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Old 09-04-2006, 08:07 AM   #15
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Capt. Ron, thanks for the insight in modified sine waves and their effects on motors. I hadn't figured on that, and I'm not happy with the prospect. A pure sine wave producing inverter is too costly for me, (as yet) but I would really rather have a aux power source that would be motor safe. I guess this is a plus mark in the gas generator column.

But about this Propane/LP Gas conversion for gasoline running electrical generators, am I understanding correctly that a 20# LP tank is only equivelent to 5 gallons of gas? Wouldn't that put me into collecting and keeping filled, a large bunch of tanks to keep me on the air?
Thanks again,
I 'un-propaned' my Scamp for a few reasons ... one is that the fridge and cooking use will use up a bottle of gas in less than two weeks ... another is that I would prefer not to cook inside ... and I would prefer to eliminate all risk of CO poisoning (a risk with mounted gensets too)

Having said all that I'm still looking for a good, on the road electric solution ... but keep in mind that we journey from plug to plug ... we don't go out in the boonies ...

5 gallons of gas in a 2000 watt generator will run quite a while ... I think Honda claims something like 15 hours on a gallon of fuel ...

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Old 09-05-2006, 10:32 AM   #16
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Capt Ron,

Thanks for your comments. I have an acquaintance who used to work for a company that designed charging systems for a trailer company in Austrailia. They camp and travel under the most extreme conditions of almost anyone in the world, I think. The way I'm planning on doing it is because of his suggestions. I'm already wired to do it that way, so that's what I'm planning on.......................but I'll promise to be honest and let you (and everybody else) know if it doesn't work out the way I'd hoped. But I do appreciate your helpful comments.

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