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Old 11-26-2014, 06:16 AM   #1
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Thinking of buying a small generator to recharge the batteries as we will be doing a ton of dry camping the question is will a generator that has 1200 watts be enough to charge batteries or not and would it be enough to run the campers other things? Just a newbie trying to figure it all out.

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Old 11-26-2014, 06:20 AM   #2
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That would be 10amps & probably too small to run an air conditioner.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:45 AM   #3
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vt_skier,

Depending on where you are located and how you camp, it may be worth looking at solar as an option. I am in the southwest, installed solar, and never use my generator any longer (except for AC, which I never use when boondocking). It is not super cheap but is quiet and just works.

To your question; assuming you are connecting that generator to your shore power connector and you do not have a large load running in the MH, yes, it would charge the batteries.

It kind of sounds like an energy audit/budget is in order. My long description is here but the short version is to add up the power consumption (in watts) of all the items in the MH that you use and the length of time you use them. From this, you can see how much power you require every day and then make good decisions about how to supply that power.
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I have been to a few state and national parks where there is a big difference in the noise coming from ones genny. The Honda's and Yamaha's produce much less noise than all the rest, but are twice the price. 25 feet away you don't even know it is there, where as the contractors grade jumbo units are so loud, if I was camping next to one I would have to move.

We are planning a Alaska trip in 16' and leaning towards a Honda 2000, but I might also supplement it with solar. Something portable like this Solar kit 120 watts
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Something portable like this Solar kit 120 watts
Portable is good but - ouch - it appears they make you pay for it. That is $4.53/watt. My permanent install cost $1.85/watt (650 watts/$1200).

Edit: Ha! Had to remember how to do math!!
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That 120 watt portable system is running about $540 delivered. When we do camp off the grid, I like to get a shady site to keep the RV cooler inside. The thought of a portable system was I could move the panel to the part of the campsite getting some direct sun, and then move it later in the day to catch more sun. I thought it would be enough to keep the battery topped off. Keep the frig running, the use of the water pump for showers....

If I was going to get a 2000watt Honda generator, that would be mostly to run the micro. maybe the vacuum. Never really felt we were in need of the AC when at state or national parks because we were more in the northern part of the country and had shady sites. You have to remember, in the national parks only certain parts of the campground allow generators.
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