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Old 10-02-2018, 03:49 PM   #1
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Recent change of direction.

My wife and I have had a 36' Class A diesel pusher for several years now. Last weekend, after much discussion, we sold the MH and bought a 2019 Forest River Cherokee travel trailer and a 2016 GMC Sierra SLT 4x4 to pull it with. I drive a truck for a living, so the size of the coach isn't an issue for me, but my wife is a bit out of her comfort level driving the bus. Then when you add the inconvenience of hooking and unhooking the toad, well, we decided to downsize.
We're in for a whole new set of rules. LOL. We obviously are going to have to downsize on what we carry, as the trailer has only a fraction of the storage that the motorhome had. But my biggest question is about a generator. The MH has a 7.5k diesel generator, the trailer comes with nothing. So, I'm looking for advice.
What do you all use, and what size? The trailer has one rooftop a/c unit, along with the normal power usage from lights, TV, etc.
I've considered two options;
1) Buy one larger generator, say around 3,500 watts and just run with it.
2) Buy two smaller, 2,000-watt generators and parallel them together for running the A/C, and just running one to power lights, etc. if the A/C isn't needed. That would require less gas, run nearly silently, and have easier replaceability should one unit fail.

I'm really curious if you all think it's less hassle to just run one larger generator and deal with the slightly noisier engine, or go with the smaller sets. I imagine there isn't much difference in sound level if you're running two smaller engines or one larger engine, but what do I know?

Any advice and/or suggestions?

TIA,
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Old 10-02-2018, 04:05 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new setup. If your going to run the A/C , your going to need 2 of those Small Honda or other brand Genny's. I like the idea of 2 generators.

I have a travel trailer myself and a 15,000 BTU A/C, and the Honda 2000 won't run it. If I don t need the A/C it works great.
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….so hooking up a trailer is less stressful than a towed?????.... the DW is one who must be obeyed but going from a motor home to a TT--really? Weekends at the lake--sounds great.....going across the good old US of A--can't see it--IMHO
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….so hooking up a trailer is less stressful than a towed?????.... the DW is one who must be obeyed but going from a motor home to a TT--really? Weekends at the lake--sounds great.....going across the good old US of A--can't see it--IMHO
The toad has a strict checklist of things that must be followed to avoid damage to the transmission, as well as a mileage limit before a whole new list of things has to be done. Then you have CA's ridiculous DMV fees for power units, sky-high insurance rates to cover for all the illegals who don't bother with such trivial things such as car insurance, the ever-increasing maintenance costs for an 18- year old coach, the fact that diesel costs more in CA than regular gas, it just seemed right for us. JMHOYMMV
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Old 10-02-2018, 05:31 PM   #5
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Pammi and I are kind of in the same situation, or will be when we retire in a few years.
I drive a truck for a living and would have no problem with a DP.
Pammi, on the other hand, prefers her smaller car over my pick up. Although, I HAVE made her drive around a few times hauling our TT, just to get used to it should the need arise when we start full timing.
As far as the gennie situation, I can't help, but it will be something that we'll need to think about when we make the plunge!
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...oh, now I see--you live in California---sorry, you have more to worry about than moving to a TT....May God bless your little heart.....be safe out there....
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We did the same switch last year. We went from a 2002 CC Intrigue, to a Lance TT.
Yes, it does take slightly more time to hook up the TT over the toad. But the biggest thing we miss the most is having everything within reach while going down the road, or pulling off for a quick stop.
But there are so many positives, maintenance, and the cost of is the biggest. The TT can sit for months and you can hook up and go camping. Can’t do that with a DP, as they do not like to sit. At first after selling the DP we had no intention of buying another RV, but that lasted 2 months. We are very happy with the TT. Can go a lot more places that the DP couldn’t. Not nearly the investment so I don’t worry about upkeep nearly as much. We didn’t have to downsize as we bought plenty of truck so we can carry whatever we want in the truck bed.
I would go with the 2 smaller units versus one big, as they will be easier to handle, and you can carry just one except for when you need the air.
JMO-Good luck with your new setup.
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We made the same decision about three years ago, and we've never looked back.


I mounted a Honda 3000W generator at the back of the trailer. It can run everything, and it's so quiet! I also installed 400W of solar, and an inverter to supply 110V from the batteries.


We made several mods to our trailer to increase/improve the storage space.


We are really happy to be traveling with our truck/trailer!


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I chose to use two 2000 watt Yamaha generators paralleled together over a single larger one because of ease of handling. The likelyhood of either of us getting stronger as we age Is wishful thinking. They ride on the floor in back seat or our truck as its unused space and easy to get in and out when needed.
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We made the same decision about three years ago, and we've never looked back.


I mounted a Honda 3000W generator at the back of the trailer. It can run everything, and it's so quiet! I also installed 400W of solar, and an inverter to supply 110V from the batteries.


We made several mods to our trailer to increase/improve the storage space.


We are really happy to be traveling with our truck/trailer!


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That is a nice setup.
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That is a nice setup.

Thanks. We really enjoy it!

We have just completed a 35 day tour from our home in Manitoba out to Eastern Canada. Today we are leaving Moncton, NB for the U.S.A. for a two or three week tour through the States on our way back toward home. Gotta get back to experience the snow!

Life is good!

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https://www.costco.com/generators.ht...ampion%2522%7C

We went this except ours isn't duel fuel. Been very pleased with it's performance after 2 years. It's a bit on the heavy side compared to the Honda/Yamaha's. Has a 30 amp RV plug, it's pretty quiet and runs our AC. I wouldn't run the AC and the microwave at the same time obviously.
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Go the 2 genny route. I have Hondas but Yamahas are just as good just not found everywhere like Hondas are. There is plenty of no name brand gennys out there as well for less $$$. They are still a bit heavy but manageable by one person where as a 4K genny requires 2 men and a small boy to move around. The Hondas are now 2200 instead of 2000 so more than enough capability. If your hanging out in Quartzite this winter be sure to lock them up or they will grow legs and walk off. Also don't just throw them behind the seats in your truck because there is unused space there, at least make sure they are securely tied down. In a roll over a 8o lb genny flying around in the cab will make a bad day into a really bad day.
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When we had TTs we had two Honda’s. Loved them but it was a hassle hauling them out, starting them and pairing them and such. Now as a Class A owner I’m ruined by electric start from inside the RV.

If we went back to a TT I’d want a 3500 Honda with remote electric start permanent mounted somewhere. And self-leveling. And....
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