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Old 10-09-2005, 08:44 AM   #1
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With the new Hybrid cars hitting the market
I am Wondering if there are any RV manufactures
thinking of developing a Hybrid RV (Truck)
or Motor Home. From what I understand the
Technology is here to do it. If there was
a Hybrid engine available for your RV would
you consider it? just wondering Pete
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With the new Hybrid cars hitting the market
I am Wondering if there are any RV manufactures
thinking of developing a Hybrid RV (Truck)
or Motor Home. From what I understand the
Technology is here to do it. If there was
a Hybrid engine available for your RV would
you consider it? just wondering Pete
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Old 10-09-2005, 03:49 PM   #3
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Sure, I would consider it. Anyway to get better fuel mpg.
I would like to see the trucking industry use a hybrid first. Then you could see if it really worked!
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Old 10-10-2005, 05:39 AM   #4
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Hybreds work best for city stop and go driving. Look at the mileage ratings. mileage is much better for city than highway. So probably not great idea for MH which are on highway most of the time. Seattle has some hybred busses but they are stop and go city busses.
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Old 10-10-2005, 10:39 AM   #5
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An example of a Hybred Bus is being used on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The buses
(click url http://www.exploreacadia.com/
are propane powered, and could be converted
to an RV by an innovated RV Manufacturer.
What do you think?
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Old 10-10-2005, 01:39 PM   #6
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Hybrid Trucks/RVs are possible - electric motors have pleanty of torque to get the load moving, and could have sufficient HP to keep it moving. Could a battery pack be devloped that would produce enough power - remember 1hp is around 750W and most RV engines produce several hundred HP and need most all of it.

We probably won't see this unitl hydrogen fuel cells get perfected. Either that or a new battery technology that can put out the required amps and still come in at less than 2Tons.
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Advanced Vehicle Systems in Chattanooga TN built Chattanooga's fleet of electric and hybrid-electric and propane powered transit buses. The buses are powered by sealed lead-acid batteries and a natural-gas-powered turbine that whines like an air conditioner on the maximum cool setting and looks like a small jet engine (they smell funky too). They have a bullet-proof, 77-gallon tank for liquefied natural gas, and the bus can also be outfitted to use propane, compressed natural gas or diesel fuel. They will only do about 45mph.

I have never seen anything in their "yard" except transit buses. I once sent an e-mail asking about possibly converting our Eagle05 over to a hybrid but never got a response.

Schwan's Frozen Foods uses LP powered trucks. After talking to several of the driver's, we decided that the propane wasn't the way to go (not enough power to climb the mountains & sometimes pricey to fuel).
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We have just had our winnie 8.1L converted to dual Petrol/LPG, overhere in europe its half the price of petrol.

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