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Old 07-31-2019, 11:39 AM   #151
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If you are using the gen at an overnite in a parking lot, suggest you set it near the RV on the door side. Cable lock it to one of the axles. Putting it on the door side is going to be one more thing a potential thief is going to have to deal with. Putting it on the back side or at the back of the RV is less visible to YOU and easier to steal. Remember this is an overnite not a campsite.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:58 AM   #152
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Bassdogs, sounds like you have some experience with overnighting on a parking lot. I have no experience with them but I will soon as we are headed from St. Louis to Bar Harbor, Maine over labor day weekend and will be stopping in a church parking lot and a Cabelas on the way up. Can you relay any of your experiences with me as far as any unspoken etiquette with other rv's particularly in regards to generator usage or any other tips?

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:28 PM   #153
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Bassdogs, sounds like you have some experience with overnighting on a parking lot. I have no experience with them but I will soon as we are headed from St. Louis to Bar Harbor, Maine over labor day weekend and will be stopping in a church parking lot and a Cabelas on the way up. Can you relay any of your experiences with me as far as any unspoken etiquette with other rv's particularly in regards to generator usage or any other tips?

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I know it wasn't directed to me, but I'll answer too as I have some experience here.

As far as I'm concerned, generator noise (typically the main "etiquette" question) when parking in a lot for just an overnite is a non-issue. We've stayed in rest areas a lot, and those truckers run their motors constantly. So even our "construction" grade open-cage generator was but a barely noticeable drone in the presence of those other vehicles.

In a WM parking lot, same concept. It's NOT a quiet place to stay with cars going by at all hours, as well as other vehicles parked and running engines.
Probably the "quietest" place we ever stayed (this was in our MH) was the back parking lot of a casino just inside the western LA border on IH 10. We were basically alone back there and we were right near an RV park. We parked, slept, ate breakfast, took the dog for a walk, and got back on the road. No problem with noise there either because anyone that perhaps could have heard our genny was a LONG way off.

I would only use a truck stop as a last resort as they are VERY loud. Also the truckers need those spaces because they're working. I'm not about to get in their way and make their job harder by taking one of their spaces. A well lit parking lot at a big box retailer or a rest stop is better for me anyway, and I feel like I have every right to occupy one of those spaces.

You'll want to leave your slides in if at all possible, don't put out awnings or furniture, etc. And you'll want to make sure all your "stuff" is secured. I wouldn't put down stabilizers either. Basically, you want to act as if you're only briefly parked there and you can move out within 5 minutes or less. Our setup included the genny, cable locked in the bed of the pickup with a 50 ft cord running UNDER the rig to the rear attachment point. When we stopped, DW would go inside and get the kiddo in bed while I ran the cord, opened the tonno and dropped the tailgate. When it was time to leave, we would often make a quick breakfast, coffee, etc. Then I would shut down, wrap up the cord, fuel up (generator and truck) and we were gone. Like we weren't even there.

Remember, it's not a campsite it's a rest stop, so behave accordingly.
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:25 PM   #154
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Today I was using my Champion gen in 100 degree heat. Running the AC on gasoline it kept shutting down. Switched to propane and no more issues. It seems to run much cooler on propane. Was this an overheat issue? I had it in the shade, but thereís little to no breeze.
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Today I was using my Champion gen in 100 degree heat. Running the AC on gasoline it kept shutting down. Switched to propane and no more issues. It seems to run much cooler on propane. Was this an overheat issue? I had it in the shade, but thereís little to no breeze.
Generators that use dual fuel sources (Gas/LPG) provide different levels of power. Gas provides the most power, so I'd assume the generator will run hotter while running off of gasoline. I would take a thermal temperature probe and check the differences to see how dramatic it is. Also, make sure you've got plenty of oil and a clean air filter as you don't want the generator to overheat. Shade helps but I doubt you'll get more than a 10'F difference in temperature. Lastly, if you're somewhere above sea level you can run into power deficiencies with gasoline motors.
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Iíve used it as high as 8k to run a 15K AC unit. Down here at 800í running one unit doesnít take much. I know the exhaust is way hotter with with gas vs propane so that where my theory came into play. Iím assuming the whole unit runs hotter.

So, for those of you using one of these 3400ís in extreme temps. Propane is the way to go.
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