VanDeusen wrote: »
can you point me in the right direction....
I am looking for something like a generac but not a high dollar one.
I need a generator that will monitor my system and automatically start when lets say my battery system falls to 11.9 and shut off when its fully charged, then monitor the batteries until it needs to start again BUT it of course also has to be compatible with the solar 12v system that I have. Prefer it to run on propane as well.
Do they make such a thing? I think anywhere between a 400 and 2500 watt generator will do. ALSO, it would be easier if it just hooked right up to the batteries and does its own thing where I just need to monitor the oil level as it would be hooked up to a propane system.
dwh wrote: »
They do make many such things. Generator autostart systems are common, and you can find many by Googling for "generator autostart". They are very common on high-end RVs.
The problem with what you've described is that it requires a generator with electric start, and there are very few (if any) electric start generators that are less than 3kw.
Even then, the smaller electric start gens, such as the Honda eu3000i series don't have any hookup for a remote start switch, so you would have to open up the generator and create your own solution.
To get a generator that is pre-wired for remote start, you'd almost certainly have to go with a larger gen.
The autostart (a seperate system) monitors battery and fires up / shuts down the gen as needed. The better RV types also allow you to program *when* the gen is allowed to run. I.e., some campgrounds only allow generator use from 8-10am and 4-8pm.
dwh wrote: »
Then all you need to do is refine your definition of "not a high dollar one" and see what will fit your budget. When you search around Google, keep an eye on which generators come with autostart and whether they monitor batteries, or (as a lot of home backup systems do) if they monitor the grid.
It won't do you much good to buy a gen that will start when the grid power goes down but won't monitor a battery bank.
VanDeusen wrote: »
what about this one?http://www.google.com/product_url?q=http://www.adventurerv.net/champion-portable-power-generator-3500-watt-4000-peak-autostart-p-5287.html&fr=AOSbul428ES8Y_iirp4LmtPR_vbB6HpxN2wCuH3Z0hZ0Ari1FdR1eWl7As0UcGLbeqJtInfyPS11WK7-S57fLQG66EYfqjs4XCNcMwLi9-OROfAkvIbs-RcNBxwefMHzdJwdVqhtySx0WIAyFQ4-WpWdrIoPAuFTy68ZgXcTkLbQIS35vZit8njZrLnHDw8qlAvtBgZCY6YRAAAAAAAAAAA&gl=us&hl=en&ei=owshTLCXG4GSwQXV_vHUCg&sa=title&ved=0CAwQgwgwATgA
OR this one?http://www.govgroup.com/portable-gas-fueled-generator-2146548-prd1.htm
if either would work then that would be great... What do you think?
mike90045 wrote: »
The Champion Portable Power Generator & Gentron GG3500RV are air cooled, short term gensets, with a 1 year warranty. The Onan, while air cooled too, has a 3 year warranty. Although, from what I gather, Onan's been shirking their warranty claims.
For $600, I'd try the Champion - and see how it does. (and it has wheels)