Mase Voyager Gen Set Transforms New Motor Home
When the gen set on board your new state of the art motorhome struggles to crank out enough power to boil the kettle you know you have a problem. When it is a petrol driven unit that sits fair in the middle of the front of the vehicle, you’ve also got a potential safety issue.
So thought retired farmer Charles Bradbury. Together with his wife Ann, Charles so liked the idea of travelling around Australia in a
motorhome, that he went out and bought one. A decent sized one at that, a big 28’ Swagman that certainly looks the part, and does a
fine job in every other regard.
Charles was totally green to motorhomes. About the only thing that was non–negotiable on his wish list was a carrier at the rear for the
“It didn’t take us long to figure out that the little petrol gen set that was supplied with our new motorhome wasn’t much chop,” Charles said. “I didn’t know much about these so I relied totally on the advice of Sydney specialist Steve McIntyre at Ship n Shore Electrical.”
From a technical aspect there were two issues to be considered. Finding a gen set that would deliver the grunt needed to drive the on-board electrics and one that would slide into the dedicated gen set cavity. The gen set hole certainly wasn’t big.
Based on the recommendation of Steve McIntyre, the new Mase Voyager 4010 DM was selected for the task. It is rated at 3.2 kW for grunt and is compact for tight installations.
Driven by a single cylinder Yanmar L series diesel engine, Charles’ first objection was overcome. He had rid himself of having a petrol engine on board his motorhome. The new Mase Voyager 4010DM draws fuel directly from the same diesel fuel tank that feeds the main engine on board his Swagman.
From an operational aspect, the Mase Voyager can be started and stopped from the control panel inside the motorhome, or from the unit itself. The compact control panel has a start stop button, digital hour meter and warning lamps to indicate high temperature, low oil pressure, generator running and low fuel.
More safety features are built into the on-board system under the hood. There is a safety shut down capability in case of low oil pressure or high operating temperatures. Most importantly, the Mase Voyager 4010 DM has easy front of unit access for oil and fuel filters changes and routine daily checks.
The alternator itself is a synchronous, 2 pole, brushless self excited, self regulated unit. This is air cooled and delivers 230m volts at 50 Hz. The overall weight of the complete package is just 120 kgs and the noise level is rated at 64 dBA at 7m.
Through the gen set swap process, Steve McIntyre of Ship n Shore and a motorhome owner in his own right, went right through the electrical system and upgraded it to a standard required for free camping with confidence. In addition to the new Mase Voyager gen set, the house batteries were upgraded to a bank of 300 amp hour batteries and the inverter was also up-rated to a 3000 watt unit.
“We’ve eased ourselves into the world of touring by motorhome,” said Charles who is now based on a 25 acre rural property at Towrang near Goulburn in NSW.
“We’ve done trips to Townsville, Hay and the Great Ocean Road. We’re working our way towards a trip around Australia now that we have the Mase gen set on board and operating beautifully.”
“With our current set up we are well prepared to enjoy totally self contained free camping. The Mase Voyager has the power that we need to run the air conditioning, fridge, freezer, lighting and our entertainment system.”
“With the Mase Voyage running we barely notice it. The unit is quiet and there is no vibration. Most importantly, it’s not a nuisance to anyone who happens to be camped anywhere near to us.”
“I am really pleased that we decided to upgrade our gen set to the Mase Voyager 4010 DM. It is delivering everything that we ever wanted.”
Mase is the internationally accepted brand for high quality generators. For more than 30 years, Mase Generators has made generators, units which are renowned for quiet sound levels, compact size, good weight/power ratio, and innovative and elegant design. With applications in the marine and RV markets, Mase gen sets are wholly designed and manufactured in Italy. Mase marine and RV gen set models are distributed in Australia exclusively by Power Equipment.