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Old 03-26-2015, 03:30 PM   #15
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Brian,

I struggled with the same decision last year on our 5er and decided to go solar and inverter instead of generator. I cant run the AC but I can run everything else and it's completely silent. I have (4) 6v batteries in series parallel and 450 watts of solar on the roof with a 2000 watt inverter. You can read more about the solar here Solar on the RV — Jeromes RVing and inverter here Inverter — Jeromes RVing from my blog. I will say that i've only had it for a few camping trips but really like it so far. Runs the wifes hair dryer, toaster, tv, surround sound, etc as much as I want it to. Pumps up to 26 amps an hour back in during the sun times.

If you're planning on using the AC or power your fridge you'll need a generator. The propane generators look like they use a fair amount of fuel and are not as efficient as the gas ones. I wouldn't rule out solar/inverter completely though. Good luck.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:54 PM   #16
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Hello, me and the wife are looking at 5vers and one thing that I keep going back and forth on is the generator. We would love to have an onboard onan but would go through way to much lp. My question to everyone out there is- Does anyone have a standard 5ver (non toyhauler) that has a GAS onan onboard genset?
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We installed an Onan 5500 LP generator and also have a Magnum PSW 2000w inverter with 4 group 27 batteries. We love the convenience of just pushing a button inside the RV and the generator starts. We have (still) 2 Honda 2000 portable generators but we we're always afraid that they would be stolen. We would never leave them out overnight. If we were in a location that requires a/c use all night, we would just stay at a campground. We used our generator extensively on our trip to Alaska last summer, Because we have an installed inverter, we only had to run our generator a couple hours a day. We only had to fill one 30 lb propane tank while on our trip. Most federal, state, and local government campground have generator hours anyway and we always complied with them. It is a big expense for onboard generator but for us, it was worth it,
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Thanks for the input. We want the onboard for the convenience and security, but we dry camp for 9 days every year but am worried about the high consumption of lp. I know that even 2 40# bottles won't last that long but I don't want to have to carry extra bottles or worry about not being able to get lp. Thus trying to find out about everyone's experiences.
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Thanks everyone. Think Ill get 2 onan 2000w gens
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Probably you mean Honda or Yamahas--don't believe Onan makes a small portable unit.
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Dang it, you are right. I meant to say HONDA lol I hate getting OLD
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You aren't TOO old if you're still thinking generators...
Good friend of mine is in process of putting the 2 Hondas on a hitch box behind his fiver...
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This will be going in our new 2016 39TKSB3 Mobile Suites 6500 Commercial Cummins/Onan. It will run our 240 dryer. If we are in a 30A RV park when we want to dry clothes just turn on the gen!

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That's a great idea, except lots of private CGs don't allow generators to be run.
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My Generator Setup

We have two Honda 2000 anchored in the bed of our truck, with a six gallon fuel tank between them, that supplies fuel to each generator. Extends the run time by many hours and can be refueled with the 5er hooked up.

Really works great. I also have an electrical connection on the 5er directly in back of the pin. Short 30 amp cord and when we travel and expect to use the generator in rest stops for coffee or the ac, we just leave the generators hooked to the rig.

Works great, and we have been running this setup for several years.

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Very nice setup.
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That's a great idea, except lots of private CGs don't allow generators to be run.
It will be so quiet no one will notice.
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