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Old 03-04-2015, 12:43 PM   #1
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NEW 5er's. For those that travel and dry camp overnight what do you do as far as a generator??? Most all 5er's do not come with one. Do you buy one and just carry it in bed of truck or have the dealer install one an have it wired and fuel tank installed??
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:59 PM   #2
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I carry two 2KW inverter generators in the bed of the truck. I generally alternate between them, but I can also hook them in parallel so that I can run the AC. So far, I have never needed to do that.


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Old 03-04-2015, 01:07 PM   #3
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Bought ours with a 5.5kw Onan installed. Uses propane and we have two 40lb cylinders. This setup can use a lot of propane over the long term, but we just want it when we stop for lunch or for a couple of hours while boondocking. I like that all I have to do is push a switch to get power when we need it. It's an expensive option, but one we decided we wanted. Had one on our last rig also but that was a much noisier Generac. The Onan is well insulated for sound.
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:34 PM   #4
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I have a 3500W that is a Honda knockoff (even the parts are interchangeable) that I put in the back of my truck. When I need it it is there and most of the time all it does is take up space, but when I need or want it it is there. Mine will also run my 13,500btu AC.
I also have two golf cart batteries that will run my trailer for more that a couple of days without AC.
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:14 PM   #5
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For an overnight stay, it would depend on the temperature, and breeze. We have stopped many nights at rest areas and if too cold, use the furnace sparingly. If too warm, we find a low-cost CG for electricity.
Having said all this, we have the 5500 Onan on board, just can't sleep with it going just below the bedroom. Have turned it on prior to stopping for lunch, or to make sure the furnace has enough juice to run if its a cold night.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:08 PM   #6
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Having a genny is handy. Most of us do not have them built in. The genny of choice is an inverter generator such as the Honda 2000. A 2KW genny has its limitations which need to be understood. It will power most everything in the triailer, though not all at once. It will NOT power the A/C.

Ideally have the genny & an inverter. A 1000W inverter will power most things in silence. Also, look at your battery bank. The more available amp hours, the longer you can run the inverter.

Fire up the genny in the morning during breakfast, to replenish the batterys & again in the evening to top them off for the night on the inverter.
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I have a Yamaha EF3000ISEB that I placed behind the cab of my truck. It works very well, easy electric start. It runs everything in the trailer (we have only one 15k A/C). Only thing that makes it work hard is the 1950's toaster. It is very quiet and reliable.

I put a heavy but short extension cord on it, so I can reach the cord easily and plug the cord from the trailer into it.

I cover it (the whole bed) when not hooked up to the trailer, with a Truxport Truxedo cover that stretches over the generator, as it sits a couple inches above the bed rails.

It is tied in with straps to hold it steady (and boards to lock the wheels) and 2 cable locks. Nothing is 100% theft proof, but it keeps the casual thief at bay.
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Thanks everyone
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We have a Honda and run it a couple of hours late afternoon to top off the batteries and at that time hit the showers and good for all night and the next day.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:07 PM   #10
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My TT is prewired for a propane onan, however, we use a Champion 3100 inverter generator when required to charge batteries or run the blender for daiquiries. It lives in the truck bed.
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Whatever you get, make sure you run it with a load evey month for at least a couple of hours.
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Brian...if you're going to add the Onan generator...get the 7000 instead of the 5500. It doesn't really burn much more fuel than the 5500, but when your dry camping (we do often) the 5500 just doesn't seem to have enough power if your running most of the electrical components. We had a problem when we first got ours and we were tailgating for a weekend football game. We added the outside big screen TV (we have direct TV satellite) and the 5500 just can quite keep up. Occasionally would throw a breaker, I switched it out to the 7000. I wished have done it when I first bought it...but you learn at my expense.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:58 AM   #14
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Thanks Superdave. Do you have the satellite on the roof for direct tv or do you use a tailgater???
I'd like to have mine perminate up top. How expensive is the gen install in the 5er????

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