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RV Generators – Exploring Other Options


The Generac 6.6kw generator on the Old Girl is getting to me.  80 hours of use so far with about 50 gallons of propane burned  — at $2.38 per gallon.Generac 6.6kw propane generator Of course, it is not the generator’s fault I am unhappy. The old generator still runs like a champ. I am suspicioning my 8D AGM batteries may be getting old and tired. They are just not giving me the amps they once did and that means more charging.  Another factor is not working and spending more time inside the Old Girl because of the inclement weather.

My old Generac is older technology for RVs.  You will still see stationary propane generators at communication installations and some commercial buildings…. mainly because the propane fuel never deteriorates and can stay in the tanks for literally years until the generator is needed.  If I was putting in a stand by generator for my stick house it would be propane fired; no question. The newer RVs went to gas or diesel generators years ago.   I wish I had one of those quiet diesel generators.  I have a 500 gallon tank of off road diesel right here on the jobsite.  Sure would be nice.

I ran across this article last week that introduces a small generator that uses a hydrogen fuel cell.  I bet the fuel cells will be in common usage in 10 years,  It sure does sound convenient and efficient.  At any rate, that is only wishful thinking for now.  I am going to grit it out with the failing batteries until we can get the power lines run into the property.

95% of the jobs we do have electric power-eventually.  Some of them are already setup and some we take care of as a courtesy to the owner.  These big infrastructure projects where we start out at zero are the most fun.  The owner buys a tract of raw land and we come in and set it up from zero to having it ready to go — including the house pad.   Most of them get an RV when they see we are going to set up the parking facilities and hook ups for our use during the course of the job.

The other 5%  of our work is like the job we did at Cranfills Gap 2 years ago.  No amenities and there aren’t going to be any for awhile.  There are no extreme boondocking jobs like that on the schedule for this coming year– yet.   If we do book one, I will have to replace those batteries.  I am pretty darned sure I will not buy 8D AGM batteries again.   They are just a little bit too toucheous as far as charging is concerned.  If I was going to replace batteries today, it would be some Wal-Mart Group 27 marine batteries.

You know, it would be nice to get some solar capability as well.  When we are blowing and going, I don’t want to mess with any extra little details and the solar stuff takes some management.  I would rather just flip the switch.  I love the smell of propane in the morning.

End Note: It is a weekend double-double header from a pair of Texas boys because I like the Texas scene. I just do.

Rattlesnake Tequila by Brian Burns from the American Junkyard album.

The End is Not in Sight
by Brian Burns from the American Junkyard album.

Brian Burns is an aging poet that I respect.  His songs have always had the ability to strike at my very core.   A smooth, rich voice that reminds me of a gifted storyteller sitting around the fire at a deer camp telling a story that captures us all while the good whisky makes the rounds.  I hear mariachis and Bob Wills and Gary P. Nunn and Waylon every time I listen to him.

Scott. H. Biram

Let me think about this a minute.   While I am collecting my thoughts, I will state the obvious  — he is a one man band from Austin.    OK, I am still trying to peg this one,  let me stall some more.

This is from his website because I am not too proud to plagiarize at will:

Biram ain’t no candy-ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways. HELL NO!!! His singing, yodeling, growling, leering and brash preachin’ and hollerin’ is accompanied by sloppy riffs and licks from his 1959 Gibson guitar and pounding backbeat brought forth by his amplified left foot. The remainder of this one-man band consists of an unwieldy combination of beat-up amplifiers and old microphones strung together by a tangled mess of guitar cables.

OK, so think George Thorogood and plug him into a wall socket and see how that sounds. Frankly, this guy is just a little scary to me; probably why I have never seen him live. But then again, old folks like me get sorta scarified easy. We lock the deadbolts every time we go in the house and we never ever give our SS# to anybody with out a good fight and we go to Denny’s at 4pm for supper. I don’t think you would ever see see Scott H. Biram in a Denny’s.

Lost Case of Being Found by Scott H. Biram from the Graveyard Shift album

Someday Baby by Scott H. Biram from the Dirty Old One Man Band album

Christ. Muzzy over amplified vocals, feed back, knobs turned all out of kilter on the amps and a frenetic energy that just overwhelms the senses. We need us some more of this.

Hard Time by Scott H. Biram from the Somethings Wrong/Lost Forever album

Wildside by Scott H. Biram from the Somethings Wrong/Lost Forever album

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5 comments to RV Generators – Exploring Other Options

  • Biram is very much an acquired taste. Still, you have to love a state that can a) generate a Biram, and b) (I guess out loud here) pretty much feed him by paying for his product. Weird and wacky, and a great example of the range of musical stuff produced by Texas.

    I’m just guessing out loud again here, but you’ve got to have some Hank (Williams) III on that Zune?

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      I have the first 2 Tricephus offerings, after that I lost interest. I just can’t abide the self-destructive, profane bent to EVERY song. What did his Daddy say? “Don’t you think this outlaw bit’s done got out of hand?”

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  • He is definitely not something I put on when my mama or my grandsons are around. I think half of that is act, and the other half is acquired experience.

    The real reason I clicked over originally was to ask your opinion on the Optima blue-tops. The D31M is what I’m planning to use for my solar panels, based on my experience with the red-tops in my various cars. Pricey, but they perform for me.

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      I like the Optimas as well. We used the red-tops in the racer because it was sealed and would not leak acid if turned upside down in a wreck. I have a BIG yellow top as the chassis battery in the Old Girl and it is a strong performer.

      I really plan on getting the Wal Mart Group 27 marine batteries and then riding the replacement warranty yearly. However, If I wanted to do it rightI would get 4 Trojan T105 6 volt golf cart batteries and connect them in series for a 12v system. They are built to withstand being drained and recharged for 100s of cycles. You won’t find a tougher battery for the money.

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  • I’ll check out those Trojans.

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