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Re: Generator vs battery setup 2017/11/09 17:35:25 (permalink)
So glad to see I'm not the only nutbar wanting to do all electric.
And for much the same reason.
 
Up here, that saves me about 25k.
Plus we shouldn't blow up. 
_ unless we let your wife near it _  
 
The ideal thing would be to have an nice onan diesel quiet 15 - 20 kw unit.
Or a MQ whisperwatt.
The set back is 1 price - and 2  the 1000 pounds on the back of the truck.
 
Next down the list is a couple of honda's with a parallel connection.
But those are expensive, and the parallel thing does not seem to be available.
They had it, then recalled it.
 
Next on the list is a champion.
But if I go that route, I need to build a box to make it quiet.
Until I try that, I won't know if it will work of not.
 
Did you do a hush box?
 
Around here, if you run a basic genny that is very loud, you kinda get black listed.
 
 
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Re: Generator vs battery setup 2017/11/09 18:04:15 (permalink)
So I'm Waffled on this a couple of times the truck came with a generator box installed already. Buuuuut... the onan 4000w generator was setup to draw fuel from the gas tank. So I've been slow to remove the last few parts of it till I decide if I want to convert the 15kw Generac to do the same. the onan was still really loud but the 15kw is much more so. I had Planned to put it in with out too much modifications so that I could swap generators out as needed. But I've seen a lot of people putting quiet boxes mounted to the front. I like the idea, and even have an old federal reserve Money Box that we have been using for several years on our 10kw for the BBQ trailer. But my biggest concern is size/cost.
 
In our area we make ALL our money doing events on weekends. And half of our events we pay by the linier foot. Having over a 20ft linier footprint costs us $7000-$8000 per year in additional fees an that's for just the 2ft of the truck we are currently over (21.5ft total bumper to bumper). I've been wrestling with it so much my loving wife has banned me from talking about at the dinner table. There's even a swear jar for the couple dozen time a week I still do it(her coffee budget is well funded).   
 
Still not sure how I plan to overcome that one.
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Re: Generator vs battery setup 2017/11/09 19:04:36 (permalink)
Here, our limit is 22 ft.
And it really only applies to parking downtown.
 
I made sure I am at 21 ft 11 inches. WITH the extension for the genny.
 
It goes like this:
If you want to park in the high traffic downtown ( broadway ) area for the lunch crowd.
This covers parking and overall operating permits during peak parking hours at metered spots.
As the parking authority is in charge of the permits.
Under 22ft about 2 grand.
Over 22ft about 4 grand.
 
If you choose to not park downtown, and only get a basic operator permit.
It's under $500.
 
So what has started happening is that many have stopped going downtown at lunch time.
( which is exactly what the city wants )
And started looking for other places to operate.
 
Ya gotta sell a lot of tomallies to make up the 4 grand.
 
And of course events, fairs, etc are all a separate cost per event.
 
Some truck ONLY work events.
Others say the downtown is where you get the exposure to book the private events.
 
My first test with a hush box was pretty successful.
But it was with a borrowed genny.
 
I was able to make it quiet enough that we could stand right in front of it and have a normal conversation.
 
I need to buy one to finish the testing.
Just been waiting until the rest was done.
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Re: Generator vs battery setup 2017/11/09 19:10:45 (permalink)
I just found this Northern lights hush box on the local craigslist $600
seattle.craigslist.org/see/bpo/d/northern-lights-sound-shield/6350405686.html
it might do better than the money box. But I'd rather spend the money elsewhere.
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Re: Generator vs battery setup 2017/11/09 19:45:41 (permalink)
sunuva porthole!
thats a pricey box
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