Important things to know about the ban of small engines:
There are three set-ups we have experience with: 1) power system with generator as back-up 2) power system with generator powering certain items (i.e. A/C or microwave) while the batteries power everything else and 3) fully conversion to battery which we recommend A/C systems that can run off the batteries with minimal power draw (see blog about Mabru air conditioners)
The cost to convert will depend on the set-up. A simple installation where a generator is still used will typically run $8,000 to $12,000. Whereas to go full conversion without generator is typically $20,000 to $30,000 depending on the power requirement and if replacing the A/C with 12v rooftop unit.
So how long would it take to offset that cost of full conversion. If you consider maintenance and fuel consumption we calculate a $20k system would take about 3,000 hours of run time on a generator to off-set the cost. This assumes an average fuel consumption of 1 gallon per hour under a load, and $200 every 100 hours of run time for maintenance. That’s a lot of hours to make up that cost, so who benefits from this:
I don’t believe the ban will have a large effect on the industry. Many vehicles offer diesel and LP generators, and I believe the OEMs will start offering power options without needing a generator. You don’t need to throw away your generator, but if you want to go with a battery power solution then we can help. We are off-grid campers, and we don’t run generators…the best way to enjoy the outdoors.