Quote from: sajohnson on March 29, 2012, 05:14:57 pmSome people say they'd never have a diesel genset, no matter what. Any comments or opinions?Thanks!ShermanI had a 7.5 ONAN in the front of a 34' HR Ambassador, water cooled 3 cylinder. No problems, not noisy at all, could not hear it in the rear of the coach. It's another engine to maintain and fairly expensive. Smell was no worse than the pusher diesel. Never had a trouble code on it, can't say the same for the Cummins that was "outback". Parts (filters) came from Cummins (do they own ONAN??) and they discount nothing for anyone near as I could tell.Come to think about it the generator was "the" bright spot on that MH. I'll stick with PC and the gas generator on mine.
Some people say they'd never have a diesel genset, no matter what. Any comments or opinions?Thanks!Sherman
We tend to put very little hours on our generator, primarily using it to run the microwave and A/C when we stop to eat lunch at a roadside park or rest stop. We hate RV parks that are what I call parking lots with hookups.....
I think that everyone comes up with different answers about generators. If you're diesel powered, you have the choice of a costly, noisy, diesel or an LP model that's sucking up your very limited supply of furnace, water heater, sometimes refrigerator, and cooktop fuel. What you really have to look at is what are you going to use the generator for. We tend to put very little hours on our generator, primarily using it to run the microwave and A/C when we stop to eat lunch at a roadside park or rest stop. We hate RV parks that are what I call parking lots with hookups, but we do look for state parks and other wooded facilities with a minimum of water and electricity and preferably sewer hookups. Consequently, if I had a diesel unit, I could probably use an LP generator with no problems at all. How much are you going to use your generator??Jerry
Sherman, I thought I posted my response but don't see it here. Yes it is "gasoline" in the PC. As ragoodsp posted that sucker in the HR was heavy, installed weight IIRC was ~ 1200lbs genset/radiator/water/etc. Diesel fuel price in our ownership was consistently 30-40% higher $'s, upside is that there is more energy in a gallon of diesel vs gasoline, BUT NOT 30-40% MORE ENERGY. Another upside to the HR the genset would run everything at once in the MH. Another downside to a 2 fuel vehicle is the increased support weight of both tanks, I think because of the seperation layer in diesel that those tanks are still metal. But with a diesel in a PC you would still have 2 systems and you are adding a third fuel system. As far as exhaust goes the diesel runs cooler so attendant parts can be smaller, and were, compared to the gasoline genset in the PC. LImited use, including storage will present a water/fuel separation layer in a diesel system and is something that is mandatory to take care, including frequent filter changes on the genset and addition of chemicals that "supposedly" treat the condition. That happened as part of the larger picture on the HR but would have to be addressed separately on aPC. Twas me, I would investigate a much larger or even two equal sized propane tanks. In my mind at least the overall weight gain would be small[er (much??)] compared to adding a diesel genset and fuel tank.L. G.
I don't have a PC yet, but ..... ran across a Alberta couple who did and they do NOT have a gen. What they do have is 340 WATTS of SOLAR that meets their purpose when DRY camping, as we were doing. The solar does a good job of keeping the house batteries up, even with watching DVD's in the evening they said. He meantioned that IF the solar doesn't do it, they can just start the Sprinter engine and charge the batteries if necessary...
Sherman The 3.0L can NOT be idled at all. Doing so other than for a couple minutes to cool the turbo down will do long term damage to the engine. The V -10 CAN IDLE ALL DAY. THANKS
Go to Google and search for something like "does idling your car engine for long periods harm the engine"? You'll find, as usual, a fair amount of discussion, but I think you'll find the majority view is that it can hurt the engine, the catalytic converter, and the environment. My memory of the military is that the one exception are the big multifuel trucks which are better off if left idling rather than being shut down for short periods of time. The most reliable of these answers probably come from people like Click and Clack on NPR or other practicing mechanics. Check it out and see what you think.Jerry