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Old 10-21-2016, 08:38 PM   #21
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If it has the prep buy one and put it in. Pretty much plug and play since all wiring and transfer switch is there.
So basically I should just buy the generator online for half the price and it's pretty easy to install?
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:04 PM   #22
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Yup if it has the generator prep it ready to go.
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Old 10-22-2016, 09:41 AM   #23
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Why would u want to convert to propane. If u r using it just fill it with regular gas. Than the last two tanks run non ethanol with a stabilizer and u r good to go. Just crank it up monthly and run for 1 or two hours. I have to laugh became mine has been at two different dealers over half its life and they do not run it. I just have to wonder why it is not a diesel motor. Have u seen a gas pump at the flying j truck pumps. And diesel is the most efficient in run time.
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My reason for converting to propane is that when I pull into a gas station with the trailer attached to the truck, I can't get the door open far enough to access the gas spout. Since I have a residential refrigerator, and do the majority of my rving during the summer months, my propane consumption is minimal. At this stage of my life I'm still able to lift 30 or 40 lb. tanks fairly easily. The trailer holds 3 tanks and propane is cheaper than gasoline per gallon ( at least at Costco).

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Seems everyone has a different need. I dry camp on my river property that is why I got the norcold fridge. I found upstate NY that tractor supply was cheap propane. Keep us posted about swapping to propane if it can be done without a Hugh price tag.
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Probably a stupid question, but if they are prepped for a generator I'm guessing it is just either gas or propane and not both?
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If u have a fuel tank up front than it is set up for gas. I would think all electrical would be the same for either but if u went propane u would have to plumb it all up. It looks like the 2017 models went propane. Still wish mine was diesel. I mostly run my Honda 3000is which will run all night on three gallons and power one 15k ac if needed. Nice though in the rain or first thing in morning to hit switch and instant power. 10-12k to run power to my river site.
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Yeah it has the fuel tank. I ended up just talking to the service department at the dealer. They said it would just be a matter of adding a t-connection to the existing propane lines and running one to the generator. I think we are going to go propane. We dry camp for 4 days or so at the time and generally leave the genset going 24/7. If we got gas I would have to refill each day. With propane we could run full load for 4.5 days. I would say 4 with also using fridge, water heater, and stove. And I doubt it would ever run at a full load.
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Yeah it has the fuel tank. I ended up just talking to the service department at the dealer. They said it would just be a matter of adding a t-connection to the existing propane lines and running one to the generator. I think we are going to go propane. We dry camp for 4 days or so at the time and generally leave the genset going 24/7. If we got gas I would have to refill each day. With propane we could run full load for 4.5 days. I would say 4 with also using fridge, water heater, and stove. And I doubt it would ever run at a full load.
Onan 5500 LP? If so they burn about a gallon of LP an hour under full load. A 30 lb tank has 7.1 gallons. So a 30 lb tank would run the genset for about 7 hours at about full load. A 40 lb tank has 9.4 gallons. I can't see you getting 4 days of 24/7 on two or three 40 lb tanks. You would need at least 10 40 lb lp tanks to run 4 days 24 hours a day at full load.


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Onan 5500 LP? If so they burn about a gallon of LP an hour under full load. A 30 lb tank has 7.1 gallons. So a 30 lb tank would run the genset for about 7 hours at about full load. A 40 lb tank has 9.4 gallons. I can't see you getting 4 days of 24/7 on two or three 40 lb tanks. You would need at least 10 40 lb lp tanks to run 4 days 24 hours a day at full load.


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You bring up a good point. I miscalculated and factored as lbs per hour instead of gallons. Which would have been correct. I guess with this line of thought I see why everyone goes with gas. I'm just worried about refueling issues of having to go to the gas station daily. We generally dry camp at NASCAR races and football games.
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Just bring extra gas in the truck bed and get a battery powered transfer pump. That will make filling easy. Most Earl brought up a good point I used slit of propane for fridge and water heater dry camping ang ya the tank is only 7 gallons and my 5500 will use 14 gl of gasoline in about 26 hrs. That is why I use my Honda when running only a few things at a time.
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Yeah I guess loading up on gas cans is about the best option. We can also just run the 2000s during the day for the tvs and stuff.
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Or get a Honda 3000 and run one ac. I am also a NASCAR fan and when in CG in Mobile my boss had a class B. For the summer race if u did not run ac 24/7 you would die.
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