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Old 10-11-2011, 06:56 PM   #1
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I am going to do some rustic camping...I have a small 17 ft travel trailer with one batt. I want to find a small generator like a honda 500 watt to keep my one and only batt charged...should I plug the trailer into gen or hook the gen to the batt (12 volt) which is better / safer thanx
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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The trailer if it has a good built in converter or a external battery charger would be the best and fastest, less generator run time.
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:43 PM   #3
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it does have a charger that will charge your batt while plug into electricity.
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I would buy at least a 1000kw genset so you could run your trailer also.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:11 PM   #5
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:17 PM   #6
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I would buy at least a 1000kw genset so you could run your trailer also.
Probably a good idea - difference in price is not all that much, and lots more versatility with the 1KW - and a 2KW, like the Honda, will run a microwave and maybe AC (not at the same time!), if it's not too high a BTU rating.

As to battery charging, in any but later RV's the built in converter/charger was pretty minimal in 12 volt charging power - usually about 3 amps. Most of the Honda 500-2KW gensets have a 8 amp charging output that would be FAR better than older RV converter chargers - of course, you can use both the 120vac output AND the 12 volt charger output from the genset simultaneously, and then do quite well...

THEN, there's solar, with something like the 5.5 amp GE panel we use - but that's a whole new thread...
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Short for generator. If you're gonna spend the money on a generator, get a Honda or Yamaha 2000. You can charge the battery and run other appliances at the same time.
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Thank you to all...I do have a line on a 1000i honda he says used only 4 times and wants 450.00 for it...what do ya think?
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I have an 18ft trailer and everyone I've spoken to has advised me to go for the 2000i Honda.
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I found a super deal on a new Yamaha 2000i for $830, but it went up over $200 in two weeks. They no longer sell generators.

If that's the best you can find, get it before it's gone.
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Thank you to all...I do have a line on a 1000i honda he says used only 4 times and wants 450.00 for it...what do ya think?
$450 is to much for a used unit unless you live in the boonies, there are lots of them on craigslist and EBay for cheaper especially the 1000 series. I would suggest you get the Eu2000 so you know you have power to spare. $450 would be a good used price for a 2000
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I would strongly recommend the Hondi EU2000i. I've had one for several years and love it. It's quiet, dependable, durable, easy on gas, and will put out up to 1,600 watts constant power. The 2000 watt rating is only for a cold start of something with high drag, but it will burn up if you try to run over 1,600 watts for more than a few seconds.

1,600 watts is not enough power to operate an AC. For AC operation, you need two EU2000i generators tied together with a special Honda cord to produce up to 3,200 watts continuous, and up to 4,000 watts to start the AC.

The gas tank holds only a gallon or so, but it will run all night on one tank of gas. It will produce enough power to run a small microwave or a furnace in a TT. It has a direct-connect 12-volt provision for fast charging a battery. So I'd probably use that to charge up the battery at first, then plug in the trailer and let the on-board inverter/charger maintain the battery at full charge.

We live in the sticks, and I often use my EU2000i to provide power to a recip saw for trimming mesquite bushes where electric power is not available. (I also have a Honda 5,500 watt generator we used when boondocks camping with the 5er in the summertime when we needed the 15,000-BTU AC to run good).

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The spec sheets showed the Yamaha i2000 to be ~2db quieter and a couple pounds lighter for about the same price.
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I think it was [I]Trailer Life[I] magazine that recently compared the Honda and Yamaha 2000 Watt inverter generators. They were both rated highly, but there were several features on the Yamaha that made them rank it above the Honda. I don't remember everything, (I was reading it in my dentist's waiting room), but I believe that the Yamaha had easier filling and a gas gauge, among other things that have since slipped my mind.
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