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fixyourdns

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Posted: 08/21/12 09:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stupid question... This is our first RV and was wondering if it is possible or a bad idea to run the generator while driving?

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Posted: 08/21/12 10:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

Lots of folks do run the genny while driving. What do you wish to power?


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Posted: 08/22/12 04:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a MH, I would run the gen.. When I had MH I ran mine all the time while driving. I used gen power to run the coach AC units. I found it keep the coach cooler. Also ran the refg on gen power instead of propane.


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Many of us do it quite often. The dash ac will really struggle to keep whole house cooled. Most gennys will use about 5-8/10 of a gallon per hr.


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Posted: 08/21/12 10:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Motorhome, trailer, toyhauler.....what rig do you have and where/how is your generator set up?

Running them is what they are for.


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Thanks for the quick reply..
New to the forum and our first RV Motor Home older 1984 southwind. The old girl held her shape 27,300 miles. The generator is factory installed at the back.

Just powering icebox maybe roof top AC... but not sure it that should be done...

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Posted: 08/22/12 06:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I run our's for the roof ac's to work in hot weather, also to run the microwave while we're rolling.


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Posted: 08/22/12 06:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No problem to run it while going down the road. Just one thing to keep in mind: it gets its fuel from the MH gas tank and to prevent you from running the MH out of gas when using the generator, the gas feed from the tank is usually positioned at about the 1/4 full mark. That means when you get below a 1/4 tank of gas the generator will lose its fuel supply.


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Posted: 08/22/12 05:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Having a motorhome with a gen built-in is one thing with everything out-of-sight. With the towed RV trailer the generator is sitting in the back of the truck bed in my case at least. My generator permanently sits in the tail gate corner of the truck bed secured to the inside truck bed and can be totally out-of-site when the tail gate is closed and the folding hard plastic bed covers are closed and locked.

I have done it a couple of times with my OFF-ROAD POPUP when I was carrying a desk-height fridge sitting in the front deck of the POPUP. Worked great keep the fridge with freezer cold. These were relative short 2-3 hour trips to the close-by mountains here. Other times I just run my fridge on electric before the trip and then switch to 12VDC during the trip. Always cold and ready to use when we get to the camp grounds...


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An Important Point has been omitted!

If you do not have a CO monitor that is less than 7 years old, go get one. The biggest danger with running the genset (APU) is CO poisoning caused by the different airflow around the moving coach.

We run our APU anytime we need the roof A/C or the microwave even when underway.

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