Originally Posted by Gordon Dewald
Not having done any boon docking other than overnight I have a question.
In your opinion is it more or less costly/convenient to run the generator every day to maintain the all electric or run on propane and occasional generator?
That's an easy one...
Take the biggest "net" user of energy - heat.
For a conventional RV with LP:
To cook...LP burns in the stove - simple and silent.
For heating, the LP makes the heat - 12VDC fan blows the warm air - batteries "should" be able to feed the furnace power overnight or more.
For an all electric coach:
To cook (everyone is up and active), the genie can be running - no problem.
For heating, if using a heatpump or heat strips in the AirCon...the genie is most probably gonna need to run (depending on battery/inverter capacity) like while everyone is snoozing., This is not much problem for the occupants inside, but not so nice for the neighbors.
If you have an AquaHot for Heating, then it is basically the same as a LP furnace (uses Diesel to heat water for the heat-exchanger) - right?
For conventional RV's, the top-off of the batteries doesn't ever require the genie (like there's a nice solar set-up or if driving the RV that day - engine charge to the house batteries).
We and most folks seem do this genie-run in the morning with the coffeemaker and toaster being used....YMMV.
Both systems (all electric or conventional) are good and seem to be tailored to different use type. It's all in what you need