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Old 03-17-2007, 06:37 PM   #15
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Keep in mind that propane has less energy per unit volume than does gasoline and diesel. I have also heard, but never proved that the generator is more efficient that the engine for providing the extra power needed for the appliances, therefore the generator would use less fuel for the same amount of electrical output.
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:47 PM   #16
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When its hot I find that I need to use generator and dash air together to keep cool in the drivers seat.
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:10 PM   #17
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">When its hot I find that I need to use generator and dash air together </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I have basement air ducted through the ceiling. If I have the ceiling vent just above & behind the driver seat aimed properly, I am quite comfy with the house air. If it has been re-aimed, I might need the dash air too until I can stop and re-aim the ceiling vent.
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:45 AM   #18
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Stevegeorgetown,

We have run into the same problem during the summer when traveling in the south, so we purchased a small (12" diameter) 3 speed floor fan. We place it in the kitchen and aim it toward the cockpit- problem solved. It is now nice and cool under any situation.

A positive side benefit of this setup- we never have to run the dash air which allows the engine to maintain it's cool in hot weather.
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:05 AM   #19
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Terry. I like that idea of using a fan. How do you keep the fan from falling over? Is it mounted to something?

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When it's very hot, 95 and up, i will run the coach A/C to cool the coach.
Two reasons:

1. The whole coach is kept cool so that when we get to our destination our coach is cool.

2. The dash air doesn't cool the large area as well as the house A/C.

I would like to think the engine runs a little cooler with the engine A/C off but couldn't prove it.

I don't care about gas milage. It's bad and I just accept that fact.
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I run both roof AC's and dash AC if I need too.I like to be comfortable and the gas savings of not running genset is not enough for me to worry about. Cooler kids mean less cranky kids.Cooler Frankie means , well you get it.
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Thanks to all for the feedback. Looks like we'll be using the generator then!

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For Socalracer, Mark. My 91 Hawkins (very similar to same era Beavers) had a propane generator when new. The previous owner was a dragracer on the national circut and he converted to the generator to run on gasoline. He added a large aluminum gas tank into one of the storage compartments. I also drag race and dry camp at the track and with this setup I've never had a problem. Heck, I don't even miss the use of the storage bay used for the gas tank.

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Steve, the fan we purchased says "Honeywell" on the front. It has its own base that sits flat while the fan can be tilted up or down as necessary. We have spotted these fans at Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart.
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Thinking I be getting me a little fan for our July Myrtle beach trip.

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So what you guys are saying about my propane gen is that it will eat too much fuel if I run it while driving or dry camp too long? I'd be interested in finding out just how many hours it would run before running out of fuel. Thanks for your info. Mark
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I had a small propane powered genset several years back. I believe it was about 3.5 Kw. If I recall right(which is geting harder every year) the owners manual said it would use about 3 1/2 lbs. per hour at max load. I think that is about 2/3 gallon. The 5th wheel had a separate propane tank for the genset. We didn't run it often, but never run out of fuel. If you search the internet you should be able to find some usage numbers for your, or a like genset. Hope this might help.

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