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Old 11-06-2014, 04:20 AM   #1
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Food truck generator requirements


Hi all, many thanks in advance!

I'm looking for some advice regarding a single generator that will run all the appliances/equipment within our van which total roughly 5000-6000w with the largest starting wattage being ~1400w. I've been looking at petrol run 10kw generators but it's all pretty confusing working out if they are suitable and I don't really understand if I need (want) an inverter generator or a petrol/diesel.
Size of the unit is not a major, but the smaller the better as It will have to be moved occasionally.

It needs to be able to run most days of the week for around 5 hours daily.
It needs to be reasonably quiet.
It needs to be made by a reputable manufacturer (reliable).

Any advice is much appreciated.

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Hi all, many thanks in advance!

I'm looking for some advice regarding a single generator that will run all the appliances/equipment within our van which total roughly 5000-6000w with the largest starting wattage being ~1400w. I've been looking at petrol run 10kw generators but it's all pretty confusing working out if they are suitable and I don't really understand if I need (want) an inverter generator or a petrol/diesel.
Size of the unit is not a major, but the smaller the better as It will have to be moved occasionally.

It needs to be able to run most days of the week for around 5 hours daily.
It needs to be reasonably quiet.
It needs to be made by a reputable manufacturer (reliable).

Any advice is much appreciated.

I would look for a petrol generator, diesel liquid cooled being my first choice. Inverter generators aren't economical in the 10kw range, and you'd probably be getting something other than a sine wave. In addition if those 10kw are coming from the trucks DC power it will tax it.


I notice your in Australia, so I don't know what is available there for genets.
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Go with a regular generator. I wouldn't consider an inverter generator for your application. They are really nice if you have varying loads because they ramp themselves down to match the load, saving on fuel and noise. Like campers or camping, and construction sites are a good application for inverter generators.

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If I had a lunch truck and had customers ordering or standing around deciding what to get. I wouldn't want them to have to listen to a generator. I wouldn't want to listen to a generator all day. So I would spend more for the quieter gen/invert type.

Picked up a honda eu2000i. Not lots of power but very quiet.

I checked out larger units. Amazing how quit.
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Honda gen sets have good reputation in the States. Reliable and quieter than other models.

What model is available in Australia may be completely different then here since we use 120v as well.

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I agree you want a quieter one.
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R.V. generators are quiet.
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R.V. generators are quiet.
Yes, onans seem to rule. He mentioned having to move it and I'm not sure how portable those are myself.
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and I'm not sure how portable those are myself.
They are not.

A 10kW diesel RV generator is 750 lbs plus or minus. You use a hoist to install or remove them.
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Hi all, many thanks in advance!

I'm looking for some advice regarding a single generator that will run all the appliances/equipment within our van which total roughly 5000-6000w with the largest starting wattage being ~1400w. I've been looking at petrol run 10kw generators but it's all pretty confusing working out if they are suitable and I don't really understand if I need (want) an inverter generator or a petrol/diesel.
Size of the unit is not a major, but the smaller the better as It will have to be moved occasionally.

It needs to be able to run most days of the week for around 5 hours daily.
It needs to be reasonably quiet.
It needs to be made by a reputable manufacturer (reliable).

Any advice is much appreciated.
Invertor type gennys are usually quieter than standard types
How ever they are also fussyer with reguards to loads
So if you have to run motors (fridges) then your genny will need
a good solid surge capacity to cope.
A normal type genny will cope better with surges (starting fridges)
but they tend to be a bit noisier.

So I would look around for a standard type, quietened model.
They usually have some types of cabinet around them to keep
noise to a minimum.

If your load is 6000w depending on the amount of that load that is
motors, will determine your needed capacity.

How much of that 6000w is motors ?
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