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Old 09-15-2015, 08:28 AM   #21
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Why are propane generators not as popular?

Just starting to do my research, but geez... seems like propane would be the way to go. Way less maintenance (stuck carbs, old gas, etc.), you've already got the fuel on board your camper, and quieter I think.

What am I missing, exactly? Why does everyone seem to own a gas and swear by them?
Let's start with 20%-30% less power output.
Propane carbs are harder to repair and more costly to purchase.
Another load on the propane needed to run the fridge, cook the food, keep the cabin warm...
Can't refill the fuel tank just before starting up
More expensive to buy

None of these are that significant, but when you add them up, gasoline seems like a better deal.
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Ahhh, didn't know about less power output, that makes sense

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Old 09-15-2015, 08:32 AM   #23
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Propane has less significantly less power per unit of fuel than gasoline.


Diesel has even more than gasoline. But don't get me started on how much I love Diesels...
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:29 AM   #24
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If you are boon docking, propane is not available at the nearest gas station.

Propane gennys need lots of it.
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:49 AM   #25
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Why are propane generators not as popular?

Just starting to do my research, but geez... seems like propane would be the way to go. Way less maintenance (stuck carbs, old gas, etc.), you've already got the fuel on board your camper, and quieter I think.

What am I missing, exactly? Why does everyone seem to own a gas and swear by them?

I used to camp by a guy at Texas Motor Speedway that would bring a huge propane generator on a trailer. I don't know how big that generator was, but it was big enough for 6-8 campers (including 50 amp buses and fifth wheels) to connect to it and run everything with no problem. I'd pay him $100 for the week for the privilege of using it.
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I have the generator in my signature and per the spec sheet it uses .6 gallons of gas per hour vs .8 gallons/hour for the propane version (both at half load). The propane version produces the exact same power output as the gasoline version, it just uses more propane to do it. I have a 10 gallon built in gasoline tank and I typically see 18-20 hours of continuous run time (at Road Atlanta for a car race). A propane model using .8 gallons/hour x 7.5 gallons (a typical 30 lb propane tank) = 9.4 hours. At full load it goes up to .9 gallons/per hour for gasoline and 1.1 gallons/per hour for propane.

I certainly see the reason I have gasoline. Yes, you can remove the 30 lb propane bottle and get it filled or bring spares, but it isn't as easy to find a fill station for propane if you do need one and if you have a Class A or C with a permanent mount propane tank you have another problem.
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The only counter I can see to using gas is when its not available. During hurricane Sandy and there was a shortage here, and the few stations that were open extremely long lines the propane dealer was open and had no lines. Clearly though this was an exceptional situation - so to that end having a conversion kit on the shelf for the gas genny can be helpful.
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Consider getting a Champion 75531i 3100 Watt inverter generator instead.
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This it getting into the season of sales for Christmas - watch the HONDA site, last year they not only ran a discount but provided 0-down/0% financing AND threw in freebies like generator covers. That's the route we went ~ and they are VERY quiet unless we use the microwave (hehe).
The Honda Generator sale just started and is good through 31-Dec!
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I noticed Honda is having their annual sale with the EU2000i for $899 and the EU2000i Companion for $999 at Camping World. Just before Christmas last year we got a 2-year zero interest loan from Honda at our local Honda distributor/dealership (garden supply store). If you're thinking of buying a generator or two, on is the time.

Each of our units has almost 20 hours of runtime and we are very pleased with them so far but one of them wouldn't start after sitting for several months. I bought a bottle of HEET and poured about one ounce in the tank and it started on the first pull. That's amazing stuff. I've also started using STA-BIL gas stabilizer and have decided to run them about 30 minutes each month during the off season.

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