Originally Posted by cruising7388
It seems like every leap ahead in RV design has been previously implemented in the marine environment probably because while electrical failure in an RV might be an annoying inconvenience, a similiar failure in the marine environment might well include loss of life or limb. So there's no question that in the electrical end, RVs are well behind and have had little if any electrical networking, but at least it seems to be moving in that direction. The Balmar regulator does employ rudimentary bi-directional networking although as Booster points out it could use a lot more information from the batteries and loads to execute optimum settings. Also, the recent marketing by Xantrex of an engineered system that integrates and networks batteries, inverters, alternators and regulators seems to be a further move in this direction at a price that is practical for implementing in RVs.
Are earmuffs provided standard with the 6kw diesel Onan?
Actually, the Onan 6000/8000 watt diesel generators are quieter than the Onan 2500/2800 gas/propane generators used in Class B vans. Onan doesnít seem to be interested in getting a low noise level in the low end generators.
Onan 6000/8000 watt diesel sound level is 66 dB at 10 ft at half load
Onan 2500/2800 watt gas/propane sound level is 70 dB at 10 ft at half load
So, the 6000 watt diesel is quieter producing 3000 watts than the gas/propane producing less than half the power. At the same power, it would be even quieter.
And the sound level inside the camper is significantly quieter in our truck than the propane Onan in our Roadtrek RS Sprinter for several reasons.
The Roadtrek has the generator mounted right under the rear couch so you get a lot of noice and vibration right where you are sitting or sleeping and there is virtually no sound deadening insulation between you and the generator.
In our truck the generator is mounted in the front under the bench seat but the camper is constructed of 2.5 inch foam filled panels so good sound insulation and the bed is in the back so if you are using the generator while sleeping you donít hear it at all and especially with the roof air conditioner running which would be the only reason for running the generator while you were sleeping.
This is our truck...
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