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Posted: 05/29/20 09:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the replies!

I have a small solar panel already that will recharge the batteries. I'm thinking about A/C and microwave. The Lance 851 does have a generator compartment, but Onan has changed the form factor of their 2500 Watt generator so that it won't fit. [emoticon]

As a follow-on question, if I get a portable generator that will run on propane, how awkward/difficult would it be to connect it to the camper propane supply without pulling a tank out?

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Here is a video of the Igen 2500 running a 15K RV AC..

Igen 2500 running 15K AC


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JimbyBird wrote:

As a follow-on question, if I get a portable generator that will run on propane, how awkward/difficult would it be to connect it to the camper propane supply without pulling a tank out?


You can add an external propane connector. I’m not sure you want to do that though. There are some generators that will run on propane as well, but if you plan to run an AC, you’ll want an extended run time. Since the water heater/stove/refrigerator/furnace all run on propane usually, you will need big propane tanks to make sure you don’t run out.


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jimh425 wrote:

but of course, we can’t sell/buy anything here. [emoticon]


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Our Adventurer 89RBS has the Onan 2500 Generator plus it has a Solar Panel. The Onan is added weight but the benefits of being able to Dry Camp for a few days is why we ordered our TC with those options.

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I have no interest in solar.

If you have a divorced generator that runs on LP I would recommend that you take an extra LP tank with you.

The one I had they claimed it would run for about 10 hrs with a light load on 5 gallons of LP.

Even with my generator being built in I still take extra LP with me.

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specta wrote:

I have no interest in solar.


I mostly think the same thing, but it could be useful if the generator fails.

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The combination of generator and solar is perfect for boondocking. Use the generator for the initial charging. When the battery gets to the later stage of charging it will not readily accept any more amps. It's no longer economical to run the generator. That's when you let the solar top off the battery.


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    What is nice about LPG powered generators is that fuel does not gel or decompose in the carburetor. When I had my Onan 5500, I made sure to crank it up every trip to keep the fuel flow through it. Now I run the LPG powered Onan less than once a month.


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    Gasoline doesn’t gel or decompose if you add an additive or use it. For added protection, buy non ethanol premium.

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