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Old 12-06-2019, 03:00 PM   #57
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All Iíve seen (wanted to look at) if they didnít have a generator already installed they were preped so you could put in the generator of your choice. For me itís a must have just for backup power. Boondocking is my personal preference. Batteries/inverter & solar are my first source of power. Some people want/need the space in the cargo area for a larger bank of batteries (generator compartment). It all based on your wants and needs. Some people just donít want the type of generator provided by the manufacturer too. Iíd suggest you use the ďwhat! No generator?Ē As part of your price negotiations.
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:44 PM   #60
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All Iíve seen (wanted to look at) if they didnít have a generator already installed they were preped so you could put in the generator of your choice. For me itís a must have just for backup power. Boondocking is my personal preference. Batteries/inverter & solar are my first source of power. Some people want/need the space in the cargo area for a larger bank of batteries (generator compartment). It all based on your wants and needs. Some people just donít want the type of generator provided by the manufacturer too. Iíd suggest you use the ďwhat! No generator?Ē As part of your price negotiations.
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If all you need is to charge the batteries, just get a 2k portable gen for use as needed.

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Old 12-07-2019, 12:58 AM   #61
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You were told a pile of BS. Many MHs run a genset while driving or in CG with car/truck parked nearby.
TH means Toyhauler, not a Motor Home.
Your statement is correct, and I'll stand by mine.
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if you live in or near tornado alley or southern plains. you find many have generators. power outages here are common very common in spring. common in winter with all the ice. not having one is less weight etc. Until the powers out 36 hours its 85 degrees and your sweating your tail off. batterys dieing refrig is thawing and you go town and there sold out.
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Old 12-08-2019, 07:38 PM   #63
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It is my opinion that "most" 5th wheel owners only travel within 75 miles to camp. For a short trip, a generator is not absolutely necessary.
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Old 12-08-2019, 08:11 PM   #64
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It is my opinion that "most" 5th wheel owners only travel within 75 miles to camp. For a short trip, a generator is not absolutely necessary.
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Wow. Iíve pulled 5ers over a decade. On the road 6-7 months a year. Shortest trip has been 360 miles. It is used as a stop over heading south or west. Not even new 5er maiden voyages are less than 700 miles.
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Wow. I’ve pulled 5ers over a decade. On the road 6-7 months a year. Shortest trip has been 360 miles. It is used as a stop over heading south or west. Not even new 5er maiden voyages are less than 700 miles.

There are exceptions to every RV use, but generally speaking BruceDeville is correct.
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It is my opinion that "most" 5th wheel owners only travel within 75 miles to camp. For a short trip, a generator is not absolutely necessary.
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Normal summer trip is 8-10,000 mile loop, SW to NW, to Midwest, to TX, OK and home. Winter is short trip, NM, AZ, Ca back to NM.

Maybe most "weekenders" are 75 miles, way different retired.
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:15 AM   #67
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Most DPs have few miles, same with gassers. My last TV was 2 years and 10 months old when traded. How many MHs have 147k miles at that age? Even adding toad miles while away? Working folks may stay close to home but not so the retired I know. Maybe more 5er owners are working still.
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Some of us 5ver owners are still willing and able to ride our motorcycles and tent camp half the time. Some of us also have a smaller camper, of some sort, to facilitate camping places where a 5ver will not fit.
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Looking for our first fifth wheel. We are going to travel with a dog and want to be able to leave him in the fifth wheel while stopped in between campsites while eating, fishing, etc. but want him to be safe and comfortable. I see very few fifth wheels with generators. Why is this?
For the same reason there are dozen's of answers on this thread - people make assumptions.

The key people in your case are the manufacturers and dealers. And they have statistics that say in your area a fiver that comes with the genny installed will take longer to sell than one that does not have the genny.

I sought out a unit that was genny-prepped. And so far that firebox holds our Honda EU2000i, a gas can, our 1lb propane cannisters, and other fire-related items. As our camping style changes we will have the option of adding an Onan to the pre-wired system.

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Have had frienda that had generators in their fifth whwwls. The only time they used it was when they depleted the batteries after a weekend of dry camping. Of course they had to jump start the generator to charge the battery enough to bring the slides in. Long tedious process.
Fifth whwwl generatora, being propane often times have a third propane tank. 7 gallons of propane will only last a few houra then you need to go find a place to refil it. 500 pounds of added weight on the pin? Another big downer. To be honest I see very little use for an on boars generator even in a motor home. Look at most any used MH. See the ODO milage, year and compare that to generator run hours.
When looking to buy a used 5er, I found my 2005 Hitchhiker with a factory installed Onan 3600 propane gen, the propane consumption on full load is .7 gal/hr, and with dbl 7 gal tanks it has a lot more than a "few hours". Solar generally keeps the batteries in good shape when I dry camp but the gen comes in handy to top them off and also run the ac in the afternoon to cool down the interior. It was this feature that sold me on my purchase.
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