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Old 07-22-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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While driving you can be using one or both of these things? I've read around here that having the LPG on to keep the fridge cool is debatable. But from my lengthly search it seems most do it. With turning it off at the gas station to refuel.

The generator is something new I read this evening. Most of you all drive with this on as well, correct? And the thinking behind that is to have the coach a/c on not just the dash a/c on to cool the whole coach down, right?

But if you are running the generator, you don't need the LPG for the fridge as it will run off the generator?

We will be traveling to Vegas and the heat is my main concern. So I'd appreciate any advice.

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Old 07-22-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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While driving you can be using one or both of these things? I've read around here that having the LPG on to keep the fridge cool is debatable. But from my lengthly search it seems most do it. With turning it off at the gas station to refuel.

The generator is something new I read this evening. Most of you all drive with this on as well, correct? And the thinking behind that is to have the coach a/c on not just the dash a/c on to cool the whole coach down, right?

But if you are running the generator, you don't need the LPG for the fridge as it will run off the generator?

We will be traveling to Vegas and the heat is my main concern. So I'd appreciate any advice.

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:14 PM   #3
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Correct you can use one or both of them.If you have the fridge on auto, it will automatically switch to electric when the generator is running. You will need to shutdown the generator when refueling. I never turn the LPG off at the tank, just the fridge when gassing up.
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I always use the generator while traveling down the road, never the LPG. If you travel through any of the tunnels here on the east coast, Chesapeake Bay Bridge for example you will have to stop, get out and turn the LPG off at the tank.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:23 AM   #5
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Thank you for the quick responses.

We're on the west coast, I don't know if there are any tunnels (traveling from WA to NV) but I will keep it in my mind to turn off the LPG if there is.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:07 PM   #6
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We run the generator the whole time we are on the road . trac Vision R5 in-motion sat for the 3 tv's running, one up front overhead , one in bathroom and one in bedroom and also a/c and frig. We use the LP for kitchen only and furnace.and of course water heater.
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For those of you that run the genny while driving, Can you tell me what it does to your gas milage?

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Old 07-25-2008, 09:33 AM   #8
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I believe it uses 1/2 gallon per hour under load, that is what I was told by my service tech.
So I am not concern about the fuel but comfort!!!!!!!
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I have figured that I burn about 8 gallons an hour on the highway. We ran the genset all the way home from Lakewood PA, last year and I didn't see a big increase in fuel. In fact, we used a bit less than we did the year before. Probably becaused we went a bit slower.
I run one roof air and turn both windshield fans on. I'll set the rear AC's temp a few degrees higher so it will come on if it gets too warm.

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Wow. So if i currently get 8mpg at 60mph and then figure in and 8 gallons an Hr to use the genny, That makes it so i am getting only around 4mpg, cutting me in half. With prices of fuel today that hurts.

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When using my 5.5kw generator with one A/C running, refrgerator on my MPG drops from 8mpg to about 7.4-7.6mpg
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Hi Kevin! The coach burns the 8 gallons per hour..at around 60 mph. The genny should be burning about 1/2 gallon an hour so the combined burn is 8 1/2 gallons an hour. On that last trip, I never noticed any decrease in fuel mileage. I have yet to try it with just the dash air. Maybe this September when we head back to PA it will be cool enough to try it. I would be interested in seeing if there was any difference.

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Thanks Chandler for clearing that up. I was reading your first post wrong. Now that i see most don't see much change, I am wondering to myself "Why haven't you run the Genny to keep the coach more comfortable?".

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LOL! Undertandable! I would suggest that you experiment yourself. You don't have to go very far. I just filled that tank, drove with the dash air on until the next fillup. (at the rate these things burn gas, it can be as little as 60 to 100 miles) I did my mileage check and turned the dash air off and went to the genset and the roof air. I checked my mileage at the next fillup. Not the most scientific process but it gave me some info to go on.

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