Using Generator

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by bignick, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    has anyone ever used any of the chinese portable gen's????? or where ever they're made.

    you have honda and yamaha. but there are some other imports that are teh same size and wattage for half the price or less. like LIFAN or HONEYWELL for instance.

    i'm surprised at some of you running around with no cover. i'd think the weather would mess up the plugs and what not.

    that champion gen pictured above has a goind price of $400 now. home depot has a sportmans 4000 watter for $250.
     
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  3. that65

    that65 Light Load Member

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    If it works for you, that's all that matters! LOL!!!!
     
  4. Cowpie1

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    Yeah, especially seeing the shape of those condensers bolted onto the back of sleepers after a few winters in the upper midwest. They really look classy over time. Nice thing about having a compact AC in the door window frame is that it is easy to remove at the end of a break and stash away, and leaves a lot "cleaner" look when the truck is working compared to rusting condenser units on sleepers, faded APU units with bungee cords holding covers on, etc. Those custom install things really look good for a while. But they really deteriorate over time. And at 1/4 to 1/3 the total weight of a full blown APU by using a compact AC unit and portable generator, as well as 1/8th the cost of an APU, complete with a ROI time that is easily a year or less, no brainer. And when the time comes to sell the tractor, no excess junk bolted onto it, adding weight, to detract from the value. Considering the primary market I would target to sell to, grain haulers or farmers, having that boat anchor strapped to the frame rail is not going to get me a better price.
     
  5. that65

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    I wasn't referring to a window mounted setup, Cutting a hole in the bake of the sleeper is just insane to me.........
     
  6. leftlanetruckin

    leftlanetruckin Road Train Member

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    I was going to make a diamond plate door for mine, like I did on my last one, but it has been fine to be honest!
    As far as it deteriorating looks wise.......yeah ok. Aluminum looks like crap after a few years..lol
    The rooftop cover can indeed get some chips on it, which a can of Ford paint fixes in about 15 minutes.
    If you dont want to screw around setting stuff up and taking it down (did it myself for a while), a permanent install is the way to go.

    Martin
     
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  7. paul 1052

    paul 1052 Heavy Load Member

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    I didn't read 3 pages of posts but gravity fed fuel isn't legal on a CMV.
     
  8. leftlanetruckin

    leftlanetruckin Road Train Member

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    Oh dear....

    Martin
     
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  9. Oscar the KW

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    Guess he better go do some reading, huh?
     
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  10. Sly Fox

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    Part g "When" makes little sense if it always required.
    Three Level 1 or Level 2 inspections in the two years I've ran it and neither Pennsylvania nor Ohio had a problem with the setup. Fuel runs to the air filter, and then is aerated into the intake as a gas. It's not fed directly. That's the way I read the rule. and three DOT inspections since have passed it. Add in the thousands of scales I've crossed in two-plus years and not once was I called in about it. And it's plainly visible.

     
  11. Oscar the KW

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    Why is it called an air filter then?

    Fuel from the tank likely goes from the tank, thru a fuel filter, and into the bowl on the carburetor, from there it is sucked thru the carburetor where it mixes (atomizes) with the air that is pulled thru the air filter and into the combustion chamber.
     
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