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Posted: 11/22/21 01:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

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.


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valhalla360 wrote:

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?

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Skibane wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

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.

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Skibane wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

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.


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valhalla360 wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

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.


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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.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:


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.

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pianotuna wrote:

Skibane wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

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.

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valhalla360 wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Skibane wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

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.


Diesel and gasoline are not always avaible at the same "delivery point". Stop for gasoline, move RV to get propane, move again to get diesel.

And yes, I've been at stations that have gasoline and propane but no diesel.

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I would like to convert my CUMMINS/Onan 220V Commercial 6500LP to Gas. It's VERY thirsty.


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