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Old 01-05-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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gen set... diesel vs lpg

I see some RVs are coming with LPG fueled generators but many are being 'upgraded' to diesel. I would think LPG exhaust wouldn't stink but why do you think so many folks prefer diesel? Is it only for the convenience of sharing the fuel tank?
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fuel consumption (diesel = less) , sharing same fuel, how long engine will last.
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fuel consumption (diesel = less) , sharing same fuel, how long engine will last.
more BTU pre unit with diesel fuel than lpg

I will admit i Have owned both and the lpg genset did smell better, but also ran through fuel rather quickly
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Have had both and will NEVER have another LP unit. They burn too much fuel and you usually have a more limited supply of LPG (32 usable vs 150 probable 100 usable).
6.2 KW LPG will burn at least 1 GPH under moderate load whereas our 8.0 KW liquid cooled diesel uses .72 GP at full load.
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I first had a motorhome with an LP generator, now have one with a diesel generator . . . the latter is way more convenient. The fact it shares a big tank with the engine just removes one more thing to worry about.

Not worried about efficiency, quite honestly, just the convenience.
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Diesel coach, need diesel geny. Gasoline coach, need gasoline geny. If you can find a LP coach, then by all means a LP geny would be great. Keep it simple. If your a heavy geny user like me, and don't want any solar, like me, having one fuel for the coach and geny is a must. A LP geny would be a deal breaker for me.
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I see some RVs are coming with LPG fueled generators but many are being 'upgraded' to diesel. I would think LPG exhaust wouldn't stink but why do you think so many folks prefer diesel? Is it only for the convenience of sharing the fuel tank?
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I'm assuming we're speaking of a diesel chassis coach here?

Even if you forget the different fuels for a minute, the fact the diesel is quieter, often considerably bigger, will last several times longer (liquid cooled vs. air cooled), and will keep it's cool better in warmer operating conditions (100 degrees), the diesel is clearly the better gen. set. If looking at used coaches, very often the diesel unit will add no extra cost over an LP unit, so working with bucks spent for bang received logic works out well too?

All that discarded though, given the option, I'd still go for diesel just for the convenience factor. Just like I'd go for the gas unit over LPG on a gasser chassis coach?
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Ok thanks everyone. I didn't know that diesel was so much more efficient, nor did I know that the L.P. units were air cooled. I haven't heard one run yet.

Yes, we are looking at a used RV and I believe it has a diesel generator.

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Even on a gas coach I shy away from an LP generator.

In times of heavy generator use on LP you could be making several trips to get the LP refilled while with a gasoline or diesel generator stopping and topping off the fuel tank before setting up camp might see you through for your entire stay leaving you more propane available for cooking, hot water and heating. If the propane generators are the MicroLite series which run at twice the RPM as the Gold or Emerald Marquise Quiet generators then they can be much more noisy and irritating.
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