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Old 09-26-2015, 05:22 PM   #1
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Pinnacle gen question

Just wondering how loud the 5500 onan gen is in a FBTS or just another pinnacle model. Book says .6 gph at half load what does it actually use if u need to run it 24 hours and what size gas tank?
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Old 09-26-2015, 05:37 PM   #2
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Unless they've changed the tank is 12.5 gals and the noise level is not all that bad. At least we don't think so.
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If u run it for 24 hrs with both a/c unit or both units running what is fuel per hour used
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That I can't really tell you , but each a/c unit draws about 16 amps when compressor and fan are running. I would venture a guess that you would be right around 1/2 load if the compressors never shut off.

My Old Timers is kicking in, but I thought the PINNACLE had the 4000 not the 5500 gen. My unit is in storage so I can't go out and look.
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It list 5500 Which would be right. I have a Honda 300is i use dry camping in my 30 ft TT and I can run a/c 15k and water heater but that is it. Turn on micro and it will trip or coffee pot. And gotta have my morning coffee
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It list 5500 Which would be right.
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As I said, "OLD TIMERS" it's 45 amps, I was getting amps/watts mixed up.
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I have a 5500 in my Designer. It has a 10 gallon tank and will run 20 hrs +/- depending on how hot and how much the two a/c's compressors are on. But 20 hours on 10 gallons is pretty consistent.
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Thanks for the info. I kind of dry camp for about two to three months of the summer. No electric but have septic and use the river to fill rv tank but use bottle water for all else. Only need a/c about as much as morning heater. I use my Honda 300is but now it will be nice to just use FW onan. I also have a 2800 Yamaha pull start that is louder than my Honda but way lighter and will be bringing it to power my river water pump and keep batteries full. The 5500 will be my night power that Honda is so quiet but heavy for this old guy to move. That is good info on how much fuel to use on the onan. Is the onan a fixed rpm or does it spoil up like my gens depending on load
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My 5500 is fixed rpm, but with it running and me standing not far from it I can hardly hear it run. If you are parked on dirt it can barely be heard. When parked on concrete it is a little louder, but just a little bit. I have never had anyone even mention it when running.

For fuel transfer from portable tanks to the onboard tank I use one of these: TRHA01 Battery Operated Fuel Transfer Pump

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Great idea on pump I will be getting one. All the new EPA gas cans suck I have spilt more gas over my Honda trying to hold a 5 gal can upside down and push in on the spout.
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