Using your RV’s appliances while the generator is running is completely safe and you can drive your RV while using the generator. You and your passengers can enjoy RVing even though it’s not the most fuel-efficient mode of transportation. To avoid problems, there are a few things you should know.
If prohibited by state or local law, operating a propane generator while driving may be illegal. Roads, bridges and tunnels may not allow the use of propane in certain jurisdictions. In addition to RV engines, generators also run on gasoline. Whenever you operate a gasoline-powered generator, make sure the tank is full of fuel before starting the engine. A generator will automatically shut down if the fuel tank drops below 1/4. There is a safety feature that prevents you from being stranded without gas. It is designed to prevent the entire fuel tank from being used for power generation alone.
While driving, why should the RV generator run?
Generators can be used for various purposes while driving, including powering rooftop air conditioners, refrigerators, microwaves, electric water heaters, and televisions. Also, you may need to operate some or all of these devices while driving.
In RVs, generators are often used to power the roof and dash air conditioners at the same time. This is particularly true for Class A motorhomes. If you’re not connected to shore power, you’ll have to use your RV’s generator to power your RV’s rooftop air conditioner. It is necessary to run the rooftop air conditioner for the following reasons:
- The AC board may not be able to cool the RV in extreme heat.
- The rear of your RV may need to be designed to keep your passengers comfortable.
- If you live in a mountainous area, you can use rooftop air conditioner instead of dash air conditioner to keep cool.
- In RVs, owners debate whether propane or electricity maintains a cooler temperature inside the refrigerator. The refrigerator you use determines whether or not it works. Refrigerators in RVs can also be kept cold with RV generators.
- In the absence of electricity, refrigerators switch to propane. Running a generator while driving can help keep your refrigerator cool on a hot day. Set the refrigerator power supply automatically if you don’t want it to decide.
- The use of the generator may be necessary if you want to run the microwave while driving. You can run the generator while using the microwave and turn it off afterwards if you need it for this purpose.
- Lastly, if you intend to watch a movie or watch TV while driving, you will need a generator as well as a DVD player.