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Old 10-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #11
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Yep, I agree with all of the above. When I was researching it I never intended on running 24 hours a day. I was looking at running electric heaters in the bus which would need constant input from the alternator in order to run all night. After my research and discovering the costs, i.e. fuel and possible engine damabe, I opted for a propane heater . We won't be using a ton of electricity so I am also looking into solar panels for recharging rather than a genny.
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If you arent going to use a ton of electricity, why spend the money, time fuss and the ugliness of solar? Just get a small generator and keep it simple.
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Nah, I wouldnt want to put the hours on the big engine or idle my engine at one rpm too long.

You can find a Champion 3500W for about $230 if you look hard. They are a great Chinese knockoff generator. I spent a LOT of time researching them and found a lot of positive. Even if you run it for 2 yrs and junk it, pretty cheap to replace.

I have had one for three years I think. Starts right up every time and runs like a champ. I got mine for $295 at TSC.
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If you arent going to use a ton of electricity, why spend the money, time fuss and the ugliness of solar? Just get a small generator and keep it simple.
When I say I won't use a ton, I mean I would be able to keep up with a 45 watt set of panels. So I could spend money once on a set of panels and not pay again or I could spend a couple hundred dollars on a genny and continue paying as long as I use it. That is my thought process at this moment. I haven't decided one way or another.
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...opted for a propane heater . We won't be using a ton of electricity so I am also looking into solar panels for recharging rather than a genny.
That makes perfect sense. The 45 watt panels should be good for about 12-15 ampere-hours of recharging capability per day. Not a huge amount, but enough for judicious use of a couple of lights and maybe a stereo or TV. If necessary, you could start and fast-idle the main engine for maybe 30 minutes every other day to take up the slack.
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