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Sprinter chassis with Diesel vs LPG generator


I'm looking to get a sprinter based rv and use my generator all the time.  I can't have an LPG generator because I would need to fill it up constantly and I find LPG refills to be a bit of a pain.  I want to have a diesel generator and that would probably have added reliability.

My concern is that the LPG generator is a 3600W while on every single unit, the diesel option is 3200W.  I'm assuming because of space consideration.  How can this difference be rationalized?  I already have problems with my gasoline 3600W generator running without being overloaded or overheated running just an A/C unit (I do a lot of camping in 100+ temps and/or high altitudes).  I'm a bit worried about the 3200W being so small, especially when the rvs all have 15kbtu a/c units.

Anybody have experience or thoughts on this?

Another question I have is how well do the diesel generators perform in high temperatures or high altitudes?  My gas generator overheats all the time.  Part of the problem is it's located very close to the V10 gas engine, which runs extremely hot.  So much heat is thrown off of that, the generator is already too hot to run sometimes.  Seriously!  I have to wait for the rv to cool down 30 minutes (or longer) for the generator to even want to start.  It's not a problem with the generator.  You open up the panel - without the generator having run at all - and it's hot as hell in there.  So hot I can't even touch the cover.

 



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Is there some reason you have to be where it is hot for the summer?

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I sure wouldn’t want to use my generator all the time. Solar can handle everything except A/C and, because of a lack of roof space, probably microwave in a sprinter. And I wouldn’t want to camp next to you...with constant generator use.

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I would be more concerned about the Cost difference myself, the Diesel gen will be a lot more expensive than a LP gen

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