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Old 02-17-2016, 12:17 PM   #15
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Doesn't sound like the best plan to me either, for all the reasons mentioned. Those truck alternators are good for the road, but it's hard to beat a gen when parked.

Just my 2c.

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Old 03-20-2016, 03:21 PM   #16
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New Lance - no generator

I have the Lance 915. It is wired and plumbed for a Propane genset. I prefer to use the space for hoses,cords,tarps etc. etc. I have a Honda 2000i genset and love it. Usually carry it in the ATV trailer or set it on the floor of camper. Can place it away from camper as needed. Secured to a tree. Will not run AC, but I don't have it so no big deal.
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Old 05-03-2016, 04:43 PM   #17
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For me, Honda EU200i (or two) is the best way to go. Built in propane generators are fuel hogs, loud, and they vibrate the camper some.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:11 AM   #18
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I thought the built in 2k Onan in our 11.4 Caribou was very tolerable all the way 'round, and if we were getting another camper it would be the same. Our camper was used to travel cross country, OR to WV and back while staying in rest areas primarily, and boondocking for up to a month at a time while hunting and/or fishing.

The gen. was key to the AC, microwave, and battery charging. Since it was built in it didn't create any extra baggage, other fuel to worry about, or gen security problems.

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Old 05-11-2016, 05:57 AM   #19
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NO Generator! Traveler does 1,000,000 kms without a Generator!

I have the most traveled LANCE camper known, with over a million kms and more than a dozen trips from Alaska (and mainland USA) to the tip of Argentina!....all without a "generator".

FIrst, of all, most of the camper generators are PROPANE, and they use a lot of propane! On my travels, propane is not readily available. The gasoline gens make another problem - to carry gas (my truck is a diesel), and the diesel gens are heavy and expensive.

My opinion is: If you are a camper that always need electricity the generator is worth it - however on my travels, I probably spend less than 20% of my time sitting around inside of my RV. I like to sit outside, get out and see things, and explore the new exciting areas of my travels. (I always think of those RVers, who pull into a KOA, plug in, and sit sit sit within watching TV).

I have solar to keep up the batteries, also a 12v/110 , 1200 w inverter, and have found this is all I need. With this, I can watch TV (;not much interest, but I do like to see the news), brew coffee on my 4 cup Mr Coffee, and recharge my cameras, cell phones, and drills. What more?

I have also installed some great LED, outside security lights, for about $12 each, and these are without any connections bought at Amazon.

Most Lance campers come pre-wired for solar, and if not, a 55w or 100w panel can be installed in a afternoon. They even recharge when you are parked under a street light!

We traveled on a barge on the Amazon River in Brazil, where it was prohibited from running generators, and always had power for our water pump, and lights....even enjoyed hot coffee every morning while watching the pink dolphins...
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When the wind is blowing hard and the rain is almost ice pellets, we LOVE our built-in onboard propane generator.
It's a matter of comfort and convenience. That's why we're not in a tent.

However, we carry a small Honda 1000 for battery charging (and will soon add solar). The small Honda fits in one of the camper storage compartments.

To each their own preference.
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Old 05-13-2016, 07:15 AM   #21
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My 2008 Lance 861S has the built in generator. It is loud,uses a lot of propane but convenient. Pulling into a rest area and you want A/C while having lunch etc. But I do carry the lightweight Honda EU3000i handi. At 73 lbs it fits nice on a bicycle rack[see first pic] installed on rear ladder. It is so quiet and fuel efficient.

I even take this Honda with me on boon docking trips with the motor home to keep things going and able to run 1 of the two a/c's. I do have a diesel one on board but I am able without air running able to get almost 6-7 hours on it's 1.57 gal tank. I surprised at a recent event how many big motor homes also had this small generator running on the side also.

Also considering selling my short bed truck camper that I had since new. Just don't use it as much anymore since getting spoiled with the room of my motor home. Anyone interested please send me a Private PM. Camper is loaded with all options available at the time. Plus a recent install auto search Winegard dish antenna. 2 other pic's of unit attached also. Asking $20500.00 OBO price is a bit below of NADA for unit. Orig MSRP was close to $39K.

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