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rvmamabel
post Jun 8 2010, 08:08 PM
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Hi folks, Hoping to stay at some national parks this summer and Walmarts on occassion. Any advice you can share about generators? Is it worth the investment? We'll be on the road for seven weeks going from eastern NY to Yellowstone Nat'l Park and around the 4 corners there and back. I'd appreciate any recommendations on a quiet generator that we can purchase and also advice on how to fuel it, run it, etc. etc. Complete newbie with this area and appreciate your experiences and good thinking.
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post Jun 13 2010, 12:37 PM
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If your decision to boondock rests on having a generator, then yes, you will save money by having one. A campground or RV park will cost you at least $20-30 per night, or $400-700 per month if you get a monthly space. If having a generator allows you to avoid those costs, then it's a savings.

Have you thought about what you will do for water, garbage disposal, and sewage disposal while boondocking? Three or four people, especially with kids, can easily go through 30-50 gallons of water per day if they live like they do in a house. Even with extreme conservation measures, you still need to dump and fill regularly.

Don't overlook fuel costs for the generator. When we boondock we run the generator around four hours a day. With our particular unit, that's about 1.3 gallons of diesel. If we needed to run air conditioning in the day, we would need to run is a lot more, obviously. We also need to change the oil and filter every 150 hours and perform other maintenance every 500 hours.

Also consider propane costs. When boondocking, your refrigerator, as well as your stove, oven, and furnace, consume propane. When at an RV park or a campground with electricity, the fridge runs on electricity and you might be able to use electric space heaters for heat.


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