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Elite Flex Power 4,000-Watt Dual Fuel Onboard RV Generator w/ Cradle - Propane or Gas - Electric

Elite Flex Power 4,000-Watt Dual Fuel Onboard RV Generator w/ Cradle - Propane or Gas - Electric

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This 4,000-watt onboard inverter generator has a cradle to mount permanently onto your Class B and C motorhome. The dual-fuel generator will power everyday RV appliances or re-charge your battery bank to extend your off-the-grid adventures. 1-636-306-4830 to order Elite generators part number WAY52YR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Elite products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Elite Flex Power 4,000-Watt Dual Fuel Onboard RV Generator w/ Cradle - Propane or Gas - Electric. Generators reviews from real customers.
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Elite Generators - WAY52YR

  • 3800 Running Watts
  • 4000 Starting Watts
  • Gas
  • Propane
  • No Inverter
  • Elite
  • 120 Volt Output
  • Electric Start
  • Outdoor Use Only
  • CARB Approved

This 4,000-watt onboard inverter generator has a cradle to mount permanently onto your Class B and C motorhome. The dual-fuel generator will power everyday RV appliances or re-charge your battery bank to extend your off-the-grid adventures.


Features:

  • 4,000-Watt onboard generator with cradle provides a built-in power source on your RV
    • Perfect for boondocking, tailgating, or emergency backup power
  • Pre-installed, lightweight aluminum cradle permanently houses the generator
    • Designed for Class B and C RVs where the generator hangs off the chassis
    • Can also be used on Class A RVs with a fireproof and ventilated enclosure
  • Dual-fuel capability lets it run off gas or propane for flexibility on trips or in emergencies
    • Gasoline provides a higher BTU output
    • Propane runs cleaner and quieter
  • Push-button ignition offers reliable electric startup
    • Manual recoil handle lets you pull-start the engine if the battery is dead
  • Built-in inverter can safely run sensitive electronic devices, such as laptops, TVs, and gaming consoles
  • Variable-speed engine provides quieter operating noise and increased engine life
    • Delivers greater efficiency and uses less fuel than other onboard generators
    • Produces fewer emissions to reduce air pollution
  • Digital hour reading shows your hours of operation, voltage, and more
    • Displays codes to alert you when it's time to replace fuel and air filters and change oil
  • Fire-proof design and integrated safety features promote accident-free use
    • Digital valve controller cuts off fuel supply in the event of a fire in your RV
    • Heat sensor prevents generator from overheating or over-revving
    • Low oil shut-off sensor automatically stops engine if oil level is too low for safe use
    • Overload indicator light signals that the output power is being exceeded
  • Bolt-on installation - cradle mounts to the underside of the chassis
    • Mounting hardware not included
  • USDA, EPA , CSA , and CARB certified


Specs:

  • Application: Class B and C motorhomes where the generator hangs off the chassis
    • Can also be used on Class A motorhomes with a fireproof and ventilated enclosure
  • Starting (surge) power output:
    • Gas: approx. 4,600 watts
    • Propane: approx. 4,400 watts
  • Running (rated) power output:
    • Gas: 4,000 watts
    • Propane: 3,800 watts
  • Fuel consumption:
    • No load: 0.12 gal/hr
    • Half load: 0.3 gal/hr
    • Full load: 0.6 gal/hr
  • Engine type: 1/OHV
  • Fuel type: gasoline or propane
  • Temperature rating: 40 C
  • Voltage: 117V to 120V
  • RPM: Variable 2,200 - 3,600
  • Dry weight: 121 lbs
  • Dimensions: (with cradle) 34" long x 20-1/2" wide x 14-1/2" tall
  • 3-Year limited warranty


Note: The cradle or frame is not designed to be installed on a pull-out tray. Please consult your manufacturer for proper application.


Permanent Housing for Your Onboard RV Generator

Onboard RV Generator w/Cradle

The generator has a pre-installed aluminum cradle for permanent housing on your RV. The cradle is designed for Class B and C motorhomes where the generator hangs off the chassis. It can also be installed in a fireproof and ventilated enclosure on a Class A motorhome.


For travel trailers or 5th wheels, you can install it on the tongue of your travel trailer or in a fireproof and ventilated enclosure on both applications. If you choose to transfer the generator to another RV down the road, and you no longer need the cradle, you can easily take it off by removing a few bolts.


Dual Fuel Generator

The Elite Flex Power dual-fuel generator gives you the flexibility to operate on gasoline, which provides a higher Btu output, or on propane for a cleaner and quieter option. The generator produces 4,000 running watts and consumes approximately 0.3 gallons of fuel per hour on a 1/2 load. If you choose to run on propane, you will get slightly fewer running watts (3,800), but on the plus side, you will typically get a lot more run time!


On-Demand Power

RV generators are typically installed on a "Generator Prepped" RV that is manufactured with on-board fuel cells. The cells have fuel lines that run from the RV's fuel supply and connect with the supply lines of the generator. The generator then draws fuel directly from the RV's fuel supply via the generator's on-board fuel pump. The same principle applies when using the generator with propane, but you will utilize the LP lines to the generator instead. If your RV is not factory prepped for an onboard generator, we do not recommend this generator for use.


Built-in Safety Features


1. Digital Valve Controller: In the event of a fire in your RV, the controller will cut off the generator's fuel supply. It will also allow for a seamless operation between using gas and propane.


2. Heat Sensor: The built-in sensor prevents the generator from overheating and over-revving.


3. Low Oil Shut-Off Sensor: If the oil level is too low for safe use, the indicator will flash letting you know there is an issue with the oil level. If the generator gets to the point where low oil can damage the engine, it will automatically shut off.


4. Overload Indicator Light: In the event the generator is becoming overloaded, the indicator light will begin to flash. If the generator is overloaded and shuts down, simply unplug one or more devices, push the reset button, and restart the generator.


Safe for Sensitive Electronics

Electronic devices are made with delicate circuitry that requires steady, controlled electrical current. The current produced by standard generators, however, is uncontrolled, allowing extreme fluctuations in power. These fluctuations can damage your sensitive electronic devices. This generator, on the other hand, has a built-in inverter that controls the voltage that is produced. This important feature ensures the generator is safe to use with sensitive electronics such as cell phones, computers, audio and stereo equipment, and medical devices.


Choosing a Generator

When choosing a generator, you need to match the generator's starting and running output with the electrical demands of the equipment you want to operate.


Power Demands

Starting (surge) wattage is the power a device requires at startup. Running (rated) wattage is the power needed to keep the device running. A large appliance with an electric motor such as a furnace, refrigerator, air conditioner, or washing machine may require 2 to 3 times more starting wattage than running wattage.


It is always best to start your generator with no load connected, then add each device one at a time. Additionally, a good practice to consider is connecting your devices in order from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts. As you connect and start devices, your available wattage decreases. This order of operation allows you to start devices with the highest power demands when there is more power available.


Will This Generator Run My RV Air Conditioner?

At etrailer, we perform numerous tests on generators that put them through real-world experience. An extensive part of this testing includes starting and running RV air conditioners. The following table will help you decide if the Elite Flex Power 4,000-watt dual-fuel onboard generator has enough power to handle this critical function in your RV.


Air ConditionerWill it start and run?
Single 13,500 BtuYes
Single 15,000 BtuYes
Dual 15,000 BtuYes

Running Watts and Starting Watts of Common Appliances


ApplianceRunning WattsStarting Watts
Air compressor (1/2 hp)1,0002,000
Air conditioner (15,000 Btu)1,600*
Air conditioner (13,500 Btu)1,300*
Air conditioner (10,000 Btu)1,000*
Blender400850
Cell phone charger110
Clock radio40
Coffee maker (high setting)1,0660
Crock pot (low setting)1260
Crock pot (high setting)3740
Desktop computer150 - 3500
DVD player140
Electric drill (3/8" / 4 amps)450600
Electric space heater (high setting)1,4500
Floor fan1000
Hair dryer (low setting)1600
Hair dryer (high setting)1,3000
LCD television (32")680
Microwave1,0000
Refrigerator8001,600
Washing machine1,1502,250
Work light (quartz halogen)1,0000

* The starting wattage on air conditioners can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the assistance of built-in capacitors and cold starts. Because of this, we can't list a standard starting wattage as every application can be different.


Determining Your Power Needs

The following section provides calculations for wattage estimates. This will give you an overall picture of your potential power usage and help you decide on the generator that is right for you.


Industry Standard Calculation

The Industry Standard Calculation is a quick and easy way to determine your required wattage. It may provide some padding in your wattage requirements, which could give you more power than you actually need, but you shouldn't have to worry about not having enough power. The following steps will help you quickly calculate the correct size generator to meet your application.


As stated earlier, you should always start your generator without any load, and then connect each device one at a time. The following calculation requires this approach to work. However, using this calculation removes the worry of connecting devices in a certain order.


1. Determine the starting watts and running watts for the devices that you want to plug into the generator.

a. Find the starting (surge) watts and running (rated) watts for each device that you want to plug into the generator. Look for a sticker or plate on each device or check your owner's manuals.

b. If your device or manual only shows amps and volts, watts can also be determined through a simple formula. (Amps x Volts = Watts)

c. List all of your starting watts and running watts as seen in Table 1 below.


Table 1

Example DevicesStarting WattsRunning Watts
Air compressor2,0001,000
Refrigerator1,600800
Microwave01,000
Blender850400

2. To find the total starting watts required, add the starting watts for the device with the highest value to the running watts of all the other devices from Table 1.


2,000 + 800 + 1,000 + 400 = 4,200 total starting watts


3. To find the total running watts, add all of the running watts together from Table 1.


1,000 + 800 + 1,000 + 400 = 3,200 total running watts


To run all of these devices simultaneously, you would require a generator with at least 4,200 starting watts and 3,200 running watts.


Advanced, Precise Calculation

While the method for calculating your power needs outlined above will work, it isn't the most precise. If you aren't afraid of doing a little more math, you can use the Advanced, Precise Calculation to get a more accurate idea of how much power you will need and potentially save yourself some money. Because the calculation above pads in enough power to ensure you can start your devices in any order, it may point you to a bigger and more expensive generator than you need. However, by following the more regimented, order-of-operations calculation below, you'll get a much more precise idea of how much power you need, which could in turn point you to a smaller and less expensive generator.


Again, you should always start your generator without any load, and then connect each device one at a time. The following calculation also requires that you start your devices in order from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts. When you connect devices in this order, you can start high demand devices when there is more power available.


1. Determine the starting watts and running watts for each device that you want to plug into the generator.

a. Find the starting (surge) watts and running (rated) watts for each device that you want to plug into the generator. Look for a sticker or plate on each device or check your owner's manuals.

b. If your device or manual only shows amps and volts, watts can also be determined through a simple formula. (Amps x Volts = Watts)

c. List out these devices from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts as seen in Table 2 below.


Table 2

Example DevicesStarting WattsRunning Watts
Air compressor2,0001,000
Refrigerator1,600800
Microwave01,000
Blender850400

2. To find the total running watts, add all of the running watts together from Table 2.


1,000 + 800 + 1,000 + 400 = 3,200 total running watts


3. In Table 3, shown below, the values from Table 2 are used to calculate the highest total starting watts required as devices are connected and running. This number represents the highest power requirement you will encounter as you connect all of your devices to the generator. To find this, add the starting watts of each new device you connect to the combined running watts of all connected devices. The highest of these numbers will be the total starting watts required. And again, remember to always connect devices in order from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts.


Table 3

DeviceStarting WattsRunning Watts of All Connected DevicesTotal Starting Watts Required
1. Air compressor2,000 +0 (nothing connected)= 2,000
2. Refrigerator1,600 +1,000 (air compressor)= 2,600
3. Microwave1,000* +1,800 (air compressor + refrigerator)= 2,800
4. Blender850 +2,800 (air compressor + refrigerator + microwave)= 3,650

* Even though the microwave does not have starting watts listed, you have to account for the power needed to actually run it.


850 + 2,800 = 3,650 highest total starting watts required


In order to run all of these devices simultaneously, you would require a generator with at least 3,650 starting watts and 3,200 running watts.



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