Originally Posted by adschantz
In an attempt to avoid a generator and a separate 110v ac unit, what about allowing the van to idle all night and run the ac? This would keep a charge on the batteries and run the ac, all without the purchase cost and separate maintenance of the generator and second ac unit. I am looking at vans with the 5.4l engine. Except for the fuel bill, will an 8-10 hour period of idling damage the engine?
I'm in the southeast, ac is a part of life. Would like to simplify the setup as much as possible.
Thanks for the help.
nothing is gonna like idling that long... some engines will tolerate it longer than others.
don't even think about doing it with a diesel. that will destroy a 6.0, even on high idle.
an EU 2000 honda genset and a 50' cord would draw minimal fuel, and unless placed
in a parking structure, would be almost unnoticeable. it'll also give you continuous power
without running full tilt boogie to do it. on minimal load, it'll run 24 hours on a filling,
and it's hard to hear 25' away.
having someone run a V-8 all night next to me, unless it's in a truck stop, would probably
lead to a can of "great stuff" into the intake horn behind the grill.... did i say that out loud?
good batteries, and a good alternator would be a solution, but won't run an a/c.
best batteries other than golf cart batteries, would be Oddesy batteries, with a
DC Power 270 amp alternator replacing the OEM. ford OEM alternators, imho, suck.
that alternator produces 200 amps of clean power at 600 rpm idle, and a smidge over
300 amps at 2,000 engine rpm... it's very conservatively rated.