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Old 11-10-2015, 11:54 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by kb0zke View Post
The question is how to use that generator while underway.

If it's only to run the refrigerator while driving.....there are other options. If the door to the fridge stays shut, it will hold its temperature just fine while powered off for 8 hours or so....

You could also hook up a couple of batteries and an inverter, and that would run it fine for many hours. Most residential fridges only use about 1 kWh in 24 hours time.

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:15 PM   #16
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I'm thinking more about running the a/c. One of the big advantages of the MH is that the temperature doesn't change on travel days from when we're parked. If we need the a/c we run it. If we need the furnace we run that. Unless I figure out some way to keep the 5/er at a normal temperature, it will be either warm or cool when we arrive (and also at lunch time, for that matter).

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Old 11-10-2015, 07:52 PM   #17
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We have found that the little inverter type generator (Ryobi) 2000 starting watts was not enough in the winter to run the residential fridge, furnace, and keep the batteries up. We have a 41 ft. 5th wheel and have just purchased a 4000 watt propane portable to fit in the back of the pickup. We park at Walmarts on the way south and often are the only ones there so hopefully noise will not be a problem. It actually isn't all that noisy but somewhat louder than the Ryobi. The Ryobi would run out of fuel in the middle of the night (running on gas) when it was cold because the furnace was also running as well as the refrigerator. We will be leaving in about a month and we will find out how well this plan works.
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