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Old 06-17-2018, 05:00 AM   #1
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Gas or LP Generator

New to the forum. Recently purchased a 2012 Redwood 36RL. Very excited to get it out. Coming from a Jayco Designer. Considered swapping Onan 5500 generator over from Jayco to Redwood. However, generator is gas and appears there is no designed space for a gas tank in the 36RL. Does anyone know, is this unit designed just for propane? Suggestions?
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Old 06-17-2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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New to the forum. Recently purchased a 2012 Redwood 36RL. Very excited to get it out. Coming from a Jayco Designer. Considered swapping Onan 5500 generator over from Jayco to Redwood. However, generator is gas and appears there is no designed space for a gas tank in the 36RL. Does anyone know, is this unit designed just for propane? Suggestions?
Redwood doesn't provide provisions for either fuel. Even for propane you have to install a supply from the regulator. The gen prep kit does provide the transfer switch, heat shield, and remote start switch though.

I can't remember if it was Redwood or Montana, (because I'm old) but I remember the factory installs being gas. I don't know where they put the tank. If you enjoyed that generator, I would try to keep it. We transferred our 5500 LP between 3 different 5th wheels, and as a result we got over 14 years of service from it.
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As far as I know, RW has only used Propane Gennys. I guess if you wanted to go Gas, you could use something like a Marine Portable tank with a quick connect to the Genny, as I don't know where you would mount a tank in the RW and feel safe with it.
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:39 AM   #4
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Well, the HH model surely had a fuel tank to service someone's mobile toys, and they had to put it somewhere. I've never seen one in the flesh, but I'm sure someone on here must have.
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Toy Hauler do have a fuel tank, but it's generally located at the rear of the unit where the garage is located.
I don't think RW sold many of their HH, their design had the garage floor and the kitchen floor at the same level, so if you were a little nose low and had a fuel leak, it could run right into the kitchen and reviews I read folks we're to keen on that.
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Propane generator

I am on my third 5er with a generator.
The first two were toy hauler with gas tanks installed and had a thirty gallon cap.
I now have a Sequoya w/ propane onan 5500 generator.
I would not have any other Genny because it is so much more convenient. There is no smell of gas fumes or the maintenance issues that go along with it.
The only negative is that propane has to be changed out, and having third gallons does last longer.
If you plan for how long you will be using the Genny, there won't be any issues.
I carry two gas grill sized tanks for emergency.
We have been very happy with our propane generator.
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If for no other reason but sheer convenience I'd have to go with LP. The hassles with carbuerators, fuel pumps, fuel, fuel tanks, & hauling extra fuel don't sound like much fun when there's already LP onboard.
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If for no other reason but sheer convenience I'd have to go with LP. The hassles with carbuerators, fuel pumps, fuel, fuel tanks, & hauling extra fuel don't sound like much fun when there's already LP onboard.


I cant agree more , todays gas sitting in a tank is only good for 6 months top. Adding stabil may get you to a year or two summers of storage. after that your going to wish you had gone with propane. Full carb overhaul after gas sits in it for 2 years is a must and depending on how bad it is you may need to replace the entire carb. the rubber fuel lines after 5~8 years will need replaced they get hard and brittle. I have nothing good to say about the current EPA standard ethanol blend fuels .
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