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Old 04-17-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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Can you dry camp with cheap generator?

I've used a borrowed Honda 3000 inverter but the price (and weight) were problems. If I very occasionally dry camped (pasture etc) could i use the 3500 watt (4000 max) generator from Sams Club for about $250? It has the RV three prong 110V plugin on it. Would it burn out my TV or computer when the AC started? Thanks for any advice. Farminatr
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Sure, but the noise will drive you crazy in a hurry.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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Yes you can, but like Don said, it will be loud. Not bad if you don't have neighbors. Also if you use your A/C, you wouldn't be able to use a whole lot more.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:08 PM   #4
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Are you sure the 3 prong is the same? I have a generac generator that I use for backup power at home but the 3 prong on it isn't the same as the 3 prong on an RV. Generator takes 3 twist connections but the RV cord has 1 round and 2 flat.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:18 PM   #5
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I've used a borrowed Honda 3000 inverter but the price (and weight) were problems. If I very occasionally dry camped (pasture etc) could i use the 3500 watt (4000 max) generator from Sams Club for about $250? It has the RV three prong 110V plugin on it. Would it burn out my TV or computer when the AC started? Thanks for any advice. Farminatr
I have the generator your talking about. It works great but is alittle loud although I could hardly hear it while inside my camper especially with the ac on. The generator is great for the price and obviously isn't going to be as quiet as a $2,000 generator. The RV jack is actually for a 30amp RV plug. The generator is great for over night boon docking on a long road trip. Not sure I would use it for a campground. Champion generator.
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There used to be a multi-page thread about the Champion gensets, but it has long since faded away. I don't hear many folks talk about them these days. I used to own one of the cheap gensets, tried using it dry-camping for a year. Bought a special quiet muffler for it, still too noisy for camping with anyone else around. Finally gave up on it for camping and dedicated it to farm use only.
I then bought a Boliy Generator Boliy Guy , the electric-start model was not available when I bought one in 08. When you compare specs, the Boliy bests the Honda 3000, and Yamaha 2800.
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I was thinking you're comment "The RV jack is actually for a 30amp RV plug" was confirming that the 3 prong RV cord is compatable with the generator outlet. If so, the thumbs up was a thank you for confirming that.
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I was thinking you're comment "The RV jack is actually for a 30amp RV plug" was confirming that the 3 prong RV cord is compatable with the generator outlet. If so, the thumbs up was a thank you for confirming that.
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