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Old 02-16-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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Do you travel with gen set on

Hi gang,

another newbe question. When going down the highway, what systems do you have on? Are you running the refer off of propane or A/C power, and if propane does the pilot stay lit?. What about Air conditioner, will the engine A/C compressor cool enough to cool the whole cabin, or do you have to run the electric A/C unit? I really wanted to say A/C powered A/C, but I thought that confusing.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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If it is hot then you most likely will have to run the genset crankin your big ACs...your choice on the fridge...but yes...nothin wrong runnin the genset while underway!

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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It is a matter of personal preference. I operate the refer on propane until I need the air cond. and then fire up the genny. I like the whole house cooled off , not just the cockpit.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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Dave, the best advice from me is to try things out and see if it works for you and if you need 120 vac fire it up and run it. I very seldom have to run ours going down the road, My a/c in my dash will keep the inside cool when outside is in the 80-90 deg. traveling. If you need to run you rooftop a/c units due to the fact that the dash a/c is not keeping up for sure start it up and make it confortable inside for yourself. My hot water is heated by my coolant when traveling, I would say if you don't have this feature you could heat it up on propane to make hot water and my fridge is on propane when traveling till I get plugged in to shore power. I hope this helps you out....
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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I prefer to keep the propane turned off at the tank for safety reasons. When driving, I power the refer with the inverter. That means I am using the 12 volts produced by the engine's alternator. For stops of less than two hours, I just turn the refer off - It will hold temps OK for that long.

If it's hot enough to need the house A/C, I turn on the genny and run the refer off of that also.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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I run the AC units with the generator.

If the generator is running I switch the refer and HW heater over to ac to save the hassle of finding a propane stop. If the generator is not running to power the AC units then I run the refer and NW heater with propane.
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When we leave FL in the spring our propane is on and the refrigerator is on auto. 90% of the time on the road the roof ACs are on so the generator is running. When it is not, the fridge automatically switches to propane. It is on 24/7 except when we refuel. We also are likely to be running a slow cooker and a bread machine while driving, as well as, two or three computers and a Keurig coffee maker.

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In most DP's the engine heat when you stop can be pretty warm. We set the bedroom AC to 68* and the front AC to about 69*. Water heater on 110 and so is the fridge. We set the dash AC to off and run the dash vents to circulate the air. When we head east(sun on me) we lower the temps a little more! We crossed the country in 105* last summer and there is no way just run the dash air. Do what is comfortable for you and DW.
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Is it OK, while driving, to run the generator to power the furnace?
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You should not need to run the Generator to operate the furnace it runs on 12 V.
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I drive with the genny on. runs the roof acs, frig. The rig is cool and that way I also excercise the genny that way.

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It's ok to run the genny to power the house AC if needed. I run the from from LP when traveling unless the genny is on for the AC.
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Propane only hot water heaters (DSI without 120v electrode) typically will not stay lit when driving. At least that is the case with ours. Haven't had any problems with keeping the fridge lit on the road - we did that for our trip to Yellowstone last year.
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Dash air can't keep us cool on a hot day. We run the generator and roof air. As stated above it is also good exercise for the generator.

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