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2007/05/13 20:52:21 (permalink)

generator

I am trying to determine what size generator I will need for my hot dog trailer. The grill runs on propane but the all the rest of the trailer is wired (full size fridge, cooler, steamer). Can anyone give me a ballpark idea of what type of generator I should look for?
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    Pat T Hat
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    RE: generator 2007/05/13 21:34:04 (permalink)
    First figure out your wattage requirements. Add up the total amperage of all the appliances. Look for a little metal tag, usually in the back or near the business end and it should indicate amps and volts.
    Take the total amps and mutilply by your voltage. That total will be your wattage requirements under average load. Add to that the wattage of your lights and anything else that require juice. Then I'd add an additional 20%-25% for when the equipment starts, surges and goes under heavy loads.

    I've used a bunch of generators and the best I've had the pleasure of using was a Honda EB11000. It was a contractor grade putting out 11,000 watts, 12,000 surge. It was also almost four grand.
    I've also had good experiences with Generac but Some folks think they're cheesy. I think for the price and the availability of parts they're really decent and as dependable as many at twice the price.
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    RE: generator 2007/05/13 21:36:15 (permalink)
    With everything on, my trailer draws over 10KW, yet I get by with a quiet Honda 3KW generator by juggling my electricity loads. I hated the noise and bulk of the bigger generator.

    Remember watts = amps X volts. Add up all your equipment and know what each uses. Think about what items need to be on all the time, occassionally or just at start-up.

    The other good thing with the Honda inverter type generators is they are very fuel efficient, tank holds 3 gallons and it will last at least 10 hours, so you are not worrying about shutting down and starting back up during your work day.
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    RE: generator 2007/05/13 23:52:54 (permalink)
    Don't forget most generators can be modified w/factory
    kits to run on propane, nat. gas., etc.........
    So you won't have to mess with slogging gas around!
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    RE: generator 2007/05/15 07:20:19 (permalink)
    a slow speed (1800rpm) generator will last longer, and will be much quieter than a high speed (3600rpm) unit.
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    Re:generator 2010/05/28 19:10:34 (permalink)
    Help! Has anyone rigged one of the whole house standby generators to their trailer or mobil kitchen ? I need about 10 kw to run this trailer. I want to run on propane. I dont want to haul gas around. I have 2 100lb propane tanks on the front of my trailer. I'm looking at the Generac and the Kohler. this trailer has a 100 amp breaker box( service) installed. What I dont want to do is buy this and A) it does not work or B) it works but not for long... The rv type generators are more expensive and I would like to save $$ if I can.  Anybody ??
    Thanks.
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    Re:generator 2010/05/28 21:32:34 (permalink)
    I have a Champion 6,000 watt generator.  I ran this generator for 8 hours a day, for 6 weeks and never had a single problem with it.
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    Re:generator 2010/05/28 23:18:51 (permalink)
    Boatmanxxx

    Help! Has anyone rigged one of the whole house standby generators to their trailer or mobil kitchen ? I need about 10 kw to run this trailer. I want to run on propane. I dont want to haul gas around. I have 2 100lb propane tanks on the front of my trailer. I'm looking at the Generac and the Kohler. this trailer has a 100 amp breaker box( service) installed. What I dont want to do is buy this and A) it does not work or B) it works but not for long... The rv type generators are more expensive and I would like to save $$ if I can.  Anybody ??
    Thanks.


    I have a Briggs unit on my house, it replaced my Onan when it took a dump. The Brigs unit itself ran me around $3 grand, and it runs my entire house without a hitch, including the hot tub and air. This is the one I have http://www.google.com/pro...2&ved=0CC0Q8wIwAQ#

    It's very quiet and honestly not that big, I could see it bolted to the front of a trailer, and it runs on LP.

    Mike
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    Re:generator 2010/06/03 02:38:47 (permalink)
    My trailer has the following:

    Full sized refrigerator
    7.2 cu. ft. freezer
    Instant hot water heater-1500W
    FEC-100...400W
    SM-150...1500W
    Steam table-1000W
    Roof air- 13,500 BTU

    My generator is a Honda 6500 inverter...runs everything without a problem & burns less than 2 gal. of fuel in 8 hrs. People that notice it ask if it is running. Love it.
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    Re:generator 2013/10/29 11:25:04 (permalink)
    Relentless

    My trailer has the following:

    Full sized refrigerator
    7.2 cu. ft. freezer
    Instant hot water heater-1500W
    FEC-100...400W
    SM-150...1500W
    Steam table-1000W
    Roof air- 13,500 BTU

    My generator is a Honda 6500 inverter...runs everything without a problem & burns less than 2 gal. of fuel in 8 hrs. People that notice it ask if it is running. Love it.

    I know this is an old thread, but this question does come up a lot where I've been researching my build (including here). I found this handy online calculator to figure out the power usage of my truck, to see how big of a generator I'll need.
    http://cumminspowerdocs.com/CM-sizing/preview/
    post edited by Midnights - 2013/12/27 23:09:12
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    Re:generator 2013/10/29 19:26:59 (permalink)
    Just noticed someone brought this thread back from the dead, just in time for halloween
     
    Boatmanxxx

    Help! Has anyone rigged one of the whole house standby generators to their trailer or mobil kitchen ? I need about 10 kw to run this trailer. I want to run on propane. I dont want to haul gas around. I have 2 100lb propane tanks on the front of my trailer. I'm looking at the Generac and the Kohler. this trailer has a 100 amp breaker box( service) installed. What I dont want to do is buy this and A) it does not work or B) it works but not for long... The rv type generators are more expensive and I would like to save $$ if I can.  Anybody ??
    Thanks.

     
    I looked at propane generators for my bus, a 10-12 kw propane genset uses a lot of propane, (a 10kw uses about 150k btu under load.) I ended up going with a diesel, because thats what my motive power on the bus is.
     
    I don't think the whole house standby gensets are built as well as commercial power generation in that they are intended for intermittent use.
     
    The RV gensets are built well and some are very quiet. Noise will really be a factor. You can custom engineer most anything but it's spendy. As the fellow before said, 1800 rpm are quieter and much more durable on the whole, and water cooled gensets tend to be quieter and more durable as well.
     
    There are a number of RV dismantlers who sometimes have pretty decent prices on low hour rv units.
    post edited by Rcoy - 2013/10/29 19:30:09
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    Re:generator 2013/12/23 04:34:52 (permalink)
    The Honda inverters are indeed incredibly quiet but I think your fingers probably slipped when you typed in your fuel consumption. Honda says that generator will run 4.5 hours/tank at its rated 5500-watt maximum load. There are no generators except diesels which can even get close to the kind of economy you asserted--mine will give me an honest 5000 watts for 11 hours on just under 5 gallons of diesel fuel. 
      
    Certainly if OP wants to run on propane and has $5000 to spend, the Honda can not be beat, but even the best gas generators are very expensive to run compared to a $1500 diesel--and propane of course is even more expensive to burn than gasoline.
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