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Old 06-29-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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Boondocking and generators

Looking for advice as to which way would be the best to go. My current plan is to pick up a couple of 3k portable gen sets so I can run everything in the rv if need be. We will need a genny to charge batts and run the AC or both ac's if need be, on our extended dry camping trip that runs usually 9 to 10 days but looking to extend the trip 11 to 12 days.

I've looked a little at lp gensets but the rate at which they burn through fuel turned me off. A comment on here recently had me thinking about them again and was comparing the onan 6500 lp to the dual 3k gas gennys that I wanted. The burn rate at full load on both is identical.

My question to anyone with a 5500 or 6500 lp generator is have you done and long boondocking trips with it? How long was your trip? How much did you use your gen? And the big one, how much lp did you go through?

I know I'm asking a lot but it's a very big investment and I don't want to make it twice. If I can find out about your experiences, then I can hopefully make an educated decision. Thank you for taking the time to read this novel!
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have always heard about the lp gensets GO thru fuel...

IMHO, gasoline is easier to come by than LP... and what is the price difference ?
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Would be hard to do lp that long 24/7 ... Takes a lot of fuel and a PITA to refuel .. the twin small gas might work but still takes a lot of fuel..... Boon-docking with ac's is not cheap!! I only use mine in between stops or during power outages .. Good luck
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Had an LP 6.2 KW in our 2000 Dutch Star. In one 5 day period in 90° weather we went through two 10 gallon external tanks and most of our onboard 40 (32 usable) gallon propane tanks. Plus, being air cooled, it would overheat and shut down. Once it cooled down we could restart it but it always shut down when you really needed it.
Never again will we have a propane generator.
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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.
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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.
Well that wouldn't be to bad then , either would work.. my MH is LP 6500 will run everything on my rig and I like the clean burning quite running .... I have a 45 gal lp tank and wish I had a 100 lol..... If this unit ever goes out ... it probably won't I'll replace it with a diesel myself !!
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PS Miller, what's the most you used you gen on a trip?
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Had an LP 6.2 KW in our 2000 Dutch Star. In one 5 day period in 90° weather we went through two 10 gallon external tanks and most of our onboard 40 (32 usable) gallon propane tanks. Plus, being air cooled, it would overheat and shut down. Once it cooled down we could restart it but it always shut down when you really needed it.
Never again will we have a propane generator.
Agree ^ If this one ever goes out ....> I'll replace it with a diesel .
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Go with gas..... we had a o5500 and it ran for 5 days straight using about 1/3 of the tank
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PS Miller, what's the most you used you gen on a trip?
Being in Texas in the summer well run it the whole time we are driving between parks 8hour days at the most .. But I've ran this one 24hrs only a few times ... They say it'll use a gal per hour but it gets better than that.. But LIke I said if your running 24/7 nothing takes the place of DIESEL gens ..
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Go with gas..... we had a o5500 and it ran for 5 days straight using about 1/3 of the tank
gas as in gasoline ?
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Only problem with a gas onan is I have to figure out how to get fuel to it. This will end up in a 5ver. Probably forgot to mention that.
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Only problem with a gas onan is I have to figure out how to get fuel to it. This will end up in a 5ver. Probably forgot to mention that.
I'm sure some one on here has done it before alot of 5ver's have gens now ..
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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.
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