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Old 09-03-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Generator Recommendation

First time poster and proud to be a new member of this great group of RVers. I have a 2008 Jayco Designer 35RLSA which we plan to full time in starting this winter. Our 5er is pre-wired for a generator and with what I believe is a starter switch at the inside control panel. We have never used or needed a generator so far but think we likely will when full timing so plan to buy a suitable one. We have 2 air conditioners but in daily use never exceed 30 amps at a time. Considerations are weight, noise level, reliability and appropriate size for our anticipated needs. We would appreciate any recommendations on the make, size and other features we should be considering. We expect to boondock infrequently only.

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Old 09-03-2013, 08:14 PM   #2
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I have a 6500 and love it. I think the fact that it can be started remotely and will carry the load of both your A/Cs is reason enough to take a good look at it. Ask anyone who has heard an EU run. They are quite.

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Old 09-03-2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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Onan makes small, but quiet LP gennys for a "permanent" install. You have LP on board so no gasoline in or around the trailer. The Honda eu3000 is a great portable unit, but heavy. I've heard good things about the Yamaha 2800. I own a eu2000 Honda that worked great for our TT when we had it. It would run the AC when I flipped all the other breakers in the TT off. I made a carrier for it and a 2 gallon gas can that rode on the rear bumper.

It's really a matter of personal preference.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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We have had an Onan generator since we purchased the trailer. We ordered the trailer with it installed in fact. A built in generator is hard to steal, usually runs on LP, and with the Onan you can find parts just about anywhere. The portable generators are nice, but require you to carry fuel, lock them up, and only a few have remote starting. Also, with a built in generator, the transfer switch will automatically switch to the generator when it is started.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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I had an Onan 6.5KW gen installed in our 2013 Redwood 36FL. We have two 15,000 BTU A/C heat pump units, electric/gas hot water, washer and dryer and all the other options offered by Redwood. As an retired EE ( and past diesel generator mechanic) I like to oversize a gen set about 1.25 times the connected load so as not to overwork the gen and allow for starting load surges ( real example for us - running the washer and dryer when both A/C's come on). The propane fueled gen runs very clean and not to noisy. The Onan gen has been trouble free.
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