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Huntindog

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Posted: 06/21/21 03:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While the question of gas or Propane is often hotly debated... I submit that there is no right or wrong choice.... But there is a right or wrong choice for each individual.
Propane needs no additional tank, burns cleaner, and has no carb gumming issues
However, size for size it will produce less power and it uses propane fast. Remember that an awful lot of stuff runs on propane in an RV.... So running out will leave you dead in the water. No heat, no hot water, no stove. (assuming a boondock situation, since a generator is in use)

While propane is available..... Ever tried to get some at 2AM? I have.

Gas puts out more power on less fuel and if used a lot carb gumming is not an issue. It is also easier to get anytime.
Also running out of gas doesn't cripple the RV like running out of propane does.

You may want an extended run tank. (I highly recommend this but it works best with the Hondas)

So if you do not use a generator much, and will always be able to get propane.... It is a great choice

If you use a generator a lot and propane is not always availible. then gas is a great choice.... If you are somewhere in between... The choice can be harder.



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Posted: 06/21/21 05:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One 20lb propane tank if fully filled, only has 4.6 gallons of fuel, and it burns it faster. Exchange tanks and you'll have have even less fuel.

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Posted: 06/22/21 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2am getting gas:
insert card, pump gas, put gas cap back on.
done.

2 am exchanging propane:
Walk in, "I need to exchange a tank"
"Umm, OK, Lemme get the key, gimme a minute before I can go out, OK, pay me now..."
finally he comes out.
unlocks, pulls it out, puts yours back in. Hope the tank is not broken like it was the last time.
done.
You paid for a full tank, you got half a tank.

Refill at 2am.
done.
cant happen.

Refill during business hours:
Wait by the pump a guy will come out eventually.
takes more time than u think to hook it all up.
takes longer than u think to fill.
takes time to unhook it, not long, but it is not like pumping gasoline.
worker writes down your total.
Go back inside and pay.
done.

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Posted: 06/22/21 03:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mr_andyj wrote:

2am getting gas:
insert card, pump gas, put gas cap back on.
done.

2 am exchanging propane:
Walk in, "I need to exchange a tank"
"Umm, OK, Lemme get the key, gimme a minute before I can go out, OK, pay me now..."
finally he comes out.
unlocks, pulls it out, puts yours back in. Hope the tank is not broken like it was the last time.
done.
You paid for a full tank, you got half a tank.
Refill at 2am.
done.
cant happen.

Refill during business hours:
Wait by the pump a guy will come out eventually.
takes more time than u think to hook it all up.
takes longer than u think to fill.
takes time to unhook it, not long, but it is not like pumping gasoline.
worker writes down your total.
Go back inside and pay.
[emoticon]one.

8:00 am starting genset for the first time after it sitting.
Pull rope repeatedly, turn key. Everything cranks and spins but it won't start! How old is this gas? Maybe I need a fresh tank. Is it bad gas or gummed carb? Did I use Stabil?
Never had any starting issues with LP....and the beat goes on.


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Posted: 06/22/21 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fire up backpacking stove on 10 year old white gas. Make pot of coffee. Pour a cup. Grab a seat. Watch Gasoline and LP guys run around trying to get fuel or start their generators going before getting their morning coffee....priceless!

9pm. Break last mantle in coleman fueled lantern. Ask guy who got his generator going by 10 am if I can run an extension cord over so I can plug in a light to see what I'm doing.
He says NO! Wish I'd offered him a cup of coffee this morning!

Moral of the story?
Everything is a compromise...


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I only use ethanol free gas on my power equipment.

If I had one of those Stromberg Carlson A-frame mounted genny racks, I'd be using a propane genny up there. Why? Because there's no fun in packing a ladder along on a trip and then climbing up said ladder to refill the gas tank on a gas genny.


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Posted: 06/24/21 06:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It appears on my new to me trailer, the genny rack will not fit. The fiberglass front cap protrudes forward enough that the genny rack would have to be mounted too far forward (to clear cap) at about even with hitch ball. During a turn the truck would hit the genny rack!!

So, that means genny rack is out of the question.

Now.....one large 3500W or two 2200 watts?

I'll have to carry gennies in truck bed and deploy as needed.

Gas or propane in this instance as well.

If portable and not mounted ina. genny rack...what are preferred options?

Carry cans of gasoline.....or propane tanks?

BTW...I also plan on carrying 3-4 6 gal water containers of fresh water as my FW tank is only 37gal.

Thoughts?


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I’d never use propane unless it was already built in. Besides ithey really don’t make much for standalone propane units.
And if you really want to carry some water see my other reply.

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Posted: 07/17/21 12:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update....

After careful analysis, we believe that we will be at non electric sites less than 20% of the time.
Ethanol-free gasoline is not available in my area (and I do not believe anywhere in CA for that matter).

So with the above, considering two Champion 2500 dual fuel inverters run in parallel. With this option I can decide to use either fuel as the situation dictates.

Champion 2500

Now.....is it just as safe to carry two 5 gal containers of gas as it is to carry two 30# propane cylinders? What about propane tanks getting hot in back of truck during summer months? Same for gas cans?

I would place either container in plastic crates and strap down to truck bed under my camper shell to prevent from moving. I can also crack side windows in shell to ventilate.

Thoughts?

* This post was edited 07/17/21 05:01pm by Baja Man *

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