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Old 02-16-2019, 10:01 PM   #1
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Jenny?

Hey guys, This generator is calling my name. Itís currently mounted on a bus and the guy is willing to take it off and sell it.

Iím really wanting to go solar but Iím torn between a big Jenny and enough solar to run everything I want to run. Plus it would be cool to have a generator big enough to power my house if the power is out.

Iíd like some pros and cons if you guys want to put in your 2 cents.

Please enlighten me!
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:04 PM   #2
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If your bank is lead it's not either or, you still need some solar anyway to get it to 100% Full, at least a few times a week for longevity.
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:29 PM   #3
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Hey guys, This generator is calling my name. Itís currently mounted on a bus and the guy is willing to take it off and sell it.

Iím really wanting to go solar but Iím torn between a big Jenny and enough solar to run everything I want to run. Plus it would be cool to have a generator big enough to power my house if the power is out.

Iíd like some pros and cons if you guys want to put in your 2 cents.

Please enlighten me!
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They're a better buy than the Onans and such. Made right near me. I used to plasma cut parts for them. Decent folks but the dude's son is running the place more and he's a bit of a douche.
Price seems decent!
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Old 02-17-2019, 03:48 PM   #4
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You should not pass up a 15Kw gen for $2800. Those deals don't come down the pike very often.

Also, it is my feeling that a really nice setup would be to have both the solar and the generator. This is because each brings its own set of bennies to the table. The solar will give you enough to charge the bank all the way. It will allow you to boondock for long periods of time completely free. But when the sun isn't shining or you have a lot of draw after dark, the generator is going to be a god-send.

I would do both. On my own conversion project, I'm thinking about how I could have the generator automatically kick on when the batteries get to a certain level of discharge like the engine in a Prius. Then the generator would automatically shut down when the batteries reached a preset level of charge. The solar panels could make life easier for the generator all around.

Just thinking.
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That is a $15,000 generator. Think of all the cool appliances you could run with that!

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Old 02-17-2019, 04:57 PM   #6
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I failed to mention this generator has 16,000 hours on it. I dont know much about this brand.

He says itís been well maintained as it was on a mobile blood bank.

Is this a risk? Iím having a hard time swallowing that this generator cost as much as my bus did.
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...this generator has 16,000 hours on it.
Well... that IS a lot of hours. Is there any way you could take a compression check? That would give you a good idea of the condition of the engine.
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