I work out of my truck at job sites. I need extra power for my power inverter to run tools and sometimes lugging around the generator in inconvenient.knkreb;1601673; said:Curious as to your desire for dual alt setup?
Need more power for ___________ . And how much power you need total? Dual alt is twice the mechanical stuff to drive, thus twice the amount of stuff to booger up.
I think this makes some sense, however, I am in the boonies and with the weather the way it is at times I want to get in and get out ASAP, if need be so I'd like to be able to "unplug and go". I understand that maybe the dual set up is overkill but I am all about practicality over "flash".knkreb;1601753; said:How much power are you going to be pulling?
Are you going to be letting it idle at the job site?
What size inverter you gonna be using?
What kind of batteries?
Dual alternator set up will help produce more power while engine is running. More power is available, and can help somewhat too depending upon what 'zactly you are doin'. You alt will put out x-amount of current at idle and x-amount at above idle RPM's. That current will be spent either in direct usage in devices (fans, inverters, lights etc) or it will serve as a battery charger.
Two different kinds of batteries are available. First is the type we use in the automotive world. The second is deep cycle batteries. So, how 'bout this idea. Mount a deep cycle battery (designed for that kind of service) to a hand cart (if it will fit your application) along with battery charger and inverter. Wheel it aound the job site, and charge as needed instead of running loud generator all day long. Easier on nerves, less mechanical upkeep (parts/oil/gas/wear on generator) Less wear on truck too.
Battery charging is a load on the alt, and can sap your alternator's power just to get the batts charged back up again.
What kind of pricing is your set up? I can't seem to find it onlinerabt;1603077; said:http://www.americanarmature.com/GMC-Chevy chassis.htm
This company builds 250 - 300 amp units that are direct bolt-ons
I have one on my company truck for my 2000 watt 120 volt inverter, which is fused at 175 amps of 12 volts.