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Old 10-22-2008, 09:02 PM   #1
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Generator use on the road

can you run a generator while driving a skoolie?
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:55 PM   #2
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Re: Generator use on the road

Yes. Just be smart about things like the exhaust. In my bus, for example, air is sucked from the back to the front if front and rear windows are open.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:01 PM   #3
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Re: Generator use on the road

Most people I know that roam around in Motor Homes use the Gennie to power their roof A/C's while they go down the road. That's what I have in mind since the bus doesn't have any kind of coach A/C...
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:08 PM   #4
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Yes. Just be smart about things like the exhaust. In my bus, for example, air is sucked from the back to the front if front and rear windows are open.
can i use one from home depot?
it has the appropriate voltage and wattage.....good on gas...fairly priced
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:37 PM   #5
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Re: Generator use on the road

I don't see any reason why not. I really don't care where you buy it from or what brand it is as long as it is relatively safe (and most products sold in the US, save for Chinese made children's toys are) and you are willing to accept the compromise that sometimes comes with price versus reliability.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:44 PM   #6
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Re: Generator use on the road

Be warned, those Lowe's generators are NOT known for their quietness. . .neighbors a block away might complain!
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:44 PM   #7
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okaaaayy thanks experience!
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:25 AM   #8
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Re: Generator use on the road

I have tried running a cheap one I got from menards and after a few minutes the suction or wind from the rear end would suck the life out of it. And I'd have to go back and restart it. I ended up getting a coleman unit that wouldn't do this, it has a extra air duct near the air intake, only problem is I would only get around 5 or 6 hours on 5 gallons of gas, not very good there but at least I stayed somewhat cool. My honda 2000 won't run the 13500 air unit on the bus without popping the breaker after a couple minutes so I haven't tried it.

I might try it on the van sometime but since the van has front air that works great I don't see myself doing that. Maybe if I'm going through a hot state at the end of march into april when I take the van to california and back.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:33 AM   #9
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Re: Generator use on the road

I just got a Champion brand 3500watt generator this summer, used it at Burningman. They seem to be a bit quieter than the typical cheap home/construction genny..... They sell at Kragen's auto parts, and Cabelas; Cabela's had around 75 reviews for the one I bought. Some complained that it wouldn't run an A/C, but I'm sure they plugged into the 10 amp 110 volt receptacle. Need to use the 30 amp RV outlet. Hell I even was able to pull start it with my 13,500 btu rooftop A/C in the "on" position. Wondered why it was hard to pull, and bogged a bit on start-up. I'm very pleased. They are often both on sale and with a rebate. If you watch and wait, they are a good deal.

I plan on making a bin under the bus, in front of the existing massive basement storage (LOVE those last Gillig pusher models) to carry the genny. A door with ventilation, outlet for exhaust, and maybe a slide-out for when parked, easier re-fueling etc. With adequate sound insulation, it should work for down the road and parked.
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Re: Generator use on the road

I have seen a lot of skoolies with a little shelf on the rear bumper that holds the generator so that it can be used while driving down the road.
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