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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 13-12-2013, 17:21 Thread Starter
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The Telair ECO Energy generator

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I've seen the Telair ECO genny advertised a lot recently on MHV so without wishing to start a flame war as to whether these generators charge enough, are
quiet enough or can be justified for the price, I thought I would share a few experiences of fitting this model myself in 2013.

As you probably know this generator is underslung, but
the X250 Ducato chassis(not maxi)was not deep enough to use the supplied brackets that hold the cradle, so I had to make my own, based on the originals,
from metal bought at Metal Mania on Ebay. After treating with red oxide and
two coats of Spencer's coloured bitumen they were bolted into position with stainless steel fixings. The genny was then lifted into postion with a car jack.

I have removed the oven in my Ixeo so was able to use the gas supply from this to supply the genny using armoured pipe and a couple of compression fittings. A hole had to be drilled in the camper floor for this pipe and the control cable from the genny. The electrical connection was made straight to the battery and not through the Electroblock EBL99, problems in the past have arisen using the latter route.

The control panel was positioned below my existing panel(see photo)and I took a
12v feed off the fridge and made the connection at the panel so the genny can
not start when the camper engine is on.

I bought the exhaust and silencer along with the genny from Outdoorbits, but the hot air pipe that Telair supply(see photos)is a ridiculous price, around 80.00 a metre! I sourced this from Hopespare for 70.00 for a 4m length and it met all specifications inc. diameter. Anyone contemplating one of these generators might consider this route rather than letting the dealer fit Telairs.
The brackets for the exhaust were sourced from a aircon company and were a bargain.

Telair say to use flexible gas pipe for the connection from the rigid pipe to the genny. I've done this , but have decided to change it when I get chance for a Gas IT fast fill hose.

Right - how does it perform? Well, I owned a Honda 10i genny which I sold prior to this purchase.

1) The ECO Energy is definitely quieter.

2) Delivers more amps. Put the ECO on auto, fire up a hairdryer through an inverter, and the ECO starts automatically delivering 20amps until the batteries reach 14.4v., it then cuts out and stands waiting.

3) At the moment it seems very cheap running off the underslung gas tank.

4) Totally convenient if you do wild camping like us.

Costs:

Telair Eco inc exhaust and silencer - 2525.00
Angle iron - 28.00
Bolts (inc box bolts for chassis) etc - 27.00
Cable, Fuses, Jubilees, Pipe fittings etc - 40.00
Brackets for exhaust and hot air - 22.00
4m Ducting - 69.00

Sale of Honda 10i - 225.00

Total - 2485.00 approx.

Yes it's expensive but I don't smoke or drink so for us it's a fair trade off.
Oh and time will tell if Saddletramp is right, he says it's one of the best pieces of kit he's ever owned.

Cliff
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Blow sawing of the cat.

That things far more desirable and easier to get at.

Address ???
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Sorry don't understand

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Cliff,
I think Timtang is offering to come along to wherever your MH is parked and quietly relieve you of your new genny - suggesting that he and his scroat friends would prefer to have the genny than your catalytic converter as it's easier to remove and also more valuable!
Beware!
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Right. Okay. I can assure you a cat would be far easier. Unless he's planning to spend 30mins or more.

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Just thought I would mention that this genny is the TG480 a replacement for the TG20 which has featured on MHF before.

My address by the way is 21 explosion avenue Salford
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Make that the EG20

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Was just pointing out a potential problem and were it mine I would fashion a scrote proof cover.

Honda make a tiny 300w generator that will charge at 20a and if started every second day has just enough fuel (0.78l ) to charge the batteries and run out if left to its own devices. It only weighs 8kg
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[quote="timtang"]Was just pointing out a potential problem and were it mine I would fashion a scrote proof cover.

Since Nuke seems to be in the mood for selling MHF Members' info, I can ask him his price for the delivery address and then it is only a matter of agreeing the price on www. nickedtoorder.co.uk and we are away

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Timtang,
I should have added to my post that it was slightly tongue in cheek and I mean no disrespect to you personally!
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