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Old 01-04-2019, 09:28 PM   #1
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Which appliances/hardware are recommended that are not RV/Skoolie specific?

My local sears is going out of business, and has a large amount of appliances for kitchen and shop on sale at 70%. Are any of these recommended for purchase, even though they are meant for home use and not specifically RV?

Gas Generator (6000A B&S)
Refrigerator, Full & Compact
Microwaves
Air Conditioner Units - Window/Wall Mounts
Air Compressors

I've seen posts about people using standard appliances, and others recommending against it. Just curious what your opinion is.
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:13 AM   #2
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Generally speaking, appliances made for a home are going to be much larger and consume much more energy than something designed for mobile/RV use. From my experience, the people installing them are mostly stationary where they don't have to worry about things like how much electricity or water they use. Not to disparage that lifestyle at all but just pointing out its quite different from how you would plan a bus to travel.

You don't have to get very far into electricity usage before that generator or other external power source becomes a critical thing that you're running all the time.

Specifically WRT your air compressor, chances are you already have one built into the bus.
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If you haven't bought a bus yet, I'd really think twice about buying appliances (or anything else, really) ahead of time. We wasted I don't know how much money on things we thought we'd use but they ended up not working out for us either because they were just a little too big, or for some other reason. When space is at a premium, it's best to wait until you know what you're getting into before buying. It's sort of a "measure twice, cut once" kinda deal.
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My $0.02....

I agree with Drew. I would be a little reluctant to buy much "bus stuff" before you have a bus.

Regarding refrigerators, I put a 3 way RV refrigerator in my first bus. I wound up replacing it with a 10cf residential refrigerator. More storage in the same footprint and it uses less than 1/3 the (AC) power. The downside is the loss of the ability to run on propane.

That generator looks like a typical 3600 rpm open frame generator. VERY loud for RV use and not terribly fuel efficient. I currently have a Honda EU3000si that I use when boondocking. Quiet, fuel efficient and reliable.
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My $0.02....

I agree with Drugs. I would be a little reluctant to buy much "bus stuff" before you have a bus.

Regarding refrigerators, I put a 3 way RV refrigerator. I wound up replacing it with a 10cf residential refrigerator. More storage in the same footprint and it uses less than 1/3 the (AC) power. The downside is the loss of the ability to run on propane.
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:12 AM   #6
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Well that too........ Just the good ones though

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I have a 15 cu ft fridge in my beast, as well as a conductive cooktop.
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Thanks. You guys probably saved me a thousands or so in errant purchases that wouldn't be efficient choices for a skoolie.
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My $0.02....

I agree with Drew. I would be a little reluctant to buy much "bus stuff" before you have a bus.

Regarding refrigerators, I put a 3 way RV refrigerator in my first bus. I wound up replacing it with a 10cf residential refrigerator. More storage in the same footprint and it uses less than 1/3 the (AC) power. The downside is the loss of the ability to run on propane.

That generator looks like a typical 3600 rpm open frame generator. VERY loud for RV use and not terribly fuel efficient. I currently have a Honda EU3000si that I use when boondocking. Quiet, fuel efficient and reliable.
Honda makes a great generator but they are gold. I bought a Predator 3500 inverter generator from Harbor Freight last year. I put over 200 hours on it while building a barn and fences. Could not be happier with the purchase. I can sit next to it and have a conversation without raising my voice. It is quieter than the Onan I used to have. I decided on it after reading an article on how people in hurricane devastated areas ran them nonstop for over a year. They even changed the oil while it ran. Mine will be installed in the rear engine compartment with dedicated fresh air and exhaust.
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Honda makes a great generator but they are gold. I bought a Predator 3500 inverter generator from Harbor Freight last year. I put over 200 hours on it while building a barn and fences. Could not be happier with the purchase. I can sit next to it and have a conversation without raising my voice. It is quieter than the Onan I used to have. I decided on it after reading an article on how people in hurricane devastated areas ran them nonstop for over a year. They even changed the oil while it ran. Mine will be installed in the rear engine compartment with dedicated fresh air and exhaust.
I've heard good things about the new Predator generators. Sounds like HF is upping their game.

I bought the Honda about 12 years ago and have used the heck out of it. I would not hesitate to buy another.
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