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RE: Generator to run three RV's?

Yes, a grid connection would be far more convenient and likely cheaper but... 30,000.00 buys a heck of a lot of solar. I'm sure it does...not sure how this is relevant to the conversation though.
valhalla360 11/23/21 12:41am Tech Issues
RE: Converting Honda generator to propane

The bigger challenge is obtaining and carrying enough propane if you will be using the generator for any length of time. Is that really any worse than carrying enough gasoline to do the same thing? If the RV is a diesel with propane cooking/heating, then carrying a gasoline generator is "one more stop" to make. What stations with diesel are you stopping at that don't have gasoline? I've never seen one.
valhalla360 11/23/21 12:40am Tech Issues
RE: Converting Honda generator to propane

What I can't believe is honda hasn't started putting it out as a factory option. Concur ! Also, I think almost the whole industry is "missing the mark" ! People want a small, quiet, one-hand-carry generator that puts out an honest 2400W (20A @ 120VAC), continuously ! The Westinghouse iGen 2600 is close, but only 2200W continuously. Besides a propane option, people would pay extra for factory installed external gasoline tank connection. It's more a Honda issue. Champion has lots of dual fuel options as do other brands.
valhalla360 11/23/21 12:39am Tech Issues
RE: Ever heard of this?

This gained a bit of popularity about 15-20yrs ago (people have been doing it for far longer...the original diesel engine was designed to run on peanut oil). It was very popular with older Mercedes diesels. Newer motors often couldn't accommodate it. Biggest issue is if you go back 20yrs ago, fry oil was a waste product. Restaurants paid people to take it away. So if you showed up and syphoned off a few gallons, no one cared. Then as oil prices went up, the market shifted and companies were paying restaurants for their used oil. Suddenly, it was theft and bins were locked. Sourcing waste oil became a problem. Additionally, to be legal, you need to pay fuel tax, so even the claims of buying oil from costco aren't entirely legitimate. If you get caught running what is essentially "off road" fuel, the fines are pretty hefty and their back seat tank is fairly obvious and attention grabbing if they get pulled over. A fun science experiment but really not worth the trouble.
valhalla360 11/22/21 07:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator to run three RV's?

I think we are getting the cart before the horse here. If and after you find a property, then look at having an electrical drop put in by the local power company. Then go from there. The possibly exist thth you can just drive in and flip a switch. Is what I did for my sticks and bricks home and pole barn. ;) Yes, a grid connection would be far more convenient and likely cheaper but... In a lot of areas, they won't provide a power drop unless you are actively pursuing the building of a house or business.
valhalla360 11/22/21 07:31am Tech Issues
RE: Generator to run three RV's?

Plus without a platoon of healthy strong 18yr olds to do the digging, that's a lot of work. In soft soil, it's 20 minutes for a tractor with a backhoe. In rocky soil, add another couple hours. Same difference...most RV'ers I know don't have a backhoe as part of their rig and you didn't address flooding in the pit.
valhalla360 11/22/21 03:08am Tech Issues
RE: Converting Honda generator to propane

The bigger challenge is obtaining and carrying enough propane if you will be using the generator for any length of time. Is that really any worse than carrying enough gasoline to do the same thing? Not the end of the world but more of a challenge: - 5 gal jug of gas will run our 2400w generator for around 35-40hr continuous with a fair load on it. A 30lb tank will last maybe 15-20hr. - I can fill a gas jug at any gas station and I can do it any time of day using the automated pumps. A 30lb tank requires a filling station which is much more rare and typically operates far more limited hours. Actually switching to dual fuel for other reasons but access and carrying fuel is a downside.
valhalla360 11/22/21 03:06am Tech Issues
RE: Converting Honda generator to propane

cons propane is more expensive than gasoline. generator is some what thirsty for propane output wattage is some what lowered. pros no worries about varnish build up in carburetor oil changes less frequently spark plugs last a lot longer. I'd get a trifuel one--so that natural gas could be used. Just have fun! I like the propane option but: - At least locally, the cost difference is negligible. - The bigger challenge is obtaining and carrying enough propane if you will be using the generator for any length of time. I don't want to use the house tanks. If you are just using it for an hour or two for battery charging not a big deal but if you are running it for 8-10hr per day, it starts becoming an issue. What I can't believe is honda hasn't started putting it out as a factory option.
valhalla360 11/22/21 01:03am Tech Issues
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

I once towed a 21' 4000 lb TT with a V6 Nissan Frontier. Got 8.5 on my best day. Moved up to an F150 5.4, 3.73 and started getting 10.5 mpg's consistently. The frontal area on the MKE is whats killing your mpg's. Slow down to 60 mph and you get better mpg. Aerodynamics can be pretty hard to predict. Pulling a 28ft mid height 5th wheel, averaged 12mpg Pulling an empty 8ft enclosed utility trailer got the same. Smaller sample size but the brakes weren't dragging and nothing else appeared to be wrong. Only thing I can figure is the aerodynamics are smoother with the 5th wheel where the wind comes off the truck cab and immediately goes up the front of the trailer. With the utility trailer it drops back down and hits the front of the utility trailer adding more drag.
valhalla360 11/22/21 12:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Generator to run three RV's?

With a large semi-permanent installation, you can move it further away and/or build a sound enclosure that negates the sound level. The military just digs a pit, and drops the generator in it. (Erecting a tarp over the pit is recommended in rainy weather...) Problem with a pit is it also needs drainage (even with a tarp). Plus without a platoon of healthy strong 18yr olds to do the digging, that's a lot of work. Much easier to build a small shed, insulate it and provide some ventilation.
valhalla360 11/22/21 12:44am Tech Issues
RE: Generator to run three RV's?

In the OPs case.. 2 RVs with 50A shore power = 24Kw 1 RV with 30A shore power 3.6Kw Fair chance that the folks with 50A shore power will easily end up tripping the gen. Their rigs have a 50A breaker so they can draw 50A (6,000W) on each leg which means the generator breaker now becomes the limiting factor. You are confusing the theoretical peak load with the realistic peak load. Most 50amp rigs never hit anywhere close to their theoretical peak. 30amp it happens but even there it's for a second or two then drops back to something closer to 10-15amps. As long as everyone's air/con compressor doesn't kick over at the exact same time, you can have a generator quite a bit lower. Not "confusing" anything. For all intents and purposes, the two RVs with "50A" shore connections are able to draw more power than the one that is 30A. The breakers on the gen now become the limiting factor. A 6Kw gen can output a max of 25A at 240 or 2 120V at 25A each. 13.5K A/C when running will draw easily 13A (1560W)in the heat of the day not including startup surges. They will have a LRA current of 20A-29A (2400W-3480W)each. The LRA is why many folks struggle getting a 2Kw inverter gen to consistently start and run a A/C unit. Typical 6Kw gens are combo 120V/240V, you can pull max of 25A at 240V or you have essentially two separate 120V only windings which provide 25A each. if the 50A rigs were connected via a 50A-30A 120V adapter you have to stack two rigs on one 120V winding and one on the other 120V winding. You could of course connect the 50A rigs to the 240V outlet but now you have two rigs stacked but yet the way 50A rigs are wired it will still have more loads on L1 than L2 and still have to share one leg heavily (generally the second A/C unit is put on the L2 circuit). The result will still be someone losing out. The fix is simple, either go much bigger than 6Kw or bring your own smaller gens. 9Kw-10Kw would be the min I would recommend, that gives you some hope that the two rigs stacked on the one leg will not easily trip the breaker on the gen. Something else to consider when using 120/240 gens, uneven loading of the two 120V windings results in uneven and poor voltage regulation. The AVR samples from only ONE of the 120V windings resulting in rather poor voltage regulation if you stack the load unevenly (IE more load on the wrong winding). Clearly you still are missing the point. Sure two 50amp rigs "are able" to draw more than a single 30amp rig...but that doesn't mean they will draw anything close to the 12,000w theoretical max. In point of fact, they are not rated for 12,000w continuous but only 80% of that. In real world practice, getting it down into the 3000w continuous with no noticeable impact on lifestyle...yes, if you purposely turn everything on, you can push it up in the 6-7kw range. With modest attempts to control usage, getting it down to around 1700-2500w is very much viable with minimal impact on lifestyle. You seem focused on being able to supply the theoretical max. Even electrical codes reduce the mandated supply when servicing multiple circuits because it's very rare for all of them to be maxed out.
valhalla360 11/22/21 12:40am Tech Issues
RE: Contradictions with EV’s

Yes I agree the few coal plants remaining should be converted or shut down. Great idea and we have an example. Germany pushed heavy subsidy to eliminate coal power plants and replace with solar/wind. Result: Electricity prices 3 times what we pay in the USA and they import coal powered electricity from Poland. Great Solution!!!!
valhalla360 11/22/21 12:24am Tech Issues
RE: Contradictions with EV’s

As said, if you only need a couple miles per day, it's viable but that meets the needs of very few people...also, you aren't eliminating hardly any oil consumption, since you weren't consuming any to begin with. Sono: 21 - 3 = 18 miles unused 214 /18 =~ 12 days to fully charge Lightyear one 40 - 3 = 37 miles unused 450 / 37 =~ 12 days to fully charge Since 2012 I've only driven 45000 miles (in the car). I did loan the car to a friend for 5 years when ever I was traveling, snowbirding and full time. That friend probably drove 25000 of those miles, but here are the figures assuming I drove them all myself. 45000 / 9 / 366 =~14 miles per day. So either of these vehicles would almost never require charging at my location. Sono 21-14 = 7; 214/ 7 =~31 days to fully charge. Lightyear one 40-14=26; 450/26 =~17 days to fully charge. How many sun free days could be accommodated? Sono 214/ 14 =~15 days; Lightyear one 450 /14 =~32 days. Both cars meet and exceed my maximum required range (180 miles). The Sono Sion cost is about $33,000.00 usd. The lightyear one is about $175,000.00 Now list cars actually for sale with real world data to support the marketing... Of course, you are wildly below typical usage (ie: no one is marketing based on your mileage). Average is around 12-15k miles per year.
valhalla360 11/22/21 12:20am Tech Issues
RE: MI to FL

I think the fear of Atlanta is overrated (assuming you don't try to go thru at rush hour). But if it concerns you that much, consider swinging slightly east thru Columbus then I-77 to I-95. The Ohio portion isn't interstate but pretty open and you can make good speed. It's only like 7 miles longer. US-27...fine if you are in no hurry and just want to get away form the interstates but I don't see it being a better option to Point A to Point B.
valhalla360 11/21/21 01:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Towing With Water Pump Switched On. Burn Up Pump??

How about adding an accessable switch? Normally OK to leave it on but there are several reasons why the pump could run dry, probably not the best scenario. And if it does the pump may well draw more amps than the TV charge line can supply which is also not desirable. This is probably a better option. Normally, it won't be an issue but if you have a faucet jiggle on or develop a leak, it will start pumping water. Particularly for a leak, this could dump 30-40gal onto the floor. In theory, the pump can run dry but after hours, it's a lot of stress on the rubber diaphragm, so it may wind up with a short life if it winds up running dry for a long time.
valhalla360 11/21/21 01:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

At 75mph, that's great MPG for that truck...of course as people have noted, you are probably exceeding the speed ratings.
valhalla360 11/21/21 01:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Rv awning -- does it pencil out?

Timmo solar is under $1 per watt installed. Where are you buying fuel at those prices today? You have not factored in maintenance. My Yamaha wants oil every 50 hours. If I relied on it totally and ran 24/7 that's every two days, two hours. Not in Canada but in a lot of the USA, it's still a reasonable long term assumption. Odd, my Yamaha calls for oil change every 100hr. If you just need to charge the batteries, solar is a good option. Generator's make sense when you need high load, longer duration output.
valhalla360 11/21/21 01:14am Tech Issues
RE: Generator to run three RV's?

In the OPs case.. 2 RVs with 50A shore power = 24Kw 1 RV with 30A shore power 3.6Kw Fair chance that the folks with 50A shore power will easily end up tripping the gen. Their rigs have a 50A breaker so they can draw 50A (6,000W) on each leg which means the generator breaker now becomes the limiting factor. You are confusing the theoretical peak load with the realistic peak load. Most 50amp rigs never hit anywhere close to their theoretical peak. 30amp it happens but even there it's for a second or two then drops back to something closer to 10-15amps. As long as everyone's air/con compressor doesn't kick over at the exact same time, you can have a generator quite a bit lower.
valhalla360 11/21/21 01:11am Tech Issues
RE: Generator to run three RV's?

Something else to consider, the bigger gen you go, the much louder it will be, somewhere I have a link to a video I took with a sound meter for my 8500W 13HP gen, very, very loud.. I use good quality hearing protection when I am near it when running. With a large semi-permanent installation, you can move it further away and/or build a sound enclosure that negates the sound level. I played with simply putting a piece of plywood between the generator and the trailer this summer and it was easy to hear the difference. This was just a plain piece of plywood, not an enclosure and no sound absorbing materials.
valhalla360 11/21/21 01:07am Tech Issues
RE: Contradictions with EV’s

Many or most states charge the road tax to the registration. I assume the rest will soon follow. Never mind carbon, I want clean air. Yes the utilities are still in transition to solar and wind. Great progress has been made in 50 years. With any luck progress to cleaner air will continue. Most states severely undercharge EVs for roads. On a side note: https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrEwhWg_JlhP7gAoR9XNyoA;_ylu=Y29sbwNiZjEEcG9zAzEEdnRpZAMEc2VjA3Ny/RV=2/RE=1637510432/RO=10/RU=https%3a%2f%2fwww.wired.com%2fstory%2fnorway-electric-vehicle-tax%2f/RK=2/RS=Dalktgj50RXbid1x4tycIkxp8p4- Norway has been at the lead subsidizing EVs and they are running into a problem...of course, they would be a poor backwater if they didn't sell massive amounts of that nasty oil. They are the highest producers per capita in the world.
valhalla360 11/21/21 01:02am Tech Issues
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