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Old 06-16-2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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Generator or Inverter?

Is running the generator and putting hours on it bad? Should I look to supplement generator usage with an inverter?

I'm not worried about cost of fuel. Will need electricity for the kids to watch TV, lights, etc. Obviously have to use the generator when we want A/C.

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If the rig you've got already has a generator I would use it, it is already wired into the rig. The generator is sized to your rig.

If the generator is maintained it will last a long time and in the end won't make a difference in resale.

Bringing a different generator just adds weight and you'd still have to transport and safely handle additional fuel which is always an issue.
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Thanks. Generator is built in, the inverter would have to be added.
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:16 AM   #4
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Is running the generator and putting hours on it bad? Should I look to supplement generator usage with an inverter?

Running the Generator is Necessary to it surviving - Many will bring a SMALL Inverter generator for supplemental power - Honda - Ryobi gal a day to run refrigerator and computer - quiet

I'm not worried about cost of fuel. Will need electricity for the kids to watch TV, lights, etc. Obviously have to use the generator when we want A/C.

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Running what you want/need works the Gen in you Coach? works best and is easy - run it till you see what your need/uses are.

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When I'm dry camping or driving, I use my gen to power the house AC... the side benefit is that it charges the house batteries so when it cools down in the evenings I use batteries on the inverter to run most everything that I need until I go to bed.

What kind of RV do you have, that will help us answer your question better

No Inverter
How many house Batteries?
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You didn't say what your unit is, or how much battery power you have in it. An inverter can kill a battery in as little as four hours... it depends on the load, the number of batteries, and their condition.

As far as the genset, it MUST be run for about 30 minutes a month, at half load. If the genset is exercised and maintained regularly, it will last for many years.

You might want to consider adding a solar power system to the mix. You can get portable systems that sit outside the RV, and just plug into it.
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I don't know if any Gensets have been killed from use.........
many have been killed from non-use.
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I haven't picked it up yet, but it's a 2017 Minnie Winnie 31G.
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I haven't picked it up yet, but it's a 2017 Minnie Winnie 31G.
Specs show a single group 24 battery. That is not enough for any worthwhile inverter use.

I suggest that you use the generator and see how it does. If you find that the noise bothers you, or you need power during "No Generator Hours" at sites with no electric hookups, then you might consider a battery upgrade and inverter install.
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Interesting, it's extremely unusual for a new motorhome with a generator to not have an inverter. Almost all of the units we looked at had a 1,000 to 1,5000 watt inverter.

Even the class B's that we looked at had them. Perhaps you can get the dealership to add one in as part of the deal? It's amazing what a dealer will throw in to make the deal happen.

When we find the inverter most useful is when we are driving (no problem with battery power, as the inverter is fed by the engine alternator). We charge the laptops, phones and tablet from the inverter while driving, as they charge MUCH faster then using a 12v charger. We also have a crock pot going in the sink, and use the pod coffee maker at rest stops... all off of the inverter.

Works great!
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Specs show a single group 24 battery. That is not enough for any worthwhile inverter use.

I suggest that you use the generator and see how it does. If you find that the noise bothers you, or you need power during "No Generator Hours" at sites with no electric hookups, then you might consider a battery upgrade and inverter install.
I did get a second battery as an upgrade option.
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I have a Honda EU2000 that I keep in one of the bays. I use it instead of the 'onboard' sometimes because it is much quieter and doesn't shake the coach. Also it uses about 1/5th of the fuel.

I recently installed a 'soft start' capacitor on one of my AC units so the Honda can even run it. Learned about that from this forum.
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I don't know if any Gensets have been killed from use.........
many have been killed from non-use.

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If the MH isn't pre-wired for an inverter, it's quite pricey to have it done. The other option would be to swap out the battery for a bank of 6 volt batts, wire an inverter in the compartment and use an extension cord. Of course, I'll betcha that will void the warranty. Anything you do nowadays voids the warranty!!!
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