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Old 05-11-2013, 12:42 AM   #29
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The wife has even run the vacuum while I was running down the road.
She wanted to even throw a roast in the convection oven but I talked her out of that one.
We cooked a prime rib in the convection oven on the road

Was great to pull in to our destination with dinner ready to be served!
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We cooked a prime rib in the convection oven on the road

Was great to pull in to our destination with dinner ready to be served!
I'll have to tell the wife that one
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:03 AM   #31
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have never run into that out west where we live and have never yet made it further then IN.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel - They ask you if propane tank valve is turned off and tell you pull over and turn it off before crossing. I have heard of other tunnels that do that but CBBT is the only one i have seen first hand.

We always keep the propane on for the fridge, we just hit the off switch as we get ready for a fuel stop, then turn it back on after we leave the gas station.

We have used the genset numerous times while underway for microwave or other things, but find we dont really need it too often for the A/C. We have a smaller RV and the roof A/C doesn't really seem to add much cooling when underway. I think its because of the heat from the doghouse. The dash/chassis A/C seems to do a little better.
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The must be a CYA thing for you manufacturer as the propane system in an RV is designed, built, tested and certified to be used while moving. That's a requirement of RVIA.
Been Rv'ing since 1957, have never run into that out west where we live and have never yet made it further then IN.

Could be a CYA from the manufacturer.
It is good to know no one has had problems and tha ks for the RVIA info.

If you are in Va. (where I was raised) you will be inspected at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the same on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel. All propane and gennerators -off by law.
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WOW! Thanks for the info everyone. We finally got to take our MH out for a spin saturday. Took it to the shop where I work and did a service on it. Put about 100 miles on it with the genny running. The fuel needle barely moved. It was my wifes first time driving something this big. That was kind of scary!!! With all her worries of the first drive over, she is already looking to trade up. Can't wait to see where this is going to go. Never stand in the way of a determined woman, especially when it can benefit me.
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We are newbies to all of this and have some questions about what to run when going down the road. I have read that some people run their genny and AC, others their fridge. Is it safe to run the genny and AC while moving and what does it do to the compressor in the unit to be jarred around while operating? Would like to run the fridge but is it safe to operate any LP appliance while the MH is running down the road? Thanks in advance for your help.
One thing that you do not want to operate going down the road is the washer/ drier. Road bumps plus an out of balance load can stress the suspension. I preferr to turn the water pump off while traveling, just incsase the vibration causes a leak. If water is needed for a drink, it can be turned on and back off.
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One thing that you do not want to operate going down the road is the washer/ drier.
Yes, I would agree with the washer/dryer suggestion, but everything else in the coach is fair game to be ON while traveling, if needed.

We have an electric heater in a little fake fireplace in our living room. Driving in the cold, that little heater makes a marked difference in the comfort level up front. I have often run the generator while driving in cold weather so I can also run this 1,500 watt heater. The generator doesn't care if the wheels are turning or standing still.

I've traveled in our Mandalay in 17-degreee temps with both furnaces running along with the generator and the electric heater. That yields a comfortable 72 degrees in the coach while running down the road with no problems at all.
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WOW! Thanks for the info everyone. We finally got to take our MH out for a spin saturday. Took it to the shop where I work and did a service on it. Put about 100 miles on it with the genny running. The fuel needle barely moved. It was my wifes first time driving something this big. That was kind of scary!!! With all her worries of the first drive over, she is already looking to trade up. Can't wait to see where this is going to go. Never stand in the way of a determined woman, especially when it can benefit me.
FYI, estimate about a gallon of fuel an hour to run the generator
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Amen to the I-10 comment. I need to go back over that way one of these days and look for some of my gold fillings.
I too always have thought it was unusual to have speed bumps on an Interstate :-(
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One thing that you do not want to operate going down the road is the washer/ drier. Road bumps plus an out of balance load can stress the suspension. I preferr to turn the water pump off while traveling, just incsase the vibration causes a leak. If water is needed for a drink, it can be turned on and back off.
True, the drum is suspended by springs and the load and bumps can permanently stretch them.
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FYI, estimate about a gallon of fuel an hour to run the generator
Our constant speed 8KW Power Tech with Kubota 3cyl engine is rated at .72 GPA under full load, running both of our heat pumps is about a half load. So we're closer to .5 GPH
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Even better. In either case, it's not a lot of fuel.
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Thanks for all the info. This is such a great site for information!
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Our 8KW onan averages .5 gph. Have about 700 hours on it so a bit of experience. My operator manual specifically suggest using the generator to bring the coach batteries up if depleted to keep the load off the alternator. We have run the generator on all of our RV's for 25 years while driving.
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