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emcvay

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Posted: 06/13/18 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So, does anyone ever do this?

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Posted: 06/13/18 07:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, some RVers drive with their generator on for the AC.


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Did it with my motor home. We opted for no dash air when we ordered it, so the roof air was our only option. Worked just fine.


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We did it with the Class A, too. It worked fine. The dash AC wasnt enough when it was really hot.

I turn the fan on sometimes in the TC.


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Yes, when driving in very hot weather. Dash air couldn't handle it. Commercial buses do it all the time. Biggest problem in Motor homes is the generator noise, so a better, quieter generator would be good.


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Interesting, I have heard stories of peoples TC generators overheating while driving which I thought was odd, never tried it myself.

I am however ALL about a quieter generator, man these things are stupid loud.


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Posted: 06/13/18 08:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

AC works when it's windy out, why wouldn't the AC work going down the road?

I personally feel running it while on the road is silly, as is trying to use the truck's AC to cool the entire truck camper. Just leave the windows open, air it out. Fire up the AC when you stop. Doesn't take long to cool down.

Rest assured I'm not lurking in the bushes to attack you should you decide to completely ignore my opinion and run your generator and AC while going down the road.


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Posted: 06/13/18 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the few instances when I actually needed AC in the Vegas region I never considered driving with it on.

I understand the concept of driving with it on in the larger RV's but a TC is small enough that it took very little time to cool it down once I was ready to be inside the camper.


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I think it's very common to run the generator and air conditioner while trsveling.
I have done it several timee.

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With camper it is easy.
You buy one of those seals that go between truck rear window and camper front window and you push cold air from truck into the camper.
Last year my generator failed when we pulled to 120F campground and running truck engine for 4 hr let us survive in the camper.
If I understand this question - Cummins ask for a test on their generator, so the first question to them - is the generator design to be used with truck/camper on the move?
My Lance has generator mounted in the rear.
All heat from truck engine goes there when on the move.





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