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Old 03-21-2016, 01:11 PM   #15
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Had a 6.2w propane gen in our first DSDP, will NEVER have another. In one 5 day period we went through two 10 gallon tanks as well as most of out onboard 40 (32 usable) gallon propane tank and we didn't run the gen 24 hrs a day. Just as needed for the two dogs we had with us. Being air cooled it also shut down twice due to overheating.
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Can someone please comment on pros and cons of diesel vs. LP genny? I'm shopping for a diesel MH and is wondering which would be better(in terms of cost, noise, smell, etc...) for dry camping
Howdy RVNewbie2, if you plan to do a lot of dry camping/boondocking, I'd suggest you take a serious look at solar. There are many of us here with very affordable solar systems that provide for nearly all of our electrical needs. I have a 7.5kW diesel generator in my rig that works fine but very rarely use it as the solar doesn't consume any fuel and is silent (and I REALLY love the silent part). All that said, I do understand that solar is not for everyone.
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The question was buying an RV with a gas or diesel Gen verses propane, Solar is another issue.

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I have 10KW Isuzu diesel genset in my coach. It's quiet, reliable, and it will outlive me. I am also in the process of taking out the propane tank (30 gallon), propane stove, and the dual propane/electric fridge. "Propane free" is my goal. In the place of the propane tank, I will add another deep cycle battery bank, and enough solar panels on the roof to charge all of it.

I will not be "generator free", but it will run a LOT less while boondocking (which is what I do almost exclusively). Propane genset is a bad idea altogether.

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The question was buying an RV with a gas or diesel Gen verses propane, Solar is another issue.
If one is attempting to "plan" for their entire electrical need, I disagree. .

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We have lp in our Sprinter and at first wished we had diesel. After 4 years, the lp hasn't been a problem even on long trips. We have a small solar panel, use the generator maybe an hour per day. Lp has always been easy to find.
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I have 10KW Isuzu diesel genset in my coach. It's quiet, reliable, and it will outlive me. I am also in the process of taking out the propane tank (30 gallon), propane stove, and the dual propane/electric fridge. "Propane free" is my goal. In the place of the propane tank, I will add another deep cycle battery bank, and enough solar panels on the roof to charge all of it.

I will not be "generator free", but it will run a LOT less while boondocking (which is what I do almost exclusively). Propane genset is a bad idea altogether.

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ok, I have to ask, What do you use for water heater, stove and furnace. also fridge when on dc12 volt?
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I an not throwing away SOLAR but the point is he/she is purchasing a RV and wanted the question answered not a dissertation on alternate power options, I love SOLAR but MOST people need a gen too and that was what the question was.

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Had a 6.2w propane gen in our first DSDP, will NEVER have another. In one 5 day period we went through two 10 gallon tanks as well as most of out onboard 40 (32 usable) gallon propane tank and we didn't run the gen 24 hrs a day. Just as needed for the two dogs we had with us. Being air cooled it also shut down twice due to overheating.

I'm a little confused. That genset should be burning about 1/3rd gallon per hour on average overall.

Even if you went through 75% of your 52 gallons of propane, that is about 40 gallons. That is about 120 hours of runtime. That is 24 hours a day for 5 days straight.

Yet you say you used up 'most' of your propane and didn't run the generator 24 hours a day.
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ok, I have to ask, What do you use for water heater, stove and furnace. also fridge when on dc12 volt?
I have Webasto, and Aquahot. No stove (induction cooktop instead). Res fridge will run off of inverter.
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I'm a little confused. That genset should be burning about 1/3rd gallon per hour on average overall.

Even if you went through 75% of your 52 gallons of propane, that is about 40 gallons. That is about 120 hours of runtime. That is 24 hours a day for 5 days straight.

Yet you say you used up 'most' of your propane and didn't run the generator 24 hours a day.

Most propane generators I have seen burn much more than a 1/3rd gallon per hour.
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If I were buying a diesel MH, it would have a diesel gen set. Used to have a 10K propane powered backup generator. Worked great, loved gas.
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I have Webasto, and Aquahot. No stove (induction cooktop instead). Res fridge will run off of inverter.
Ok, Interesting for sure. Have to look into that. Dan
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Most propane generators I have seen burn much more than a 1/3rd gallon per hour.

Yes, while under load.

When the A/C is not cycling it's basically running no load, and at waaaay less than 1/3rd gallon per hour.

Overall average would be 1/3rd gallon per hour.
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