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Old 02-17-2018, 09:30 PM   #1
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Emergency Gen for recharging batterys

So I'm looking to mount a generator under the bus as an emergency backup in case my batteries get too low. I'm planning to get the aims inverter/charger that says it has an automatic gen start.

Few questions:
- Does this work with a champion duel fuel electric start gen.
- Can you keep the propane fuel switch on all the time so I never have to access the generator to start?
- Can the generator run where it is mounted under the bus?

Bonus question.
- Should the generator be mounted far from propane tank?

If the auto gen start doesn't really work with these portable generators, I will probably get a duel fuel pull start.

Thank you for the help!
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:43 AM   #2
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I looked at the Champion 3100 inverter dual fuel. It is not equipped to handle the auto start.

With a little tinkering you could put together a bit that would make it play. A little Arduino magic
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Old 02-18-2018, 09:33 PM   #3
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Are there any portable generators that accommodate the auto start feature?
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Old 02-19-2018, 12:52 PM   #4
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I have not been able to find one so far.
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Seems I have seen either some aftermarket kits or youtube hacks to accomplish remote starting. Don't know about "auto" starting.
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Seems I have seen either some aftermarket kits or youtube hacks to accomplish remote starting. Don't know about "auto" starting.
I saw some discussion of building an Arduino based auto start setup for the Honda EU2000i. No finished product just ideas. It looked fairly straightforward for someone handy with the Arduino.

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I saw some discussion of building an Arduino based auto start setup for the Honda EU2000i. No finished product just ideas. It looked fairly straightforward for someone handy with the Arduino.

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Hmmm. Maybe my son can make one for a school project and get double duty out of it? I know he's using Arduinos now studying engineering at Northeastern. I'm sure we'd get a cheaper generator though.

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Hmmm. Maybe my son can make one for a school project and get double duty out of it? I know he's using Arduinos now studying engineering at Northeastern. I'm sure we'd get a cheaper generator though.

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If he pulled something off that would work nicely with the Champion and Honda inverter generators he may find a market for them.
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Definitely may have a market. Maybe I should get the electric start model in case someone figures it out!
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If he pulled something off that would work nicely with the Champion and Honda inverter generators he may find a market for them.
My son was really busy last week but he finally answered me about this. He said he didn't think Arduinos were "robust" (for lack of a better word) enough to do this reliably in a mobile situation even though you could make it do it in a controlled environment.

So yes, but no. He's using them in the project he's doing which is a new exhibit for the Boston Children's Museum I think. Pretty cool, but a more controlled environment. He got to practice all sorts of skills that will come in handy on the bus, too! Building a hinged box for storage like for under the bed, etc.

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