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I am looking at having fitted a on-board Gas generator either the Self Energy EG20 or an Electolux 2500H. Do they both need two stoke ? Are they both able to charge the leisure batteries ? Also I'm looking to have an additional LPG tank fitted - the current company recommended is in Yorkshire
and I am in Poole - any suggestions please.

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All the information you need on the Self Energy EG20 is here:

Conrad Anderson Self Energy EG20

Its a two-stroke gas powered DC charger that automatically starts and charges at 20 amps when your batteries drop to a pre-determined level, charges them up and cuts out when they are charged. Alternatively you can operate it manually. Hardly uses any oil. Fitted permanently underneath the van - noise level 51Db at 7 metres.

Great bit of kit at a price - but when it's cold, dull and raining outside and the solar is dead or you would have to tramp outside to retrieve the heavy Honda from the back of the locker then go out later to switch it off you may think it worth it :lol:

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Superk said:
All the information you need on the Self Energy EG20 is here:

Conrad Anderson Self Energy EG20

Its a two-stroke gas powered DC charger that automatically starts and charges at 20 amps when your batteries drop to a pre-determined level, charges them up and cuts out when they are charged. Alternatively you can operate it manually. Hardly uses any oil. Fitted permanently underneath the van - noise level 51Db at 7 metres.

Great bit of kit at a price - but when it's cold, dull and raining outside and the solar is dead or you would have to tramp outside to retrieve the heavy Honda from the back of the locker then go out later to switch it off you may think it worth it :lol:

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Keith
Thanks Keith

At this noise level can you hear the TV with it on and is their much vibration etc.

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No vibration - unlike our previous American Onan petrol generator on the RV which we hated.

However, can't hear the TV -

because we don't have one :lol: - very little noise inside - just a background hum that doesn't encroach in any way on conversation or radio listening.

Although it's automatic I tend to use it manually charging before the battery drops too low and at convenient times. If we want to use a high load appliance such as a hairdryer through the inverter and are off EHU then I simply start the genny and run the appliance leaving the genny to top off the battery after the appliance has been switched off. Charges the battery to 14.5v then stops.

The price seems to have increased significantly since we bought ours.

We go away for months at a time and mainly off campsites and EHUs. Just been round Morocco and back through Portugal for a month or so wild camping every night - the genny is perfect for this (we don't have or need solar). Again a six months trip round France, Italy including Sicily it proved invaluable. It's good to know that whatever the weather throws at you (we go in winter) as long as you have LPG you have power (our compressor fridge solely runs off 12v).

Hope that helps.

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Hi, There are two additions you can have with the EG-20 that help tremendously, The first and most useful is the "Bridge" what it does is connect all your batteries together and when on "Auto" it enables extra power for your leisure battery from your Starter battery which enables those "Extra Power" times, also if for some reason your starter battery runs down you can switch it to "Manual" and this adds extra power to your starter battery, On "Auto" the EG-20 monitors BOTH batteries at the same time.

Also there is the "Timer" a lot of Campers complain about Gennys running after hours, With the timer you enter the time after which you do not want your EG-20 to start and also what times it can start from.

As superk states they are extremely quiet and also as stated No Vibration whatsoever, we have used ours amongst other campers and never had so much as a sideways glance.

We have watched the TV many times with it running (whilst boiling kettle) and never had a problem with it.

P.s There are settings that can be altered to enable your EG-20 to start sooner, ie instead of waiting till it gets to say 11 volt you can set it to start at 12 volt.
 
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