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Posted: 06/01/21 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

INSULATION, INSULATION, INSULATION.

Place your hand on the outside of a quality range when it temperature is 400-500 F...

Place your hand on the outside of a quality freezer when its temperature is zero.

Pay up front for insulation or pay later in fuel cost.

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As most of have said, do what makes you feel comfortable. I like to exercise the generator and running the A/Cs (or heat strips) while on the road works perfectly for that purpose.

One other thing about running the generator is that our refrigerator stays powered the entire time we're travelling. We replaced our Electric/Propane model with a conventional refer a couple years back when the system started leaking. What I SAVED with that swap will pay me to run the generator on the road for decades!!!! [emoticon] Plus, with the generator running, every outlet in the coach has 120VAC power so the kids can plug their computers/games/whatever where ever they please.

Again, it's all about comfort & convenience. We're on vacation. When I put $125 (or more, now!) worth of gas filling the RV tank, I have never thought "Gee...if I only didn't run the generator, I'd be saving $5." LOL

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If we are driving while it’s hot we get up and go really early. Even running the roof air doesn’t get forward enough to help the driver much. We also put a large fan in the hallway blowing forward to help the AC get forward


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For Memorial Day weekend I traveled from north Florida to central Florida and back during the heat of the day, 90 plus. Just me and the wife, we only used dash air and were quite comfortable sitting up front. It got warm in the back but we never felt it up front. If had passengers the roof a/c's would have been on


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Yes we run the generator so the passengers can see television and the a/c’s are running.

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Some of these rigs have big inverters, battery banks and solar... does anyone try to use an inverter to power the AC - and pull power from an alternator? And solar?

I guess anything is possible, but practical? Each AC would be 1500 watts - 15 amps running. That doesn’t seem like a big load to add to an alternator.

I’m not worried about fuel use, just hrs of generator use.

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Jframpey wrote:

Some of these rigs have big inverters, battery banks and solar... does anyone try to use an inverter to power the AC - and pull power from an alternator? And solar?

I guess anything is possible, but practical? Each AC would be 1500 watts - 15 amps running. That doesn’t seem like a big load to add to an alternator.

I’m not worried about fuel use, just hrs of generator use.


I think Mr. Mark once said he had his Prevost built with a massive Li Ion battery bank large enough to run his AC. Like 24 batteries or something. If I recall the cost was about $10k for the batteries.


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Jframpey wrote:

Some of these rigs have big inverters, battery banks and solar... does anyone try to use an inverter to power the AC - and pull power from an alternator? And solar?

I guess anything is possible, but practical? Each AC would be 1500 watts - 15 amps running. That doesn’t seem like a big load to add to an alternator.

I’m not worried about fuel use, just hrs of generator use.


That's 15A (or a bit less) at 120V; the load on the alternator would be closer to 150A (assuming a 12V system; half that if you happen to have a 24V system). It's definitely a big load to add to most alternators. That being said, it might be practical on some rigs, at least for a single roof air conditioner. (You'd have to make sure the battery combiner/isolator circuitry and wiring is up to the job, besides just the alternator itself).





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1 AC unit will pull 9 amps when running, startup it pulls 20 amps. a soft start kit would alleviate that issue, but running AC off of an inverter and batteries would require at least $15k in equipment. the thought is great, but Ill just run the generator!


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I live just south of you across the state line. The answer is yes! We have to run it to keep our 35ft class A cool. The window asks like a huge oven and the front A/C never stands a chance, even with a curtain placed just behind the front seats.


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