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Old 08-08-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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How many days on a generator?

If I pull into a camp ground with a full tank, how many days can I expect that to last me with the generator running the entire time?
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If I pull into a camp ground with a full tank, how many days can I expect that to last me with the generator running the entire time?
Onan 5500.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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Just a guess:
It will eat between .5 and 1 gallon per hr depending on the load, and will quit before your tank is empty, as the fuel feed is at about the 1/4 tank level.

But I guess you will be boondocking. Campgrounds dont allow running of gennies.
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Depending on the load you put on it. I think the average load will burn 1/2 - 3/4,gallons an hour. You'll have to do the math based on 2/3 of you fuel tank capacity. The generator will not ( cannot ) pick up fuel below I/3 tank.
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The consumption rate mentioned sounds about right to me but I'd but your neighbors at the campground will raise cane before you run low on fuel.

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Old 08-08-2013, 01:02 PM   #6
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This is for tailgating. Everyone will be running generators. Everyone is in a parking lot and exhaust stacks are required.
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No batteries and inverter? Our genny usage is in rhe morning to recharge batteries from the night usage and cooling breakfast in the microwave. Then again in the evening for a few hours to watch TV and charge again. Now with solar and a 2nd pair of batteries we seldom use the genny.
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Half gallon or so an hour is about right. The cutoff point in your fuel tank is a factor and varies. Our is about 2/3 down and the genny stops.
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The owners manual will give you estimated fuel usage for full load and 1/2 load.

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Lets see, 150 gallon tank (figure 100 gallons till gen quits) and drawing .25 (25% load) to .72 GPH (100% load) and starting with a full tank I'd burn anywhere between 6 and 17.28 GPD or 16.67 and 5.78 days running 24 hours a day.
But I'd have to stop and change oil and filter every 100 hours.
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Our previous rig had a 6.2 KW Genajunk propane unit. In 5 days in 90 temps we went through 2 ten gallon tanks and most of our 32 gallons (usable) onboard tank.
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My Onan 5.5k burns .69 gallons per hour at full load. I have tested it twice. both times for 72 hour run, and both times it burned 50 gallons of gas.

2 AC's, 2 TV's, 2 Laptops, 24/3 for 72 hours= 50 gallons.

Louisiana, 95 degree days, Friday noon until Monday noon.

My problem is the heat, blowing down from the aircooled Gen heats up the underside of the MH and the adjacent freshwater compartment and adjacent battery compartment. I don't need the hot water heater after running the gen for 2 days for a hot shower.

I added Dynamat to the compartment sidewalls, much better now.
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We do a lot of long weekends tailgating as NASCAR races. Our gas Onan 5500 has run non-stop from Friday to Monday with no issues and no threat of running low on gas. We start our tailgating experience topped off with a full tank of gas. We keep the generator on the whole time if it's very hot outside, as do a lot of other tailgating patrons. We run two ACs, satellite TV (two TVs sometimes as once), fridge, water pump, lights, etc.

Our generator is said to cut off at 1/4 tank (so that you don't run out of fuel). The idea there being that you still have 1/4 tank of gas in the rig to actually get to a gas station to refuel.

Burning roughly about 1/2 gallon per hour is right on target. You should be just fine for a 4-day trip (with an extra day or so) running non-stop if you start off your adventure with a full gas tank in the rig.

Hope this helps! Have fun on your trip!
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Really enjoy reading this thread. I haven't bought my MH yet but one of my desires is to be able to be self-sustaining. Since I am looking at class Cs with at best 4k genny and 55 gals - And if I could get 1/2 gal an hour...that would give me a little less than 3.5 days...I would be out of water by then
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Your gen running 24/7; I hope that the campground would probably ask you leave within 12 hours; before everyone else in the campground left to get away from you!
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