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Old 04-03-2014, 09:49 AM   #15
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no one has mentioned it yet, but solar power works very well.

Ask Leigh and Brian of http://www.aluminarium.com/ They have been in their Aristream for 3 years, no generator.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:12 AM   #16
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Have a generator that never started in 9 months. Since I installed 200 watts over solar panel with 20 amp MPPT controler.
The converter has been off most of the winter and batteries charged at 100% everyday by 9 am. Never saw that with the converter lugged in.
Figure ot cost me the price of a cheap genny. And no storage no fuel to carry and quiet.
Plus our unit is white and the AC is hardly used. If I had to use AC I would pay for a CG. It just don't make any sense roughing it and using AC. Where has all the fun gone.
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I really think it's a price point thing. Generators add a good bit of cost that raises the price point above what's expected by the buyers of TT's. TT's also don't have basement storage so installing a Genny would reduce the inside livable area, and that would not do well on the showroom floor. The Class "A", "B", "C" Rv's are expected to cost more and all have storage space under the floor so typically they are at least prepped for a Genny and most have them installed at the factory.

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Have a generator that never started in 9 months. Since I installed 200 watts solar panel with 20 amp MPPT controler.
We are on metered power in AZ and the converter has been off most of the winter and batteries charged at 100% everyday by 9 am. Never saw that with the converter plugged in.
Figure it cost me the price of a cheap genny. And no storage, no fuel to carry and quiet.
Plus our unit is white and the AC is hardly used. We enjoy the outdoors and open nice big windows on the shaddy side. If I had to use AC I would pay for a CG. It just don't make any sense roughing it and using AC. Where has all the fun gone.
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Off topic posts have been removed. Let's get back to discussing generators for tt's, please.

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I've not seen one yet, do they not come with them? If not how do you camp without a park and have power?
I have seen TWO Trailers that were factory equipped with generators (it is an option on larger trailers) not counting emergency operation center type trailers (Which are usually so equipped after market)

One was a gasoline generator with a removable tank the other I do not know as all I spotted was the exhaust pipe.

Normally trailers do not come with generators. but you can get them that way if you plan on doing a lot of camping "off the grid".. Trailer folks often purchase portable generators.. Some of the more popular ones are:

Honda EU-2000i Two of them optionally in parallel
Equivlent Yahama (EF-2000i or EF-2400i)
Champion Invertor generators (MAKE SURE THEY ARE INVERTER MODELS)
Kipor inverter models (Likewise)

Avoid the open frame "Contractors" special as they will rattle the rafters with the noise level

Fact: Was talking to a Yahama dealer one day, He had 3 generators on the ground. EF-1200i, EF-2400i EF-3600i

HE coudl not tell if the 2400 was running (I could but he could not) without feeling for exhaust.. I could not on the 1200,

Course once they were loaded down they spoke right up

This was at a rally with lots of jabber type noise in the background.

The model number is the peak (Surge) wattage, most of them are capable of sustained on the order of 80-95 percent

IF all you need is to keep your batteries charged, a TRUE 1000 watt generator (EF-1200i) will power a Progressive Dynamics 80 amp converter.. a EU-1000i will power a 60 amp PDI converter. If you want to power air conditioners you need at least 2500 watts for most of them, some need more epically if they have not been cleaned lately.
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Champion makes some good generators for campers. I have one of these, 46515 - Champion Power Equipment. It weighs less than 100# and will power my entire camper including the A/C. It's a little louder than my Honda EU2000i and burns a little more fuel.
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