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kfp673

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So I recently purchased a pair of champion inverters and the parallel kit. We used it during overnight road stops during our recent trip to FL and they were great. Ran the 15K AC and everything else no problem. As we head into the summer I am curious to know if anyone runs a generator while towing a travel trailer to keep the AC running and whatever else similar to what motorhomes do? My outback has a nice rack on the rear and I think I could secure both generators and the parallel box pretty easily. The next thing would be finding a very short 50amp shore power cord so that I don't need to secure 25'. Anyone doing this?

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Most portable generators need to be level when running. Roads are not level, and the carrier may not be level, when hooked to tow vehicle.

Some folks are afraid to run their fridge on propane, while going down the road. I would not feel comfortable, with two running gens, bouncing around on back of a towed trailer.

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Some run the generators just before their last stop so the AC cools the trailer down. They don’t have to be perfectly level. I’d be concerned about the bouncing more than anything.

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While I’m sure you’d be ok, your A/C should cool your unit quickly when you arrive. What else would you need electricity for going down the road?

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I have in the past ran my fridge on LP while traveling remembering most times to turn it off while fueling. I don't anymore as I found the fridge will stay cold for a 7 hour and even up to a 10 hour trip with it in the off position. So I don't see the value of running a portable generator on a TT taking the chance that the fuel cap will stay tightly closed. Or fuel spilling out the vented cap. Keep in mind that portable generators weren't designed for this purpose.

As for the AC, as was stated already, they will cool the TT quickly.

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Thanks guys. Regarding propane Fridge, I have done that for years and never had a problem. I start it 24 hours before I leave, load it just before leaving and keep it running the entire time. Our trailer is 38' and if the temp is above 80 degrees it takes a while to cool and we end up soaked in sweat getting setup. Would be nice to have it nice and cool when we arrive. I figured motorhomes do it all the time but I did not consider the vented cap. Although they are in the back of my truck getting there and dont ever spill?? Anyway, thanks!

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Run them... They will operate just fine on the rack. It's a carbureted engine just like a dirt bike, the big difference being there isn't a slosh baffle on the main jet on the generator.

My father in law had to run a Honda 2k on a trip because the fridge failed to operate on propane.

My trailer cools 'quickly' but if it didn't I'd run the A/C during the last leg of the trip.


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I run my generator, in the bed of the truck, while driving. I have a permanently installed 12 gauge extension cord run inside the frame rail of the trailer. One end with a twist-lock connector for my TT power inlet, the other with a regular 3 prong plug for the generator.

No problem with it being "off level", if the vehicle engine can run, the generator engine likely will.

No problem with leaking fuel or the cap coming off. The generator vibrates itself far more than driving down the road vibrates it. Don't fill the fuel all the way up the neck if fuel is leaking out cap.

Never ran two in parallel for the AC while driving. I run to power heaters required for severe cold camping (tank heaters, plumbing heaters, etc). Also to re-charge my large battery bank traveling between boondock sites, very helpful on long multi-day drives.

Can't even hear the generator on the highway. Recharge while driving so I don't have to listen to it when I arrive.

For me the only outstanding issue is the exhaust heat. When I travel on a long haul, I usually have the truck bed loaded pretty tight. I have to be mindful about where the hot exhaust port is pointing so nothing else gets damaged.


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I do run my generator while trundling down the road. I'm fortunate to have remote electric start. I'll run it for the last hour of travel to cool down the living quarters on the RV.

I wish I had gone massive solar instead. I could have squeezed on about 1400 watts which would be enough to run the roof air.


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kfp673 wrote:

Thanks guys. Regarding propane Fridge, I have done that for years and never had a problem. I start it 24 hours before I leave, load it just before leaving and keep it running the entire time. Our trailer is 38' and if the temp is above 80 degrees it takes a while to cool and we end up soaked in sweat getting setup. Would be nice to have it nice and cool when we arrive. I figured motorhomes do it all the time but I did not consider the vented cap. Although they are in the back of my truck getting there and dont ever spill?? Anyway, thanks!


In the back of your truck, would be a lot smoother ride than sitting on a rack behind TT. Also you would have your cap vents closed, when not running, so no leakage.

The above posters running theirs in rear of truck, or motorhome, are not subjected to the bounce of a trailer rear carrier. JMHO, hope you figure out what works best for you! [emoticon]

Jerry

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