Not telling you what to do. What you need in a generator is different than what we need. I know what we need and have been kicking around generator info/mods for a while now. Nor do I care to hear that what we plan to do is "wrong". This is just what we are going thru over generators....
Generators... the bane of my existence! Or rather trying to pick which kind to get....
Because we don't use a generator very often (only while traveling and when wallydocking in parking lots) then a propane one is a good choice for us. No varnish build up and we could go for years without "exercising" the generator. Running the gas lines is a piece of cake since we would simply "T" off the black gas pipe we will have run towards the back for the LP part of the hydronic system. We would be carrying roughly 100 lbs of LP under the bus. But LP generators generate less power and the price of a propane genny is terrible!
Diesel is the fuel the bus is on and we already have a large tank. But like a gas genny, it needs to be run every month for a brief period. I also do not like the idea of tapping into the fuel tank for the generator. Been there - Done that - Didn't like it. The prices of the diesel generators are bad! Diesel is higher priced that gasoline.
Gasoline gennys need to be exercised every month. If left to sit for even a month the carbs get "varnish" build up. The genny prices are lower though. The price of gasoline is lower than diesel.
I think what I need is a "dual fuel" generator. I think that buying a gas generator and adding a "tri-fuel" (LP, NG & Gasoline) no drill changeover kit will allow us the flexibility needed and still allow us to buy a generator (& kit) staying within my budget. We can go back to gasoline since the carb isn't drilled in a no drill kit. And the output watts will stay the same from what I have read.
So my plan is to buy.... an OPEN FRAME CONTRACTOR GENERATOR (you know, the loud, noisy ones they complain about on the RV forums
) and a conversion kit. Then run the thing off of LP... Parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot next to a sticks-&-staples RV with a Good Sam and/or Escapees sticker, cooking hamburgers on my LP grill and sit in the lawn chairs the lawn chair outside!
I'm going to make a bumper sticker that reads "WARNING! LOUD GENERATOR ON BOARD & AIN'T AFRAID TO USE IT!"
As a side note: I do have a plan on how to quieten the generator down if needed, for our own sanity. I also plan to make a permanent mount genturi to pipe the exhaust up over the roof of the bus... for our benefit only.
No drill kits