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2oldman

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Posted: 07/11/20 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mrw8i wrote:

Generator. Easiest way to make coffee in the morning.
If you don't have an inverter.

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2oldman wrote:

mrw8i wrote:

Generator. Easiest way to make coffee in the morning.
If you don't have an inverter.

Leaving for the Sequoias this week. Not taking the 35' TH, taking a 17' bumper pull. Leaving portable gen at home, no reason for it (have solar). Coffee will be, boiling water, pouring into a Malita style Funnel with filter into a insulated caraffe.

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Here's my history:
two toy haulers, both had onboard generators and we used them a lot. With new "conventional" fifth wheel there's no place for one and it would have to be propane, not a desirable option for me. I bought a 3500 inverter generator with a wireless remote start, not cheap but it solved my issues. I can get up in my slippers and start the generator and coffee without leaving the trailer. I also added 450 watts solar so need for generator is minimal. Generator lives in truck under locked tonneau cover.


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My toy hauler has a 5500 watt Onan generator. In non-winter weather, the generator is primarily used to run the microwave. I rarely need air conditioning unless I'm in Moab in July. Otherwise, the solar does a good job of keeping the batteries charged. I use an inverter to make coffee and charge my laptop.

In winter, I use too much juice to run the furnace and the generator needs to run for a while to bring the batteries up to a full SOC.

I've been looking at replacing the current trailer and have considered leaving out the generator. If I put in enough solar (1200 watts) and battery (LiFePO4), I can get by without an on-board generator. The generator compartment could be used to house the solar components and batteries. I'll likely have a small inverter/generator just in case.


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Posted: 07/18/20 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

#A get gasoline not propane.

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