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Old 06-29-2016, 08:15 PM   #15
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I'm very surprised at the quick response. Thank you all for your input. I still have some time before I need to have all the details ironed out but the more info the better.
My final decision was a toy hauler so I will have all three fuels around... diesel in the TV (with a spare tank), two 30's of LP (plus extend-a-stay and a couple standard sized for easy trade out) and a 60 gallon fuel station full of gas tied to the Onan 5500 With 117 gallons of water and 100 gal grey tank, I should be good for three weeks, four if I Navy shower
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Would be my ideal situation except for the one almighty fact, happy wife, happy life!
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The gen wouldn't be used 24/7, just for battery recharge and AC use when needed. Also from 1030pm to 630am no gen use allowed.
The usage I posted in post #4 was less than 8 hours a day over 5 days. We were using something like 1.2 GPH, so it was no where close to 24/7.
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Have you considered the genny in the bed of your pickup? Quieter, no problem with gasoline odor, easier to refuel.
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I believe I stated that in the original message. I am comparing the built in 6500 watt to dual 3000 watt portable ones. According to what the manufacturers have posted, they would be burning the same amount of fuel at full load. So I wouldn't be saving any fuel either way. So I want to find out real world experiences with the onan. I don't know anyone who has one that I can talk to. So as I said, all the input and responses are very helpful. Thank you all.
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I had a propane genny in a previous coach. Worked well, but sometimes finding fuel was problematic. I would not go with another one, rather gasoline or diesel.

The pair of 3000's can be coupled together I assume, to provide for two air conditioners?

I would go for the pair of 3000's methinks. You can run just one when two are not needed and easier to handle.
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I recommend a built-in gen set. The remote start and not having to lift, move, and tie-down separate units is worth it.
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The gen wouldn't be used 24/7, just for battery recharge and AC use when needed. Also from 1030pm to 630am no gen use allowed.


Boon docking in the middle of nowhere?
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We get dry sites when we go up to Oshkosh at the end of July. We are there for 9 days usually but are going to start going for 12 to 13 days in the next couple years.

It gets very crowded with thousands of RVs packed in a space usually housing maybe 150 to 200? So yes there are quite times over night.
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I ended up with one Yamaha EF3000iSEB generator. It's a 3000 watt but with a battery for the electric start. When the 15k A/C unit starts it uses the battery for extra boost (that's what the B in iSEB stands for) and the 3000 watts is enough after that. I can run the ac unit and my charger for house batteries no problem. I also have a 50amp receptacle on the front of the trailer so I use a 50/30 adapter and hang the cord over the tailgate and pre-cool the trailer before end of day.


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Are you locked into staying in hot temperatures where you need AC? There are plenty of places to go with very pleasant weather in the summer.

Would you consider solar to recharge your batteries?

We had solar and could boondock indefinitely except for having to dump the tanks and refill with water every 2 weeks.

We made coffee on the stove; made toast in the frypan; grilled outside; didn't need television or the microwave although our inverter would take care of that.

There are other options out there.
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Well we are going on our boondocking trip, staying with family rv, and will be in middle Wisconsin and the weather is supposed to be mid 80's to lower 90's and humid. So the AC will get run a lot this year. The last several years we ran the AC maybe 1 each year with 1 year actually having to run the heat! So sometimes we need the AC. And when we finally get a rv we will have our 2 dogs with us. And for them we will have it much more temperature controlled than if it were just us.
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I have a 36' trailer with 2 15k Dometic ACs. In 90+ weather, I can run both ACs off my 5500 Onan and get about 2.0 days per 40# tank. Thankfully, at night, there usually is enough breeze to get by w/o the gen. I have a 3rd 40#tank I take with me and use it sitting on the ground so I can get the other 2 tanks filled. Its a hassle, and costly, but I would not be w/o the remote start and onboard fuel supply.
I don't think there is a perfect answer for you, but good luck on your trip.
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Seriously consider the built in gennie if it is offered in the unit you will be buying, especially if it is mounted on a slide out so it is easy to get to if you need to.

The remote start and the weight on the trailer chassis are, in my opinion, the big plusses for getting the trailer mounted gennie. Plus, it should run damn near everything in the trailer. If you find you need more electricity for, say, running a hair drier while the AC is on, then turn your fridge to "GAS ONLY" and save about 4-500 watts for another purpose. WIth some thought into energy management, you can run whatever you would like to on the built in gennie.

If you really want to go overboard with an external gennie that is oversized for your needs, get almost anything you want as it can be placed in the truck bed and left there, chained up for security.

If you get a gennie with a fuel pump, you can get external fuel tanks to reduce filling frequency and safely refill the external tank without shutting off the gennie.

Inverter gennies that are large capacity are probably very expensive, but they can run quietly if energy needs are low, saving more of the quiet(er) enjoyment of camping and saving some fuel at lower RPMs.

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