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Old 06-24-2010, 06:07 AM   #1
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Running genny while driving

I have a friend who's ginny is running as he is driving.
I informed him that I don't think this is a good idea, however I may be wrong, his ginny runs on gas and he use it to operated his fridge & AC .
whats your opinion
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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We have been running ours on those days when dash AC will not cool enough. I know of no problem with doing so other than burning a little more gas.
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Many (most) of us use the Gen. on the road to run the house A/C, or other electrical devices, and normally without a problem. One thing to remember is to shut it off when fueling. Easy to forget at self service. On many gas coaches the Gen. in very near the fuel tank fill. A static spark from entering and exiting a vehicle can set off vapors, so too an errant spark from a plug wire on a running generator could make for a real bad day.
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we run ours all the time
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:04 AM   #5
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I run Mine also . Do you thinks it's more fuel effecint to just use Gen.?
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I do anything to stay cool we run all 3 roof airs and have limo tint on windows keep the shades down and run a lot at night 110 today
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Well we have run ours while on the road in each rig we have owned that has an on-board generator.

In the Class-C we had, the fuel mileage was 2-3MPG better running the generator and roof air than it was running the dash air.

On our current rig (3612 Keystone Raptor Toyhauler) we run the generator and both roof air conditioners while on the road. The rig is cool when we arrive or when we decide to make a stop along the way eat a "Sammich" or someting in the rig. (Nice too have a cool rig when ya gotta make one of those quick bathroom break too)
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:13 PM   #8
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I have a friend who's ginny is running as he is driving.
I informed him that I don't think this is a good idea, however I may be wrong, his ginny runs on gas and he use it to operated his fridge & AC .
whats your opinion
We have to run the gen for the air conditioning to cool the coach...it is over 100 here! Joe
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:23 PM   #9
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Let's see: Reasons to run Genny while driving down the road:
1: Genny NEEDS to run at least 1/2 hour under at least 1/2 load every month (I am always tempted to type 1/2 month) Well, most of my trips with the MH are about an hour long so ... That's ideal

2: You can run the A/C's in the summer (more than 1/2 load) or a pair of Electric heaters in the winter (likewise) and it will keep the rig cooler.

3: The fridge.. since it can run on very little propane, is NOT a consideration.

Reasons NOT to run the Genny while driving:.........

(I am afraid I can not think of any)
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:26 PM   #10
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There are two reasons why you would want to run your A/C off the generator. The house A/C's can provide more cooling capacity; and not having to run the dash air frees up some horsepoewer from the engine if you happen to be running in the mountains.
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Running generator while driving

swamphog- you can run your generator while driving as long as you keep all the RV windows closed (some people keep a back window open to let the hot air out!) and your generator exhaust system is in good condition and not leaking AND there are no openings or holes in the coach floor or anywhere exhaust can get in- also I have seen some motorhomes (and trailers with generators installed in them) that have the exhaust tailpipe mounted in a position that allows the fumes to get into the coach (pointed straight back and under the coach is a good example) - as some forum members have posted it can get to 100+ inside an RV so having the roof AC running is a great convenience -in a motorhome you have a lot of area to cool behind the forward part of the cab so the dash AC can cool the front area but not the back very well - if any fumes get into the interior your carbon monoxide detector should go off but do not count on it 100% - if you run your genset and anybody can smell fumes stop running it at all until you find where the exhaust fumes are getting into the interior.
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thanks for the info I will inform, my brother its a good idea to run the ginny as he is doing so but with all the warnings I have just seen,
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Run mine all the time when dash AC cannot keep up. Also start it and run without load prior to stopping at rest areas, etc before putting AC load on it. Then take the load off when leaving and drive a couple of minutes down the road with no load prior to turning it off. If they didn't want you to do that they wouldn't put a start/stop switch on the dash also.
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Heck I will inform my bro hes able to do it, & I am going to start doing it too. Running my fridge off the ginny is alot better then running it off the batteries
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