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RE: California Bill 1346

The ban will ONLY be in effect IF technology catches up. Currently, there is no viable non-IC generator technology, so unless that changes you will still be able to use your generators in California after 2024. Lawmakers will simply declare existing technology to have "caught up" - regardless of whether it actually has or not - and ban IC generators. After all, any IC generator can be replaced with batteries, if your wallet is deep enough. No, they won't. The text of the bill is specific in that the technology is "same to same". A battery bank is NOT equivalent to a generator. Feasibility and practibility is also part of the bill. At this time it is not feasible to replace a generator with a battery bank - the cost would be prohibitive, the weight and size of the battery bank prohibitive, and the practibility of using a battery bank without recharging capabilities does not exist currently. Right now, there is no viable replacement for a generator - whether for home emergency use or RV use. Here's the actual text of the bill. The only mention of "feasibility" or "practicality" in it is completely subjective: If some unelected bureaucrat deems the replacement for an IC engine to be "feasible" and "practical", then the IC engine is banned... The law only applies to the sale of small engine devices manufactured after 2023. Existing ones you own will be legal to use. Mine are 15 years old and still running strong. IC engines you buy out of state will be legal to bring into the state and use. Expect a lot of sales from dealers in Reno, Vegas, Kingman. Medford, etc... You will still be able to purchase from a dealer 2023 models that are still available after the effective date. IC engines you buy from a private party will still be legal. Out of state visitors will still be able to use generators they brought with them. This bill is more virtue signaling than substance. From Los Angeles to the nearest out of state Walmart is 4 hours. From San Francisco it is 3.5 hours. I do not see any major impact for many many years -- long after I am done RVing or tending my lawn.
dave54 12/06/21 08:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Converting Honda generator to propane

The ONE guy that actually answered your question with a pro/con list is correct, and another added that propane does have a cleaner burn and cleaner exhaust. He also forgot that propane can store a very very long time, but gas has a shelf life. That's about it for pros unless you are parked on your land with a big underground propane tank or would be using natural gas from the grid. The varnish build up from gas is a minimal one as that can be negated. Worried about replacing spark plugs? Stop, you can't afford propane to begin with. The big con is the availability of getting propane quick and easy. Gas is easy and everywhere and unless I drive into the big rig section at the back of the travel center gas station there is always a gas hose just inches away. Doing a BBQ tank swap at the gas station or store is not a quick transaction either. The things people come up with just to make a comment... An e way.... Thanks. I'm the OP. No natural gas at home, on propane at home too. My I have several 20# bottles. I figure it is easier to carry a couple propane bottles than a couple of 5 gal gas cans. I can plug into the RV grill gas port if I need to. I have 2x7 gal bottles there. I have never had any problem getting my 7 gal bottles filled on the road. 5 gal bottles should be easier. Plus, I am in California. Propane is cheaper than the cheapest gas. My real question (which I should have addressed in my original question) was how long does a 20# propane bottle last compared to 5 gal gas? Is it any quieter on propane than gas (they are getting old and are not as quiet as they once were, although still pretty quiet), and is starting the same whether really hot or cold weather. Like I said they are now 15(?) years old and, like me, can be slow to start on cold mornings.
dave54 11/29/21 03:04pm Tech Issues
Converting Honda generator to propane

Anyone do it? Pros and cons?
dave54 11/21/21 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Retirement

Retired the first time at age 50. After 6 months DW told me to go back to work. She was still working and thought it was not fair. So I was outvoted 1 to 1. Went to work for local county government and put in ten years. Qualified for a second pension. DW was ready to retire too, by then. Both retired on the same day. Maxed the county 457 plan while working. So I retired at the same take home pay as working. Took SS at age 62. Ran the numbers and it was to my benefit. Never regretted it.
dave54 05/26/21 10:28pm Around the Campfire
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