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Ranger Tim

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Posted: 07/06/20 11:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just when I was thinking of converting my Honda to run on Propane!


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Removing 1 of 7.5 gallons propane cylinders make plenty of storage for gas can.... with triple running time.

This is the main reason the thought entered my head. I end up carrying my Honda 2000's and a can of gas because the on board eats so much propane and getting tanks filled can be difficult sometimes.

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worry about fuel use? install a diesel gen set. I have a pp and love it. its now 13yrs old and fires right up.

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Posted: 07/07/20 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's easy. Remove the propane regulator, evaporator, and carburetor, then install a gasoline carburetor. The challenge is in finding the right gasoline carburetor for the engine especially if it's computer controlled. Maybe Onan makes one that you can get from an Onan dealer through their parts department.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

jimh425 wrote:

The reason why small RVs don’t have gasoline engine generators is they don’t typically have gasoline storage built in.


Removing 1 of 7.5 gallons propane cylinders make plenty of storage for gas can.... with triple running time.


well maybe 30% longer, but not 300% longer. But Propane is a whole lot safer.

conventional gasoline has an energy content of 116,090 Btus per gallon, while propane has an energy content of 84,250 Btus per gallon. As such, 1.38 gallons of propane has the same amount of energy as one gallon of conventional gasoline.


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midnightsadie wrote:

worry about fuel use? install a diesel gen set. I have a pp and love it. its now 13yrs old and fires right up.


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Posted: 07/08/20 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Generac impact-36 rated fuel usage

FUEL CONSUMPTION (IN GALLONS PER HOUR):
LOAD - GASOLINE - LP
NO ------ 0.14 --------- 0.20
HALF --- 0.32 --------- 0.41
FULL --- 0.54 --------- 0.77

Mine, 2001 vintage, was available LP or gas, virtually same generator The only difference in part numbers is fuel system parts and few sheet metal bits. Shows identical engine controls charging electronics etc.
LP: carb, regulator, LP solenoid
Gas: carb, fuel pump, filter
If you had owners manual it lists the different part numbers for both. Though I'd do more research it appears it may be as simple as swapping fuel systems ~$150. Quick look around parts available, carb, F/P.
Conversion seems simple enough. However fuel source isn't included, which to me is real hurdle.


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