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Old 07-14-2017, 08:47 PM   #201
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I love that conversion you've built. Been looking for a good bus myself but I'm concerned about fuel mileage in something like a coach. What mileage do you get in that one?
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:23 AM   #202
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I love that conversion you've built. Been looking for a good bus myself but I'm concerned about fuel mileage in something like a coach. What mileage do you get in that one?
Thanks Bon!

Returning home with the newly purchased coach, I was able to get a good number and it was nearly 8.5 mpg (basically empty bus and not towing anything).

The most recent, partial tank calculation was just over 7 mpg. That is running about 65 mph, towing my Jeep, carrying 130 gallons of water, and hauling every single thing I own.
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:33 PM   #203
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When I use a Kill-A-Watt while running things either from my generator or Magnum MS2000 sine-wave inverter, I get the same readings as when from shore power. Square-wave power does weird things - it can make motors run hotter, it can confuse some electronics such as microwave timers, and it can even destroy some things altogether. I suspect that Power Factor is worsened when on square-wave, maybe? Have you tried comparing a reactive load's PF between being on square wave and being on generator or shore power?

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Old 07-17-2017, 02:18 PM   #204
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When I use a Kill-A-Watt while running things either from my generator or Magnum MS2000 sine-wave inverter, I get the same readings as when from shore power. Square-wave power does weird things - it can make motors run hotter, it can confuse some electronics such as microwave timers, and it can even destroy some things altogether. I suspect that Power Factor is worsened when on square-wave, maybe? Have you tried comparing a reactive load's PF between being on square wave and being on generator or shore power?
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I do not currently have shore power to confirm the meter works with it.
... has not changed and isn't going to change for another week or two. I don't even carry a generator. I am thoroughly enjoying my high altitude, cool weather, isolation!!
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