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Old 05-17-2013, 12:16 AM   #15
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And I would agree with you - whatever makes you happy is what you "need". Everyone is different and has differernt needs and wants. Since DW has had a lot of medical problems, I want her to be as comfortable as possible.

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I would agree that you need what makes you happy. For us we wanted a small 5er so we could go to the places we saw and liked that big trailers can't fit.. We aren't full timers, but we have small children and DW was too scared to go camping in tents with small children (afraid of bears). So again I think you will get many differing opinions on what a want is vs. what is a need. In the end that will be up to you and yours. I try to keep it simple.
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Everyone "needs" to have something they "want." It keeps you going, keeps the old ticker pumping and looking forward to next adventure.

I remember when I thought I was "big time" when we put air mattress inside the leaking tent. what could be better than that?
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I krow all you FT's now this, that have the Stackable washer/dryer. The needs or want question. Just remember the all-in-one machine in runs off 110v, (like the stackable) instead of 240v in your stick house. Means limited laundry load you can do at one time, it takes awhile to do a load. If your retired no problem. Just a reminder for the new members.
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Everyone "needs" to have something they "want." It keeps you going, keeps the old ticker pumping and looking forward to next adventure.

I remember when I thought I was "big time" when we put air mattress inside the leaking tent. what could be better than that?
Oh yes amen. Hilarious how time changes what we think is luxury! I remember sleeping in our tiny pop when the kids were small and every time someone moved the entire thing shook and we all woke up. We froze in winter and died from the heat in summer and loved it! Now we have a camper that costs almost what we paid for our first house. But we enjoy the heck out of and never want to stay in a hotel anymore. Camper is way too nice and adventures are plentiful.
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2 Honda 2000 generators - Agree, but not sure how to hook up two, or would it be better for one bigger.
Bigger is too heavy for an old man to handle. The Honda EU2000i is about 50 pounds wet, so I can get it into and out of the basement of the 5er. The bigger EU3000i is 134 pounds, which is too heavy for an old man to easily handle. And my EM5,000S Honda (not an inverter) is 232 pounds, so I don't have a prayer of man-handling that one.

Honda makes two slightly different models of the EU2000i. One is the ordinary $999 generator that is handy as can be for use around the house/farm/ranch/campground. The second is the $1099 "companion" that has a 30-amp RV outlet, so you can plug your RV directly into it. And these two small generators can be tied together with a special Honda cord that makes them parallel to produce 3,200 watts continuous or 4,000 watts surge (to help start an AC for example).

And you can buy the two EU2000i generators and the expensive parallel cord as a package. Here's one popular discount source:
Honda EU2000i Parallel Combo Package Generators WiseSales.com

You cannot hook just any two generators together parallel. They must be designed to be hooked up parallel. So if I need for some reason to use both my EU2000i and EM5000S at the same time, they cannot be tied together to produce more than the 5000 watts of the EM5000S.

That 3,200 watts is not enough to run everything at once, but it will run one 13,500 or 15,000 BTU AC, lights, TV and power supply/battery charger at the same time. If you don't want DW griping about not being able to run the hair dryer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and AC at the same time, then you need my electric-start EM5000S. 5000 watts continuous or 7000 watts surge. Electric start because I don't have the strength to start a 5,000-watt generator with a recoil starter. But you probably won't be hauling it in the basement - it's too darn heavy and bulky to get it in there. I usually haul it on a cargo carrier plugged into a receiver hitch on the back of the 5er. For several years when dry-camping at Texas Motor Speedway, I hauled it and extra gasoline (along with a handicap scooter) in a trailer hitched to the back of the 5er.
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Me: Roof over head, dogs, food and place to keep it cool.

DW: A/C, central vac, king sized bed, home sized shower, cup holders, lazy chair, big screen TV, skylight, large fridge, larger bathroom with BIG mirror, ice maker, room for grandkids and a bunch of other stuff. I am willing to compromise.
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Me: Roof over head, dogs, food and place to keep it cool.

DW: A/C, central vac, king sized bed, home sized shower, cup holders, lazy chair, big screen TV, skylight, large fridge, larger bathroom with BIG mirror, ice maker, room for grandkids and a bunch of other stuff. I am willing to compromise.
Questionable: DW needs- TV (Large Screen?) - Ice maker? - the rest ok

But what gets me is I am the one looking for larger fridge, bath and shower.
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As stated above needs change with age, married for 44 years RVed for 41 of those years, needs and wants over the years driven by DW acquiesced by DH, started in 1972 (tent days).





She drove everything we owned, I was happy to sleep through it.



And the latest.

She drives that one too.


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As stated above needs change with age, married for 44 years RVed for 41 of those years, needs and wants over the years driven by DW acquiesced by DH, started in 1972 (tent days).

She drove everything we owned, I was happy to sleep through it.

And the latest.

She drives that one too.

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ONG you made our day! This is hilarious. My DH is saying "well it's the truth". DWs rule!!!
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docnprincess, not only does she drives the big beast,

she can also multitask while doing so.

But she was always "one" with machinery whether grounded,

or not.

I on the other hand also enjoy culinary adventures.

Having passed through the pearly gates I felt I needed to sample.


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