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Old 05-26-2005, 08:47 AM   #1
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There are engine mounted generator but all the one I have seen the engine RMPs need set and stay stable. Driving down the road wouldn't work.....
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:09 AM   #2
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As Kirbystud stated; there are motor mounted generators, but the engine must run at a constant RPM.

What you can do is hook up another high output alternator and hook up an inverter after it.
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Check out these topics we have made here:

Wondering How Much Battery Power You Need?

What to do about batteries.

I have 8 batteries in my bank, plus the engine battery. If you are running a 3000 W inverter you will want more batteries.
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I'm sorry to say that I have yet to find a meet of Skoolies here in AZ. I do know of two Skoolies, one in the PHX area and another in Flag, both Skoolies in the building stages. In fact, as soon as the one from PHX comes back from vacation, we'll be trying to get the electrical system hooked up in his bus.

As far as hooking up A/Cs on an engine alternator; I would rather recommend using a separate gennie. The reason for this is that one A/C unit would probably pull, at a minimum of about 1000 watts of power when running and would require 2000 watts of power on start up. Taking this into consideration, you would need a 185 amp alternator to power the A/C during startup.

You might be able to supplement the alternator power, during startup, with a battery bank, but I don't know how that would affect the alternator.

BTW, I'm also retired military (USAF) and I have a Crown that's a work in progress.
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Old 05-27-2005, 08:05 AM   #5
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Thats a deal. We should have enough people here in AZ to make a decent gathering.

BTW, I like fishing, off-roading (just got rid of my Bronco though), and just sitting around shooting the bull especially after a few Coronas (with some lime, of course).
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ill be in Green Valley AZ with the skoolie for an Offroad race this wednesday through saturday. Yall are welcome to come watch, I beleive the big race is on Saturday, here is a link for more info
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You might look at a big truck alternator they are usually in the 150-200 amp range. Somebody does make a 120VAC generator that can run at varable engine speeds but it is pricey. Basically it is an alternator with a built in inverter. If you are just looking to keep cool while on the road you can always get two old van compressors and build your own system. Should be able to get close to 30,000 BTU.
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Hey Ken,

Sent you a message with my email address. I thought I'd get this conversation off of the conversion discussion section.

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