike Hazard, that is intended for use at Airports. They set this unit on the tarmac and project it out towards the launch and landing path. They look for congregations of birds and or other objects that could cause damage or crashes to very expensive aircraft and personnel.

A photo of the BASH unit. Not an Airstream but I assure you the same care and quality that I expect in an Airstream.
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Outfitted

See all the ammenities?
Automatic levelers, obstruction light, AC, both A/C and D/C electricity, grounding, radar unit........... and yes that is a GPS antenna on the rear of the trailer
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Whoa!! Ken that is ultra cool!!! That looks like a top notch installation.

The main advantage of propane in my opinion, is longer run time and availability of fuel, in a camping situation. Many have converted outboard motor gas tanks to work with their Hondas.

RoadKingMoes is right as rain, when he speaks of propane being more expensive, and certainly less power as propane is 91.500 BTU per gallon vs gasoline's 116,000 BTU per gallon.

I have often thought of converting my EU2000i to propane. But I am getting more use out of it around the farm, than I am camping. At this point, the portablity issue is more important to me than run time. During the "Big Blackout", I filled the tank at 11pm before retiring and it was still running, powering the house fridge at 6AM.
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Storage

My interest was storage of flammables.

Obviously, storing a gas can and transporting in my opinion is more risky that transporting LP in a sealed container.

Also, Airports typically have LP fueled ground equipment and the reason is the same, storage.

I felt that this setup was the best
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propane genset in MH

My MH's owner's manual states that the 4.0 Onan runs off the MH gasoline tank. However, the PO told me that it's now a propane generator, and that he got it that way from the original owner. It has a large diaphram in front of it typical of propane conversion kits. Apparently he either converted it or replaced with a different one.

I was miffed that the genset was not gas at first, but as I used it on the road and off, I found it to be quite easily started, although sort of loud. It powered my microwave and tv. What I like about it is that it won't run down the gas tank if off road as a gas one would.
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kind of confused.....

the fesibility of some of these genrators does not seem so efficient.....in terms of size.......with them being so large one would have to enclose one compartment just for the generator.....no....


what do others do for power where a power hook-up is not available.....
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