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Old 08-18-2005, 05:39 PM   #1
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I have been told to get a LP generators with my new Sunnybrook 31' 5th wheel, and not to mess with the honda gens just get a Onan from the factory (6,000 misus 30% would be around 4200)
How long does the LP last (I think I remember people saying that you go thru LP like crazy)
Is it better to get a gas gen.
I will be overnighting 1 or 2 nights a week (I realize that batteries would be ok buttt my friend who had a MH said that campgrounds Always lose power and the factory Gen is the way to go..
I realize that there are a lot of different opions on thi s subject and I am looking fore=ward to different ideas..

Thanks Tom
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Old 08-18-2005, 05:39 PM   #2
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I have been told to get a LP generators with my new Sunnybrook 31' 5th wheel, and not to mess with the honda gens just get a Onan from the factory (6,000 misus 30% would be around 4200)
How long does the LP last (I think I remember people saying that you go thru LP like crazy)
Is it better to get a gas gen.
I will be overnighting 1 or 2 nights a week (I realize that batteries would be ok buttt my friend who had a MH said that campgrounds Always lose power and the factory Gen is the way to go..
I realize that there are a lot of different opions on thi s subject and I am looking fore=ward to different ideas..

Thanks Tom
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Old 08-18-2005, 05:56 PM   #3
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Tom,

With a choice between propane and gasoline on a factory installed generator, if it we're me I'd opt for the gasoline.

I think a gasoline generator around 4,000 watts would burn about .4 gallon per hour at 50% load and since LP has less BTU's, a propane generator would probably burn just a little more fuel than the gasoline rig to produce the same amount of power.

Some quick math will tell you that a 30# tank of propane with ~7 gallons in it wouldn't last a day if you're running at 50% capacity. With propane you'd be hunting a bottle or two every day and often times you'll have to drive farther to find it than gasoline.

If you're just planning to use the generator intermittently for brief periods to run a microwave, perk coffee, etc., then the propane wouldn't deplete nearly as fast and wouldn't be such a PITA.

My two cents worth.
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Old 08-18-2005, 06:01 PM   #4
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The fuel consumption specs are available on the Onan website, or mine for that matter. I can run my Onan 3600LP for about 20 hours on one 40# tank (I have two tanks). Since I only run it 1-4 hours / day, I have plenty of run time for any reasonable camping trip.
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:07 PM   #5
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I got a 12,500 watt quiet Onan Diesel for 6k delivered and not stolen....it burns about a half gallon per hour if under load-usually less...my Volvo tractor carrys 300 gallons so I don't run out I have electric heat and air with an electric toilet W&D electric hot water heater and a freezer which freezes in an hour...110 vac....geofkaye
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I have a honda EU 2000 portable, it works for me, as we are weekend campers and sometimes stay at RV park with full hookups. The drycamping we do, the 2000 watts is more than enough.
That being said, if I were fultiming, and wanted the ultimate in luxury, I would get a on board gas gen set with remote. I would never have to go out in the rain again to start/stop the gen set. But you pay for that luxury.
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I had a Honda EU2000i and thought it was a great unit. That being said, I now have an Onan built in LP unit and love it! It is so nice to be able to push the button inside and fire it up no matter where we are. The LP works well for us, but it does have its cons as mentioned. But for us, I think it's the best bet.
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I have not started full time yet.(<2yrs) When I do I plan on removing the spare tire from under the truck and install another fuel tank in that location,around 40 gallons.

If I use a portable in back of the truck, I'll route a stainless steel line with fittings equiped with a small 12V fuel pump conected to the 12V output on the generator. (Gasoline)

If installed in the 5fer, I will use the truck as a fuel source for the installed unit.(Diesel)
This would be my first choice. I plan looking for a used mairne unit in a hush box. I'll figure out the cooling system for it.

I would consider LP if I could carry enough of it. 40 gallons bottles won't fit in my unit. The LP fuel is, well it was, cheaper than gas.

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Old 08-30-2005, 10:22 AM   #9
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We've got a place here which advertises propane for 1.29 a gallon. Of course, the people there have trouble with English. I asked if there was room to bring my 40' motorhome in to be filled. After thinking about it, the propane guy suggested I put it in the back of my pickup and bring it in that way. I'm afraid that might exceed the GVWR of the pickup though, so I guess I need to keep searching for a source of propane...
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:04 PM   #10
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by John66:
We've got a place here which advertises propane for 1.29 a gallon. [QUOTE]
Please tell me where that is....I'll bring my 250 gallon propane tank from my yard and fill up. I can carry that in the back of my dually!
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Corner of 22nd St and Kolb, in Tucson, Arizona (NW corner). The price is painted on the tank, so they might try 'bait and switch' to a higher price. It also says 'plus tax', which I presume is Sales Tax, but might include other taxes. And finally, is it really 100% propane?

And by the way, what is an 'EOG'?
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EOG's are one level higher than DOGS. E being one leter higher in the alphabet than D. Several years ago someone made a "typo" and spelled EOG instead of DOG and it took off from there. Our Eog Murphy is a Weimarainer and is much more human acting than dog acting, needing to be around people and mimicing much of our actions such as how we sit in chairs, ect... She is our second Weimarainer (our first "Snickers" passed on last October) and they are a strange breed. So now you know what an Eog is. Murphy is in the picture to the left, sitting in the rocker in the fiver watching TV while camping during Christmas last year.
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Gasoline all the way (IMHO)...my friend has propane for his Onan, and it's just a PITA. Fuel stations are worthless for a propane genset. and as others have advised, propane units are not as efficient as gas. I personally prefer a Honda unit- had a EV6010 that ran like clockwork- not saying that Onan is bad (have an Onan Marquis Gold now on the new WW SLC), but the Honda had more output (a true 50 amp vs. Onan's 45.8kw), and I'm a big Honda fan (had plenty of their bikes and NEVER had any issues with them).

My $0.02!!

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