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TANDDANDBIGE

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Coach has a Onan 6500 watt Propane gen. Way too loud and sucks waay too much propane when most run time is to charge house bank. Solution: 4500 watt portable…… next challenge: how to load / unload 93lb. unit (on wheels) from my basement without breaking my back. A ramp? What do you folks suggest? Ideas? Thanks in advance for you input. TB


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If it’s mostly for charging, I would get a much smaller generator. Maybe 2000 much lighter.

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Did you buy it already? I would say just get 2 little hondas and run them in tandem. And you have the option of running just 1 of them at a time for charging batteries.

My 2300 watt craftsman inverter gen was 400 bucks and is just enough to run my ac, lights, water pump, and charge my batteries. I put it on a hitch rack and run it while im driving to keep the family cool. maybe im crazy.


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the 4500 will easily run an AC, is propane powered so no gas to store/deal with; will run off house tank. and is wireless remote start and stop. best of all worlds for boondocking...… but yes, heavy thus my question.

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For battery charging I went with a Ryobi 700 watt propane generator.
Puts 30 to 40 amps in the battery and weighs 25 pounds.
61 dB rated.


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Posted: 12/04/19 07:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you only need it for battery charging, get a smaller generator or 100w solar kit.

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Before i got my fancy inverter gen, i had one of those rinky dink harbor freight 2 stroke generators. It actually wasnt bad!! It lasted all night on a tank of gas, was quite when it was warmed up and under a load, and was just enough to run my furnace, lights, and charge my batteries. Obviously couldnt run the ac on it. We put TONS of hours on that little thing at basically full load. It didnt even die its sitting in my shed still. Also never had to worry about anyone stealing it lol.

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To answer your question: yes a ramp is probably your best solution. Make it long enough so you can easily push the gen into the storage bay. Then you have to find someplace to store the ramp.

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I think it be easier to carry more propane than deal with a 100# genset just for battery charging. A 4500 watt model is way to big and heavy.
You've got the right idea to avoid using Lp. But you need a smaller genset. Consider a 2000 watt model . Honda Champion, Predator. There are lots of 2000 watt options now available


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Yes a ramp but still not getting why you are changing.

Get a 2000w unit if just charging batteries and run the 6500w unit if running the air/con.

I doubt, the 4500w unit will save much if any fuel compared to the 6500w unit and when you load up the new inverter generators, they can be fairly noisy.


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