Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-18-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
Senior Member
Xjaywalker's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Anaheim Hills,CA
Posts: 230
Driving with the Generator On?

The past owner of our new MH said he always left the generator running, even while driving. This just does not make sense, but being new to MH's, I thought I would ask the question.

2006 National Tropi-Cal T396 - 2002 Toyota 4Runner 4X4 with REMCO Disconnect Drive
Anywhere, North America
Xjaywalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-18-2012, 07:18 AM   #2
Senior Member
Ramblin's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,250
I occaisionally fire up the genny when travelling. For instance, if the dash A/C can't keep up with the swelter factor and I want to run the roof units to keep cool. I don't run it all the time, but I feel like I could if I wanted to.

2002 National Dolphin LX 6356
Workhorse W-22 chassis
Don't believe everything you think.
Ramblin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 07:18 AM   #3
Senior Member
OSP1268's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 524
We do that. When we went on our road trip this summer the temp. was in the 90's. By running the generator we could run the roof a/c's and the fridge on elect. also. I have very carfully checked the gas mileage with and without running the generator and we noticed very little change at all. We figured we use about 1/2 gallon on hour running the generator.
R & E
No RV at the moment
OSP1268 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 07:19 AM   #4
Senior Member
jzick's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,193
We travel mostly in summer season when temperatures are warm. Our generator is on most of the time in order to run the house A/C. We also will run a coffee pot, crock pot, sometimes a bread machine and some computer devices while traveling that use AC power. The refrigerator will also automatically switch to AC from gas when the genny is running. Running generators is supposed to be much better for them than not running. Ours uses about .4 gallons of diesel per hour, not a huge cost for comfort.
jzick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 07:19 AM   #5
Senior Member
MaverickBBD's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Formerly of Washington State
Posts: 1,500
Depends upon what it was that he wanted to power. Some motorhome get better fuel economy running the house air condition and it certainly provides more cooling especially if it is a diesel genny.
Tom, Cheryl & Blossom(coonhound mix) Formerly of Bellingham,WA'05 Winnebago Journey 36G. FL-XC, Cat 350, aero muffler, AFE filter, 4 FSD Koni's, ultra track bell, SafeT+, FMCA397030, WIT 129107
MaverickBBD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 07:43 AM   #6
Senior Member
Elkhartjim's Avatar

Texas Boomers Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Don't mess with Texas
Posts: 3,115
Not what you asked but the generator needs to be run at least one hour per month under 50% or more load for "exercise". This will keep it dried out and lubricated. Don't forget the colder months either.

We do drive with the generator whenever we need power or when it needs exercised.
Jim with Judy
08 38' Bounder DP
Toads: 08 Jeep Wrangler Sport; 11 Chevy Malibu
Elkhartjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
Senior Member
PyrateSilly's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,200
Thats funny that you were told that. The reason I say that is the past owners of ours were told to NOT run the generator while driving so they drove with all the windows open and then wondered why they were getting black stuff all over. (The black stuff by the way is from the diesel engine and road while the windows were open.)
Thom and Christine having fun in a 1993 Monaco Crown Royale Signature Series 40ft 300hp RV. Towing a Fiat 500 Abarth and a Harley.
Our blogged repairs and travels
PyrateSilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 07:47 AM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 16,418
We often run the genset while driving in hot weather, to power the house a/c. And folks that do not have a large inverter may run it so they can power a crock pot or convection oven while traveling.
Gary Brinck
2004 American Tradition; 2014 Buick LaCRosse
Homebase in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 07:48 AM   #9
Senior Member
Cat320's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
American Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 4,168
We run with it on when necessary for the reasons noted above, otherwise it is off.
2014 American Eagle 45T
DD 500
Pulling a Honda CRV
Cat320 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 08:03 AM   #10
Senior Member
danes-on-tour's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Denmark and US
Posts: 1,965
We were told by experienced RV'ers that you can run your generator while driving if you wish. However - you may want to attend to your air filter more frequently since it may pick up more "garbage" this way.

To us it sounds like good advice.
The Great Dane
2007 Monaco Diplomat PAQ - 2007 Saturn Vue Honorary Texas Boomer
Living in Denmark - visiting the US whenever possible. www.winnebago.dk www.blog.retired.dk

danes-on-tour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 08:06 AM   #11
Senior Member
John H...'s Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Johnstown, PA USA
Posts: 3,325
We too run it, usually for the extra AC if needed.
John, Deb; & our dog, Benji, Forever in our hearts.
2014 Coachmen Leprechaun 319DS V-10
2011 Jeep Liberty Jet & 2014 Jeep Wrangler
John H... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 08:39 AM   #12
Senior Member
WheelingIt's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: On Wheels
Posts: 1,979
We also run the genny while driving. Not all the time, but if it's hot (for AC) or if we need to exercise it (monthly).
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
WheelingIt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:34 AM   #13
Senior Member
JJH3rd's Avatar

National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Covington, GA
Posts: 435
Send a message via Skype™ to JJH3rd
In hot weather we usually fire up the gen when stopped at welcome stations or other short stops. Because the two fo us + the cat ride in the front of the MH, the dash air is sufficient for the most part.
J.J. Hayden (KN4SH)
Covington, GA
2005 National Dolphin 5342
JJH3rd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #14
Senior Member
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: STETTLER
Posts: 266
The generator was put into the MH for MY convenience and as such it will run as and when I safely need it. Were it to be run 100% duty cycle some of the irrelevant reasons of not to run it might even have some credence. I don't believe I have ever heard of anyone wearing their generator out. The biggest source of problems is probably from lack of service and then lack of use. I've never seen a genset with 4 to 5 thousand hours on it. Like most electro/mechanicals in our MH it is lack of use that is the bif killer.

POPPASMURF is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Driving My Motorhome Legally!! 40GnTX Class A Motorhome Discussions 105 03-21-2012 10:03 AM
Driving lights - 2003 36-FDDS wbhubbert3 Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 1 10-03-2011 10:28 PM
Improvements for windy Driving conditions Dave1949 MH-General Discussions & Problems 36 07-19-2008 12:30 PM
Just finished two day RV Driving School - long report John_Canfield Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 8 01-15-2006 02:16 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.