Thanks to all that that answered my questions about batteries and propane. the beast seems to be very happy with its new batteries. not a glitch,brown out or shut down since the install. purchased them from costco @ $90.00 each.
Passed info on about propane or gas gen. they decided on a gas unit.
Just finished installing two new faucets for the kitchen sink. mayhaps if i were 3 foot six it would have been easier!! any way the boss is happy.
thanks again for the info. the c. woods and sammy and the beast!