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DrewE

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Posted: 01/06/20 07:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JAC1982 wrote:


My main concern is if a built-in 5500 generator is enough to power a residential fridge, and both ACs, all at the same time. We aren't worried about running the TV or anything else with a heavy draw at the same time, and basically, the only time the generator is off is when we aren't in the camper or are asleep (so the battery would only need to power the fridge during these times).


That generator would easily be able to run two ACs and a residential fridge. Once running, a residential fridge uses somewhere on the order of 100W or so, I think.

A modern TV, even a reasonably large one, is not a heavy power draw, by the way.





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Just be advised that while Generators in Toy Haulers are Gas, most in standard 5ers run off Propane. A 5500 Onan will run just about everything in the unit, but it will burn through a 40# propane tank in approx 10 hours.


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Thanks all, glad to hear we would be OK with the generator running a residential refrigerator in addition to both of the ACs. We are not new to RVing, but new to the world of anything but toyhaulers. Our current and previous rigs have both been toyhaulers. So Michelle S's tip about the propane generator is very helpful.

As for solar, I am not opposed to it, but initially, it seems like another added expense for something we don't need that often. If we were full-timers, it might make more sense. (Neither of us are even 40 years old yet so we have a ways to go [emoticon]) We have a contact at Cummins so we do not pay full price or anywhere near it for the generator if it is not already included with the rig we buy. Our preferred dealer always has them already included with their 5ers and we do not plan on ordering one from the factory. If noise was a concern, we would not be camping "NASCAR" style at a music festival every year [emoticon] We leave the quiet trips for the fall when we don't need AC anyway, so the generator is only used for an hour or two every couple days to recharge the batteries so we can have lights at night. The built-in one we currently have is pretty quiet anyway.


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I haven't had an RV refrigerator in years.

My 5er has a 10.8cu.ft. residential fridge. I power it with a 300 watt solar setup feeding two GC-2's in series and a 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter. I have a Honda inverter generator for backup. The solar is not always enough to keep up.

We have developed a routine of starting the generator to run the coffee maker, toaster and hair dryer as well as getting a headache start on bulk charge on the batteries. About 45-60 minutes each morning. That keeps me happy (coffee), my wife happy (hair dryer) and the refrigerator happy[emoticon]

My new rig has enough solar to run everything as long as we have good sun. The generator is for cloudy weather.

I LOVE the space we get with the residential refrigerator. I will never go back.

Another bonus. I my refrigerator dies I can find one in stock at most any Home Depot or Best Buy for $300-$400.

* This post was edited 01/07/20 03:10pm by PNW_Steve *


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