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Old 12-07-2015, 08:09 AM   #15
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We dry camp from Dec till Apr. Have one Honda 2000 as well as Onan 8KW. Use Honda 4 hrs a day. Refill a 5 gal gas can every 7 days. Only use Onan when microwave or AC needed. There is no way I could run diesel genny on 5 gals a week. Been there. Friends that have two Hondas never need to run diesel to camp. Only to exercise. The point is why use 8KW genny when 1500w will meet your needs.
For those that are concerned regarding on board diesel genny not get exercised enough. We never use dash air (compressor sized once already) but run 8kw and both roof AC's when traveling. Just don't use it to charge batteries or watch TV.
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:41 AM   #16
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When I first started in the Class A I carried a small (1,000 watt Genrac) generator, this generator is very close to the Honda EU,2000i when it comes to fuel consumption and sound issues but is only 1,000 watts. A TRUE 1,000 watts though (the EU-2000i is 2,000 watts PEAK output. not continuous).

1,000 is enough to feed my Converter (well 1100 but the generator was "Conservatively" rated) so it was just enough to charge the batteries which, at that time, were a tad "Small" compared to my needs.. Worked several times.

Alas... That generator "Grew legs" and walked off. I know who's legs it grew but knowing and proving.. Two different things.

I'd really like a true 1,000 watt portable (I'm thinking a Yahama EF-1200i or another Genrac).
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Onan says to run them 2 hrs per month at 1/2 load. You'll wear out 50 Honda gensets and the Onan diesel will still be running great.



yup..thats the plan !
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:06 AM   #18
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Interesting discussion on exercising the Onan generations. I can't say lack of generator exercising is always going to be big problems. I bought a 7 year old 2005 RV with a 7000 Watt Onan with only 18 hours on it. It did need a carburetor cleaning, but since has operated perfectly and now has about 400 hours on it. I do exercise it now however and the easiest way for me to run it with a heavy load is to run the heat pump/AC unit.
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Sometimes I carry a Honda 2000 to use instead of the Onan 7000 as long as I don't require running the AC. The Onan uses about 1/2 gallon per hour and the Honda will use one gallon per 8 hours so there is no comparison as far as fuel consumption is concerned. I have to lie to the transfer switch in order for it to recognize the Honda as a safe power source, otherwise it reads an open ground but that's a simple fix. I run my Onan often but if the temperature permits , the Honda is quieter and no vibration.
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I notice that most people that use a second genny, hook it up to the shore power cord. I felt it made more sense to charge the batteries through a separate smart charger. This way I will never overload the Honda by inadvertently putting too much load on it. If I need the cook top, I just start up the 10K Onan. No need to shut off the Honda as the smart charger backs off to float until we're done cooking and we shut the 10K down.
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