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Old 10-18-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Trifuel Yamaha EF2000iS better than sex...

...almost!
Just received my trifuel from Central Maine Diesel. Nicely modified, clean factory look. I hooked it up to my AS propane connection, primed it, and it started like a charm. Ran it to charge the batteries a bit, no problem. It is so quiet. There was some question about the hose size and the load, but it is not an issue for battery charging and internal DC use. I did not try heavier load.
I bought this unit for battery charging if solar does not get it done and maybe the microwave. I have no intention of using it for air conditioning although one reason I picked this model is the capability of adding another one and having 4kw for AC.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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catchy title. But it made me feel sorry for you...

I have considered that yamaho though. seems like a sweet option. The only other thing I thought about was having a stainless tank welded up and put between the frame members to keep gas in for a generator.

A motorhome uses gasoline. Why not put a gas tank between the frame members and put in a generator. The only thing different between a motorhome and a trailer is the engine.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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I received a joke e-mail from a friend the other day, and it was different posters for men.

One of the posters said, "My sex life is just like my Farrari. I don't have a Farrari."
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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Nice thing about having the multi-use option is not having to bring more than a 1/2gal of gasoline.(just in case)


I did the conversion on our Honda 4 Seasons ago, best generator up-grade I did, along with the gasoline shut-off valve and tach/hour meter. Runs cooler,cleaner and longer between fill-ups. Another nice feature is being able to adjust the mixture to compensate for altitude.

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Old 10-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #5
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Why would you need gasoline with 60 lbs of propane capacity? I have a 11 lb propane tank and regulator that I thought about taking along as a backup, but I am not sure I would ever need it. Just more junk to put in the truck.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #6
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Either I know nothing about generators,

Or

You know nothing about sex.




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Old 10-18-2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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Why would you need gasoline with 60 lbs of propane capacity? I have a 11 lb propane tank and regulator that I thought about taking along as a backup, but I am not sure I would ever need it. Just more junk to put in the truck.
Whats the point of multi use if you don't multi use.

If I need to generate other than when Streaming I have that option.

I always start the genset on gas just to make sure everything is OK.

LPG can be hard starting in the colder weather.

It's easier to start on gas let it warm-up, shut off gas supply, when starts to stumble, switch on the LPG.

When winterizing I start on gas, warm-up, shut off petcock, when it stalls drain what little gas is still in the float bowl. Remove spark plug, fog the cylinder, add Sta-bil and change the oil.

We 'dock a lot and it's nice running the genset away from the AS in it's own tent.


Consequently it runs on it's own pancake tank.(18-22hrs,no ac)


Sweet Streams...

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my impression was that propane has a lower burning compression than gasoline. (something like that) End result is that generators that run on propane cannot generate the same number of watts that a generator running on gasoline can.

As far as the two 30 lb tanks, I've heard of folks running out of propane in the winter. If I'm in a place that gets freezing at night, I may have to conserve propane.

Just thinking through if I could create the best case scenario, it seems easier to drive up to the gas station and fill my trucks gas tank at one pump, and the trailer's gas tank at the 2nd pump. Just seemed like an easy option, and the generators could run a long time if needed.

I didn't realize there was a propane kit for the Honda. I like that option. Robert, can you post where you got that?

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LPG does produce fewer BTU's, slightly less efficient, but I doubt if it effects the gen's output.

I got the kit from US Carb.

They were suffering from some bad press for awhile here on the Forums.
From what I understand the CS has improved a lot lately.
Best to give them a call and find out.
If your at all handy the conversion is not all that difficult. They do require that the carburetor be sent to them for modification. (folks were screwing it up on their own).

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Received my new Yamaha 2400iSHC this afternoon. Haven't had a chance to run it yet. I did a lot of reading and decided this gen was the best buy for the money.
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Typically, genset output is derated by about 10% when powered by LPG or natural gas.


Due to the reduced BTU output of these fuels compared to gasoline.


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Typically, genset output is derated by about 10% when powered by LPG or natural gas.


Due to the reduced BTU output of these fuels compared to gasoline.


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Power (hp) yes, but......

.......the electrical output, would remain the same @ a given RPM.

Our Honda runs @ 3000rpm in eco mode, on LPG or petrol.

As long as I'm not maxing the load on the 2000is I don't think the lower hp will ever be a concern. 4 years now SFSG.

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