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Old 08-15-2008, 11:15 AM   #21
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I gots o' question for yuz geneartor users: can they be converted to run deezul?

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Old 08-15-2008, 11:40 AM   #22
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Bill-they can't be converted to run diesel (many reasons-injection system, compression ratio). You can buy a diesel genset-but most of the appropriate size enclosed gensets for sale are Chinese (Yanmar clones), and they're relatively heavy, noisier than the quiet Hondas and Yamahas, and the exhaust odor can be a problem at times.

I have the Kipor 3500 T diesel genset. It weighs about 300 pounds-I ramp it into the pickup. It is fine for rest stop use-it blends right in with idling trucks. The noise inside the trailer is not objectionable, and the unit has a mellow deep sound. It starts the AC with ease-a lot more authoritively than my Yamaha 3000 boost. The fuel consumption is very low. I think diesel is safer in the bed of the pickup. But I don't use it if I'm going to stay in campgrounds where noise/smell may be an issue (I use my Yamaha for that).

As for theft-an advantage of a larger heavier genset locked into a pickup bed, with a locked tailgate is at least a little harder to steal. I cover mine with an old burlap bag, and stuff a trash bag or two around it when I'm in a marginal area. Disguise helps here.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:51 PM   #23
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Thanx tpi, the boats I fish off-shore on all have diesel fired gensets...I wondered why that has not carried over to the RV world...

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Old 08-16-2008, 02:07 AM   #24
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I had my Honda 2000 stolen in a campground that had only oneway in and out.They cut the cable and where gone with me inside the trailer.
My new one is now mounted to a aluminium plate that I park the trailer wheel on.I then cable it to one wheel.Then install a alarmit cable to the other wheel.
www.alarmlocks.com/

Sorry for your loss. I was thinking that I would be OK because I travel with dogs but, then I thought that the generators would be making noise and maybe the dogs would not hear someone cutting the cable attached to the a frame. Your use of the alarmlock and cable looks like it would work. The other good idea is the unit attached to a plate and the other part of the plate under the trailer wheel. We need to make it as difficult as possible for the thief to rip us off.
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