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Old 03-22-2019, 04:58 AM   #1
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Can I drive with the generator on?

I have looked for 2 days on this site and I cannot find the answer to this question, although I am sure that it has been asked before. Miss Daisy (my motorhome) does not have a driver’s air conditioner and I want to make sure that the coach stays cool for my dogs. I have been told I could, and I have been told I could not.
I am so new at this that I am completely blind in what I am doing. Most of what I hear from those who “know what they are doing” are warnings. I appreciate warnings, but it has come to the point that I am afraid to even start the poor thing!
I try to find answers to my questions before posting, but this one I cannot find.
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I have done so with no issues. When my dash A/C went out it was the only alternative until the dash air was repaired.
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The short answer is yes. I personally do and I have seen this question answered on this forum before. Everybody seemed to agree that it is fine to do so.
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:23 AM   #4
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I do it on every trip. Kids watch tv, and I keep that ac blowing
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:32 AM   #5
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Yes, but remember, when the fuel gets to somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 tank, the generator can no longer draw fuel from the tank (doesn't apply to propane generators). This is so you don't run the tank out of fuel while not driving. Driving may affect this level somewhat if pulling long grades and changing angle of fuel in the tank.
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:41 AM   #6
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To concur with the other responses, yes. If it' really hot we will. My dash keeps the front cool, but if we plan on stopping for lunch we'll run it to keep the back cool. We'll also turn it on an hour or so before we hit the campground. This is one of the big advantages to owning a MH vs a trailer.
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Yes and running it with the coach AC running is a good way to "exercise" the generator which you should do every month.
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Yes Beth absolutely you can.

Some guidelines while you do:
Step 1 - start generator first and let it run for about 5 minutes to warm up
Step 2 - then turn on A/C
Step 3 - when you're done, turn OFF A/C first, let generator run for about 5 minutes to cool down BEFORE you turn generator OFF

Precautions:
Don't run generator while fueling up at the gas station

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I do it on every trip. Kids watch tv, and I keep that ac blowing
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There isn't any problem driving with the generator running. Many do to keep the coach cooler in hot temps. I would be sure to keep windows and vents closed as you don't want any exhaust fumes entering the coach. Check your rig for how it is fueled. On our Bay Star, it runs on gas from the main gas tank. However, as a safety feature, once the tank is down to 20% capacity, the generator won't run as it won't be able to get gas.

However, you say you don't have any AC. Is that because the AC isn't working? If so, I think it would be wise to have it repaired as there will be a lot of traveling where all you would need would be the AC that is on the motorhome chassis.
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Another vote for absolutely yes. However, if you are traveling in very dusty conditions and your generator is located in the rear of your MH, consider shutting it down temporarily if you can do without it. It may save some life on the air filter.
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There isn't any problem driving with the generator running. Many do to keep the coach cooler in hot temps. I would be sure to keep windows and vents closed as you don't want any exhaust fumes entering the coach. Check your rig for how it is fueled. On our Bay Star, it runs on gas from the main gas tank. However, as a safety feature, once the tank is down to 20% capacity, the generator won't run as it won't be able to get gas.

However, you say you don't have any AC. Is that because the AC isn't working? If so, I think it would be wise to have it repaired as there will be a lot of traveling where all you would need would be the AC that is on the motorhome chassis.
The AC is completely disconnected. It was that way when I bought it and I was not told about it. The seller did not tell me a lot of things that was wrong with it. I have slowly found out about the issues on my own. There a lot of repairs to be done, but I anticipated that. I just have to do each issue one at a time. Repairs are not cheap!
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Thank you all!!! I am sure I will have many more questions in the near future!
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Yes Beth absolutely you can.

Some guidelines while you do:
Step 1 - start generator first and let it run for about 5 minutes to warm up
Step 2 - then turn on A/C
Step 3 - when you're done, turn OFF A/C first, let generator run for about 5 minutes to cool down BEFORE you turn generator OFF

Precautions:
Don't run generator while fueling up at the gas station

More info here if you want:
https://www.google.com/search?q=driv...earch=irv2.com
We run our generator while driving when ever we feel the need. But I generally don't follow the guidelines my esteemed colleague made. Remember, generating systems in all the various coaches out there can be different. You need to find what works for you.

We set the roof air conditioner for 71, and when my sole mate of 45 years suddenly says "I'm Hot!" I reach over and start the generator. My Onan Quiet Diesel generator will start, and after the generator gets up to a steady designed speed it will then start producing electricity. The roof air conditioner will, after a brief delay start up and run.

Now when my wife suddenly says "I'm freezing, what on earth did you set the air conditioner temperature on", I simply reach over and turn the generator off. The generator stops, the air conditioner stops and she will say "Ah, that's much better". In about 45 minutes we go through the same "I'm hot, I'm cold" sequence all over again.

Now some will say this harms the generator, or air conditioner, but I just don't see it. I will agree with the comment about not running the generator while fueling, or getting propane. That is not a good idea for safety sake.
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