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Old 12-16-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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Generator while driving would be best. A whole lot more simple than fussing with an inverter and such....cheaper too.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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Generator while driving would be best. A whole lot more simple than fussing with an inverter and such....cheaper too.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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You could probably do one 9000 btu AC off an inverter while driving.

Off the top of my head: the AC would be about 7 amps running, with a couple of 0.8 inefficiency factors, that would be about 100 amps of 13 volt current. So if the altenator could do that most of the time, plus running loads, it could work.
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:09 AM   #4
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You can check on the bus conversions magazine forum. There are a couple of daily posters there that would probably diagram it all out for you.
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Re: Running AC without a generator

I was in a business that rebuilds alternators and generators picking up some lenses the other day and ran that by the owner. He said it wouldn't work. He had a FedEx driver that tried with some inverters that mathmatically could do the job and even added an alternator to his truck. The guy spent 2K or better and couldn't get it to work. I'm sure it is possible but not practical.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:14 PM   #6
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buy a belt driven generator head ...around( 800.) from northern tools or such. Will do the job fine
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:01 PM   #7
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buy a belt driven generator head ...around( 800.) from northern tools or such. Will do the job fine

I can't tell you about buses but our Eagle coach had a fantastic HUGE AC/DC generator/alternator in the rear engine compartment. It were there to run the huge AC OTR air conditioner. David forgot to load the thing into the Blue bird when we left NC. I Don't think we could have used it on the Blue Bird (FE). It was huge and we could have used it rather than a generator.

If you already have a generator that will run your AC unit(s) then why bother with the expense of adding the other stuff? Don't say "save on fuel" because you will use the fuel with the increased drag or the alternator. I figured it all out (it worked out on paper) and had as much invested in inverters and excess batteries. We will be going with a generator mounted up under the rear of the bus to power a window air conditioner that we will "remodel". We will add an auxiliary fuel tank (ABS Valterra Rocket tank), quieter muffler and a home made "genturi"... because I would like to wake up the next morning without a chalk outline drawn around me.
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I'm going to call you all up on a bet here . I will install an engine driven alternator air condiontioning system on my bus . I figure $2000, not including AC unit .
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I'm going to call you all up on a bet here . I will install an engine driven alternator air condiontioning system on my bus . I figure $2000, not including AC unit .
Oh my - a sucker bet

Sure, you can do it ... it's just that 2 grand it'd run you...
I could buy 7 generators for that and they'd each do the same thing with less muss and fuss - put one on a hitch carrier, pull the string and plug in your A/C.

OP's question was phrased this way "Would to be logical or practical to run 2 ACs off of inverters? (when driving down the road)" (italics mine).
Just my opinion, but no, not the way the question is put. No disagreement at all that it could be done if you wanted to do it for whatever reason.

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Also some folks get things at a very good price while others of us can't or don't have the resources. So that would be a silly bet. But if you can, then why haven't you done that? Or tell us how you can or did do it and WHEN you did it. I have a link to a page that says a guy put a homebuilt hydronic heater in his travel trailer for $355. His most costly thing was an Hartell circulating pump for $155. These are 1991 prices. By reusing the rear heat exchanger from the bus along with the original coolant hoses, we can omit some things (like the fans, radiator) and we have an old RV water heater we can use. So that leaves me with locating a hot water circulating pump. Which will cost me more than the 1991 prices. (I lost all my bookmarks so I don't know what one will cost). When we do our hydronic system, I WILL post the hows (along with pictures). Because this is something lots of folks will want to know about. Whether they choose to do it or not is up to them. And there will be some that improve upon what we do.

My big question is, if you know how to do it, then why haven't you posted HOW? Knowing how to run an AC air conditioner unit without a generator is something many converters would be interested in.
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