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Hello All.

We need a generator for the MH and like the suitcase generators but all seem to be powered by petrol.

Are there LPG or diesel powered generators available for motorhomes?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi Gibbo

We bought a Honda that has been converted to run on LPG from these guys:

http://www.edgetechnology.co.uk/

We've had it for 18 months and are very happy. In fact, we've plumbed it into the main gas cylinder that we bought from MTH.

Although we bought a Honda at the time, I would now consider this generator:
http://www.power4motorhomes.co.uk/self_energy_eg20.htm
It's the "Self Energy EG-20 onboard 12V generator".

Rog
 

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Thanks Rog

I like the look of the 2nd option but ouch that price hurts... having said that it appears you do not have to worry about anything, just install it and it looks after itself.

When you're charging the battery from the suitcase type do you some sort of charge regulator to prevent overcharging?
 

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Hi Gibbo,

We too have had our Honda genny converted to run on LPG by the same company who converted Ivy's and because we also have had Gaslow bottles installed in our motorhome we can now conveniently connect the genny directly into the outside gas point. The conversion we had done to our genny means we have the option to use either LPG or petrol which is useful if you travel abroad or to places where LPG is limited. You can have it converted to run on gas only or both gas and petrol so make sure if you go down this route, that you opt for the choice that you feel will benefit you best.

Another plus point in converting to gas, apart from the reduced fuel price is that you don't have to put up with the awful petrol fumes and smell when you put it away in your outside locker after it's been in use! We discovered when ours was powered by petrol that because the locker where we keep our genny is directly under our bedroom area, the smell very often was totally overpowering and it could take several hours for the obnoxious petrol fumes and smell to clear.

Hope this helps?

Sue
 

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When you're charging the battery from the suitcase type do you some sort of charge regulator to prevent overcharging?
We don't charge to battery directly from the Genny, although it has a 12v socket we were advised that it's not suitable for charging. Especially if you have four batteries! The 220v that comes out is pretty clean - that's why you go for a Honda "i" model :)

Our setup is a Euramobil M-reg, and we have four batteries. Our built -in charger would take far too long so we charge with two 20 amp Sterling chargers in parallel. I have bought a B-2-B charger which I may install today. We need lots of power because I often work from the MH (Alden Netmaster 90 internet) and we like our Nespresso coffee :wink:

Although Sterling said that the two chargers in parallel would be fine, what I find is that once the batteries are fully charged they don't hold the voltage at 14, it drops to 12. I am not 100% sure what they should do but I thought they would keep the batteries topped up at a higher voltage, and bear in mind power is being drawn all the time.

If I could do it all over again:
1st prize ... I would go for that "automatic" genny and a B-2-B (as expensive as it is).
2nd prize ... Keep my current Honda LPG genny and use a single 50 amp charger (probably the 1250CED), and of course the B-2-B

Once you add the cost of the Honda + decent charger (£750 + £470 = £1220) that automatic system is still double but I understand brilliant for what it does (at £2550).

The B-2-B makes sure that you get the most charge out of the driving time.

Rog
 

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Any decent Gennie has 12 volt output nowadays. My brand will produce over 8.5 amps from the 12v too! The inverters that are built in stop the Gennies blowing things!
We offer LPG kits and can convert them too. They will reduce the life of the machine though, this is the same on any machine that is converted. They seem to run louder too but then not a big price to pay for the money you will save long term.
 

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PlanetGen said:
Any decent Gennie has 12 volt output nowadays. My brand will produce over 8.5 amps from the 12v too! The inverters that are built in stop the Gennies blowing things!
We offer LPG kits and can convert them too. They will reduce the life of the machine though, this is the same on any machine that is converted. They seem to run louder too but then not a big price to pay for the money you will save long term.
Hi PlanetGen,

I was interested to read your comments re the noise level of converted generators because what you claim to be the case with generator conversions we have actually found to be the exact opposite! Believe it or not, we think our Honda runs slightly quieter since we had the conversion done! It could be our imagination but it is something we have both commented on many times in the 18 months since we changed over and I assumed the conversion had made the honda even more efficient! 8O

Didn't know about the conversion reducing the life of the machine though and so I would be interested to know a little more about this if you would be so kind as to explain a little more.

Thanks.

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Hi Sonesta, I do think LPG kits are really good I do. I mean take the stats, a 9 hour maximum run time on Petrol can become 24 hour on a LPG kit.
Problem is the Engine needs to be in good working order, and I get lots of phone calls every week with people asking me to sort out a poorly converted one. If not fitted correctly it can damage the machine as well as you (Gas after all!) :roll:
At present we can supply the kits for Honda, Kipor and Planet ranges and ours are £150 inc delivery! :)
The noise levels are a personal thing, do you not think the sound is Tinny? They always sound like they are running of a higher rev?
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Thanks for the reply Simon and although I am not very clued up on such things my hubby is and he was interested to read your reply.

To be honest we haven't noticed our Honda EU20i running any differently since we had ours converted to LPG other than, as I said before we thought if anything, it sounded a tad quieter and yes the extended running time and the savings on fuel costs is a real welcome advantage.

I think it is important to get your genny serviced regularly and so after reading your findings we will ensure that our generator gets a check up pretty soon.

Thanks again.

Sue
 

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If anybody is interested I am thinking of selling my on board Honda powered genny with an output of 3.8kw converted to run on gas. Has only done just over 100hrs run time. It has electric and manual start. pm me.

Andy
 

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Hi one of the dealers at Newark was telling me he was sourcing LPG gennys from China, reckons they will be a similar price to petrol.

Can't remember his name but he was in the big hall to the right as you came in from the day carpark.

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Hi Clive, price would be the same from us to convert, what Honda engine is it? I am struggling to find information. Also we can supply a LPG ready Gennie too, would be cost + £179
Simon
 
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