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Old 07-21-2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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Default Propane vs. Diesel Generator...is the diesel a benefit or not?

When I purchased my rig I noticed that there were a lot of people advocating a diesel generator over a propane model..

My used Roadtrek Adventurous already has the propane and it seems to be fine.
In fact.. there were people saying that they preferred propane because with the diesel generator the fuel source is the same as your engine and if the vehicle tank goes below 1/4 tank the generator won't run..

They don't want you to run out of fuel.... safety feature ..

My question is ... what is the benefit of the the diesel vs. propane generator???

In my setup...I wouldn't change.. but is that something to consider with a future rig?????
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:15 PM   #2
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Frankly, I doubt that you could find a diesel generator for a class B. They are pretty much limited to big class As because they weigh a lot more than a similarly rated gasoline or propane model. The gasoline/propane 2.8kW Onan weighs about 160 lb whereas a similar 2.8 kW diesel model weighs in at more than 300 lb. I also do not believe that they make a form factor diesel similar to the gasoline/propane models.
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Frankly, I doubt that you could find a diesel generator for a class B. They are pretty much limited to big class As because they weigh a lot more than a similarly rated gasoline or propane model. The gasoline/propane 2.8kW Onan weighs about 160 lb whereas a similar 2.8 kW diesel model weighs in at more than 300 lb. I also do not believe that they make a form factor diesel similar to the gasoline/propane models.
Hi Johnny,

I didn't know that... thanks.
Actually, I think that the propane generator is fine and has no downside at all...

Yes, I have the Onan 2800.....

One more thing..do you know if it would be worthwhile to put a resonator noise reduction device or is it even possible with the Onan.....

Found a resonator that says it works with standard 1 1/2 inch exhaust. And needs to be paired with a KY genset whatever that means???

Apparently it softens the noise by one decibel... again, doesn't sound like a lot??? Some people on you tube were raving about it....
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Leisure travel vans offer them in theirs.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:11 PM   #5
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Leisure travel vans offer them in theirs.
Thanks...do you recommend diesel or propane?

Diesel is probably safer...a propane explosion would NOT be good.
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We have propane in our Airstream Interstate. We’ve never needed to use it. For the expenses of switching, I would stay with propane. On a new build I’d likely go to all diesel and no propane. Why carry two types of fuel?
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We have propane in our Airstream Interstate. Weve never needed to use it. For the expenses of switching, I would stay with propane. On a new build Id likely go to all diesel and no propane. Why carry two types of fuel?

What are you cooking and heating with???

All batteries???

Yes... diesel has advantages...less combustible and one fuel source....

Only problem is when you are low on tank fuel...
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What are you cooking and heating with???

All batteries???

Yes... diesel has advantages...less combustible and one fuel source....

Only problem is when you are low on tank fuel...
We have a single 100 amp Lifeline battery. Never went below 82% on our 11,000 mike trip to Alaska and back. Ran the refrigerator the entire time, water heater and furnace whenever we needed to do so.
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The downside to the propane Onan are:

1. louder than their gas counterpart.
2. it goes through propane very fast.
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[QUOTE=Mrprez;77255]We have a single 100 amp Lifeline battery. Never went below 82% on our 11,000 mike trip to Alaska and back. Ran the refrigerator the entire time, water heater and furnace whenever we needed to do so.[/QUOTE

Nice....I saw an E-TREK at an RV show... they wanted $143k...it was beautiful...

I didn't want to get too deep into debt... I have a lot in this rig....

Propane tank uses about 12 gallons per month... little more with extra use....

Here's a couple of pics of my rig...]
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