Blog about my adventures (or mis-adventures) in my 1966 Dodge Travco and my brother's 1967 Dodge Mahaul Travco.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Power Restored, Generator Info
(Pics from Ice Storm) Power was finally restored yesterday about 3pm, which makes it exactly 8 days w/o power. Here are the tallies from the experience: The generator ran 192 hours (8 days, 24/8, haha) It used 90 Gallons of Gasoline. .46 GPH consumption average. At $1.79 per gallon, that is $161.10 (ignoring the .9 cents) Prep. was $126.00 for 8AWG SO flex cable, $32 for electrical plugs. Maintenance was $8 for spark plugs, $17 for a fan belt. Total of $344, or $43 per day. It will be cheaper if it ever happens again, as the materials have been "paid for." Although, let us hope it doesn't!!!!
I am very pleased with its performance, but for our almost all electric house (the furnace is gas), we needed more oomph than 6.5KW. I am thinking 10KW would be nice, with no concerns except when running the clothes drier, but 13KW or 16KW would be grand! Of course, I would not have that in the Travco, just for the house. A solar water heater would also relieve some of the load as would a Natural Gas on-demand water heater.
Another thought, over the course of 8 days, filling the tank with gasoline and the transportation of such, gets a little old and smelly. The exhaust is smelly, and the gasoline on your hands from the filling is smelly. So, a propane and Nat. gas kit would be a nice addition to the genny.
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