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Old 06-26-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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GENERATORS... What brand/type do YOU use?

Gonna be doing a fair amount of boondocking with my new TT.

23 ft. TT, one AC unit, fridge, TV, WH, computer. What are you all using for generator power source?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:34 AM   #2
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I have a 23ft tt and do alot of boondocking. My generator is a Boliy 3600 with electric start. It runs everything in my tt. Also, it is relatively quiet and weighs 78lbs (easy on the back).
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We boondock all the time and we get all our power from solar panels. But this summer we've ended up in a lot of very hot places and we've been relying on our Yamaha 2400i generator to run our 15,000 BTU a/c unit. The generator is phenomenal. We've had it 4 years and barely used it (it's really just for running the a/c). Yet it starts on the first pull every time, even after not being started for a year or more. The a/c unit draws a lot of current when it first starts up, so sometimes we need to be patient getting the generator and a/c to cooperate with each other, but once the a/c is running the generator will keep it going for hours.
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We have a pair of the Honda EU2000i units. They are about 50# each. In parallel, we can run the A/C and microwave . If we do not ned the A/C, we can get by on just one of them.

Honda has service and parts all over the country.

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champion 3500-4000. ($325.00) I use it all the time, and it has been excellent!
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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I've noticed several travel trailer owners indicating their A/C units are 15,000 BTU. Mine is a 25,000 BTU. Currently, I am living/working in southeastern NM.... very HOT!! I think I will be needing a bigger unit. I've looked that the Honda 6500 and am impressed. It's pricey and heavy but the reviews I've read suggest this model will handle all the load a TT can dish out.

There are a couple of things I am thinking shouldn't be minimized. Power is one

Thanks for all the input!!
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We have a pair of the Honda EU2000i units. They are about 50# each. In parallel, we can run the A/C and microwave . If we do not ned the A/C, we can get by on just one of them.

Honda has service and parts all over the country.

Ken

I am told running two in parallel is a great idea. However, I'm also told the 6500 is quieter than tandem 2000's running together. Of course, the convenience of using only one 2000 as light as they are is a good thing.

Thanks for your input. I am really gaining a lot of info out here on this site.
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The big advantage of the Honda over the China brands is the dealer and parts network.

I know I can get it worked on and get parts. They are pricey, but worth the extra.

Jeff, you must have a basement unit with two compressors.

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The big advantage of the Honda over the China brands is the dealer and parts network.

I know I can get it worked on and get parts. They are pricey, but worth the extra.

Jeff, you must have a basement unit with two compressors.

Ken

I haven't purchased any unit yet, but here is a link to the one I mentioned. Hope to get one within a few weeks.

Honda EU6500i Super Quiet Generator

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The big advantage of the Honda over the China brands is the dealer and parts network.

I know I can get it worked on and get parts. They are pricey, but worth the extra.

Jeff, you must have a basement unit with two compressors.

Ken
had to check your facts Ken..

Champion Generators are made by Champion Power Equipment. The company is headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California

Honda generators are made in Japan, China, France and India, and supplies them to North America, Europe and various other countries around the world.
Me and 2 other friends bought our champion generators over 3 years ago when they were having a sale on them. we have all ran them to death and swear by them. not 1 problem.
when you buy a Honda, you are paying for the name. Dont get me wrong, they make good stuff. but there are other great brands.
you can look at the reviews here..
Champion Power Equipment™ 3500W/4000W Portable Generator - 4434023 | Tractor Supply Company

ohh.. and I have ran the a/c and microwave at the same time with it.
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Thanks Lynn! I'll check the Champion brand out as well.
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You probably can't go wrong with Honda or Yamaha, but as some posters said, there are other units out there. Two Honda 2000s are as noisy the the 3000i that I have, and the 3000 (with elect. start) is a bit quieter than mine. Regardless, if you're in a CG where almost everyone is running a quiet genset, the low level drone can bother some people.
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Just got back from a number of days in the Smoky's where there is no electric at the campgrounds inside the park. I would say 75% of the RVers had gennys. Some were outright "loud"....Personally, we don't use a genny....I noticed the Honda's & Yamaha's were by far much quieter. I personal peeve...When you notice a fellow RVer camped next to you who doesn't have a genny, don't put your genny on your other side of the RV facing them.
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I have a Yamaha 2400 ishc. Its been great. Its got just enough power to start and run our roof a/c in 100 degree heat. We can also keep our tv and dish on while the ac is being used.


Worth every penny!!
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