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Baja Man

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Posted: 06/20/21 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have mounted one of these on a previous trailer (2016 ORV Timber Ridge 280RKS). It worked great. I used the Stromberg-Carlson mount and a 3100W Dual Fuel Champion generator. I connected directly to propane tank. I went with propane as I did not want to deal with carrying gasoline and also carbs getting gummed after not being used regularly.

Not sure if this set up will work on my new to me 2011 Outback 250RS.

Nevertheless, I want to carry a genny with me.

Back to debating....Dual fuel single type or two Hondas. I know Hondas are gas but they can be used independently and are very reliable,......but carrying several gallons of gasoline scares me!! Is it safer to carry a couple of propane tanks vs several gallons of gasoline? All carrying would be in my truck bed with topper.

If the SC mount does not work over my propane tanks (A frame may be too short between trailer and ball), I may have to carry a genny in truck.

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Posted: 06/20/21 04:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gasoline nor propane tanks should not be hauled or stored in enclosed space.
But I bet Hondas can be set up to run on propane.

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How are you planning to use the Genny. LP is easier to carry but it burns quicker than gas. LP burns cleaner so there are no carb or foul gas issues
If you plan to use genset a lot for long stretches' gas will be better. If you plan to use genset occasionally for short periods of time Lp will be better


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Posted: 06/20/21 05:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Propane burns clean. This is good if the exhaust might linger where you are. THat's the benefit, other than clean carbs. Use 100% gasoline and eliminate a lot of carb issues, use Stabil and eliminate most of the rest.

Otherwise, use gasoline.
Gas is safe, I think everyone understands how to use gas, it will not just randomly blow up. The gas fumes are what is dangerous, not the liquid technically, but the gas has to have gone bad for this to matter.

Get some quality Jerrycans, metal, and those will hold gas better than plastic.

Getting gas is easy, much easier than getting more propane.

Your truck bed, topper or not, is not airtight. Fumes will escape easily.

Almost any carburetor can be converted to run on propane, there are kits for the popular generators. Don't bother, just use gas.

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How do you haul gasoline for other purposes if you’re afraid to haul it for a generator for camping?


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Propane for a generator burns up very quickly. Problem? Yep! You can't carry a spare can of propane so be prepared to drag up, and drive around until you can find a propane dealer to refill the cylinder. (frequently)


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While I agree getting gas is easier that getting propane. Propane is not impossible to find, especially since the proliferation of tank exchange places.

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In periods of no gas use in your gens just pour the older gas in the family car and refill your gas cans before you leave on a trip that will need the genny.


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Most Tractor Supply Company stores fill propane at a fair price.


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larry cad wrote:

You can't carry a spare can of propane so be prepared to drag up, and drive around until you can find a propane dealer to refill the cylinder. (frequently)


Say wut?

If we're lucky, this thread might go the way of that one last year titled "Where to find propane?" or something similar.....

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