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Old 10-07-2010
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Is anybody using their backup/portable generator while mounted in the vehicle?

be mounted in the vehicle, but Honda says it needs 3 ft of airspace around it. Has anybody overcome this and whatever other obstacles there are to running a portable Genny as a "grown up RV Genny" .

Seems like they are worried that the unit will not get enough air to keep cool.

Perhaps a fan in the radiator hole blowing across gen set complementing its current flow pattern.

I would buy a temp guage mount it to the head and see how it does in the big wide open.
Then give her a try enclosed see if there are any increases.

I have a 2500watt 3000 peak I plan on enclosing it behind the rear bumper
later a fuel tank on the other side. Its a cheepie off ebay $250. I plan on starting it some cold morning when the diesel is gelled neither diesel will start. I'll be able to heat everything up. I'll do this till I get a wabasco some day.

In the mean time I will run it alternate every month along with my diesel
so I can keep up on maintenance and when I want it quiet/efficient/emergency it will work. (Air\exhaust to liquid heat exchanger for chassis heat in the future)
I will be using flooded cells in my bank charge rate is 10% ah rating. That would be 220 ah 22 amps if discharged 50% to recharge my batteries would require 5 hours. When I go dry camping or boon-docking
Each day I will run my Genny diesel 2 hrs then my small Genny 3 hrs.
Or I could double in ah the size of my battery bank and double my charge amps and double my reserve at 1/2 my regular charge time.
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Last winter at Quartzsite my main generator started to act up just as I was leaving my girlfriend alone for a week to go to work. I decided a backup gen. was a good idea so she purchased the Honda 2000i. We had designed our new electrical system so that the coach could be powered by the small gen. It worked like a charm.

Last night, I started the big gen. and the transfer switch would not allow AC power to the coach. I simply went to my basement, pulled out the small gen., hooked it up and all was well. It will power all except for air conditioners. In my opinion it is a good idea to have a backup, especially in remote boondocking situations but important any time. Last night was a perfect example even though we were in the parking lot of Motosat in Salt Lake City. It takes up very little space in my coach as it fits between the basement sliding storage tray and the basement door.
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After a tremendeous amount of research I have concluded that I will some day install a RIGMASTER type A/C generator unit. My plan is to convert the center A/C unit from electric to an APU type diesel driven compressor. That way my front and rear A/C's would be shore/generator powered with the center one being direct engine driven. My goal is to also use the engine heat from the small APU to feed the chassis heat units as well.

Once again, for me the diesel semi truck APU's would be ideal for dry camping.

My main objective is to have a super quite setup and not have to generate 120VAC in order to have air conditioning.

http://www.rigmasterpower.com/
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Once again, for me the diesel semi truck APU's would be ideal for dry camping.

They key is to have a super quite setup.

http://www.rigmasterpower.com/
Wow that must be spensive!
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Christian,

Actually they can be had used for around 2~3K used. They really are cool units that provide around 5KW of A/C power, direct drive air conditioning, 12 volt battery charging, coach heat and a digital control panel that has an auto start function if the batteries get low or cooling is needed etc.

Search Craigslist under APU or Ebay as well...
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i am also thinking that is a great deal to retrofit......
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Christian,

Actually they can be had used for around 2~3K used. They really are cool units that provide around 5KW of A/C power, direct drive air conditioning, 12 volt battery charging, coach heat and a digital control panel that has an auto start function if the batteries get low or cooling is needed etc.

Search Craigslist under APU or Ebay as well...
Ryan.
Maybe we can sit down and have a little talk about doing what your planning,
I'm sure there will be others that want to know about this.
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Ryan -
If the apu produces ac power, why not let that run the existing center air conditioner instead of changing out that air conditioner for what I'll call a "second dash air"?
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Why not just make use of your Goat-Rails and Take your Honda EU200, EU 3000 or what ever inverter/generator, and strap it up top and run your power line as needed?
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Why not just make use of your Goat-Rails and Take your Honda EU200, EU 3000 or what ever inverter/generator, and strap it up top and run your power line as needed?
That could be done. Wonder about the vibration/noise in the coach. Worth a try for sure. Keep us posted. The Red color might look out of place up on the roof.
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