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Old 07-11-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Running generator while driving

Is there a problem running the generator while driving? What devices are normal to be on or off while traveling? LP to run fridge? Generator to run fridge?

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:03 PM   #2
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no problem, I run my generator to power the roof a/c and fridge, tv, fans, anything you might wanna run it should handle it. My favorite appliance is a crock pot to make a pot of stew so we can have supper ready by the time we get to our destination
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:06 PM   #3
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I am quite the Newb to RVing in my own rights, but here is my take.

You should have an inverter installed to help run those 110v appliances you want while driving, but if your dash AC is not cooling off your rig enough, you can run your Genset to provide the necessary power to run your roof ACs.

Hope this helps. Others will follow this post and confirm or deny my facts.

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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I read somewhere that if/when you do operate your generator while driving, you make want to make more frequent air filter inspections and/or changes, since the filter may collect more dust.

However, since this is a very easy job to do, that shouldn't not be too much of a problem.
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Our generator runs 90% of the time we are on the road. The fridge is set to auto and uses AC if it is available. The Air Conditioning is on to provide cooling for the house (the dog insists). We typically have a crock pot cooking something yummy, as well as, the bread maker is making something equally yummy to complement the crock pot food. A couple of laptops will be running and probably a couple of cell phone chargers. We do turn everything off when filling with fuel.
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Hi GNHebb,
Run the generator anytime you want. I leave the propane on all the time, unless the propane tank is being filled.
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Run the generator anytime you want. I leave the propane on all the time, unless the propane tank is being filled.
+1 For many of the same reasons posted above.
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If you want to run a crock pot while on the road, be sure and put it in the sink and secure it with a couple of towels to prevent it sliding.

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If you want to run a crock pot while on the road, be sure and put it in the sink and secure it with a couple of towels to prevent it sliding.

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Yep, a quick stop could be a wee bit messy.
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Not a problem, I leave the propane on for the refer and if we want to I run the generator too. I don't shut the refer down when fueling up since we're at the diesel pumps on the truck islands.
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Also make sure the glass lid is NOT on the crockpot. I now know why.
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Another vote for running the gen most of the time. Fridg set to auto.
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Yep, a quick stop could be a wee bit messy.
So I found out ......... Dah Fred
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I have a small BURTON lunch box slow cooker (I think it is a "Stove to go" but it might be "Oven to go" in either case looks like a lunchbox.) No glass, runs on 12 or 120 volt.

There are 3 problems with running the generator I will comment on all 3

Exhaust fumes: At 55mph will be swept away before they seep into your RV so no problem

Noise: Is less than the highway noise so no problem

1/4 tank of fuel: That is where the gnerator's fuel pick up is so if you drop below a quarter tank generator stops.. Not a problem. Next Filling station you fix it.
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