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Old 09-06-2011, 04:03 PM   #29
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I agree with Mike - no issue with the fridge on 6 coach batteries. I do need to run the genset a couple of times a day to keep it charged, but over night on hot nights it has not difficulty.

Where I differ on the "all electric" is the stove. I like the combination of a residential (electric only) fridge and a propane stove.

Now that we have a 42 foot tag pusher, we look at a Prevost coach as a "rock star" coach.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:47 PM   #30
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All electrics don't have a propane tank?

That's a deal breaker. Where would I plug in my gas grilles?
The coach has nothing to use propane, hence the name ALL electric.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:21 PM   #31
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The coach has nothing to use propane, hence the name ALL electric.
Well then it'l have to have a gas stove and a propane tank. and an extendaflow to plug in the grille.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:28 PM   #32
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I have the best of both worlds. I have the all electric batteries and the domestic fridge with a gas stove and a smaller propane tank for just the stove plus I run my grill off it. I guess I am a hybrid.
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #33
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I just went through hurricane Irene in my motorhome. The power went out Saturday afternoon as the wind and rain built up. The new Norcold refrigerator switched to gas automatically, but I had to flip a switch for the hot water. The TV and computer ran off the inverter until I went to bed. Most of the time the winds were 40-48 mph but occasional gusts were over 60. The main part of the storm took about 18 hours to move through. I ran the generator Sunday morning to recharge the batteries, but was able to watch the F1 race on satellite TV early that morning. We did not get power back until Wednesday afternoon. Most of the folks in homes in the area lost all their refrigerated foods. I ran the generator once or twice a day to recharge the batteries and run the AC. With 100 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of fresh water, I could have lasted for a very long time. I checked the ice cream and it stayed frozen the entire time. I am very careful to not keep the refrigerator doors open for extended periods. I also enjoy my gas cooktop and my gas BBQ grill. Several of the campgrounds we stay in have quiet hours after 9PM. I am just not sure I am ready for all electric.
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Newell's are all electric... Problematic if you have an electrical issue. I'm glad to have an alternate source of power for the fridge, water heater and furnaces.

All electric is like putting all eggs in one basket.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:57 PM   #35
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I find this a very interesting discussion and maybe informative for a lot of people.

Surely if you have and electrical issue in a non all electric MH then you will have problems also. The "gas" fridge still needs 12 volts to operate in gas mode. The propane heater needs 12 volts to operate. The only thing that is really independent of AC or DC power is gas stove. If you have a 12 volt problem then you are in trouble with both types of MHs.

Vito, is that Solomon close to the Navy Pax River base. If so I love that area. Glad you were OK in the storm. Remember with an all electric you have a lot more batteries to support you. I seriously doubt that during your power outage that there would have been quiet hours on the generator. According to Onan the Quiet Diesel is quiet enough to run at a National Park during quiet hours. I have been at campgrounds where I have lost shorepower and the only way I could tell was that my roof AC units shut off if I didn't use the AC then I would have not known until the batteries ran down to the preset limit and the generator started. My fridge and hot water heater did not have to switch.

One thing to add here is that the auto start of my generator can be programed to NOT start during quiet hours.
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The next one will be all elec ,, Especially with induction range tops being put into coaches .. Perhaps when the Norcold dies we will put in residential fridge
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All electrics don't have a propane tank?

That's a deal breaker. Where would I plug in my gas grilles?
I carry a small 5lb LP tank in the storage bay with my grill. It had already lasted 3 years of 'part time' use, though I'm sure I won't get anywhere near that now that I'm full time, but I'd guess I'll get two or three months out of it before it needs a fill.
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Mike,

Yes, we are just across the Patuxent River from Patuxent Naval base. It is a very nice area when the weather cooperates.
I did not realize you could program the generator auto start hours. That is great. If I could have at least a small propane tank for the cook top and grill I would consider all electric.
When you are on a 30 amp hookup, can you only run one AC and will it still run the residential refrigerator at the same time?
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I'm thinking about buying a all electric coach. Is this a good idea.
I just saw an ELECTRIC powered motorhome in Motorhome Magazine. WOW, it will go 180 Miles on a charge.

Might as well stay home !!
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Vito, I average 13-15 amp draw on one AC and my big Whirlpool fridge draws about 6-7 amps max. So far I have had no problems on 30 amps. 30 amps is definitly not the best way to go but what has helped me if I have to use a 30 amp hookup is to convert it to a 45 amp hookup by combining the 15 amp plug with the 30 amp plug by using this Camco Maximiser Adapter 55025. It really helps. I first use a plug polarity tester that I bought from Home Depot to make sure the outlets are not wired up backwards.
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That is a beutiful part of MD where you are. Some great seafood. I used to be in a Navy Squadron stationed there at Pax River before that bridge went across.
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I have a hard time wrapping myself around the phrase "all electric" when a fossil-fuel powered generator is required to help MAKE the electricity...
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How about getting rid of that "oven" that we never use and now call it a
bread box.
When we ordered our present DSDP we deleted the "bread box" and had them put in an Advantium 120 convection/microwave. Never been sorry about it either!
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