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Old 07-27-2005, 07:12 AM   #1
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This has probably been covered a million times, but any advice would sure be appreciated.

New to RVing, and just purchased our first travel trailer (Jayco 31 BHS). Probably 6 times a year we'll be using the trailer at places without power hookups.

Seems like everyone makes a big deal about running the A/C (not sure, but I think ours is 13,500) and the microwave at the same time. Is that the standard for how much power you need? Could I get by with a "3500W" model (which probably runs at 3000W)?

Some say to drop $1,800 on a Honda or Yamaha, which I guess are about 58 db with a full load.
Some say to buy a Chinese knockoff. I've found a couple for under $400, one of which is 64 db with a full load.

I don't want to spend $2K on a generator that'll only be used a few times a year, but I also want to be considerate of others noisewise, and have enough power to run my rig.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:12 AM   #2
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This has probably been covered a million times, but any advice would sure be appreciated.

New to RVing, and just purchased our first travel trailer (Jayco 31 BHS). Probably 6 times a year we'll be using the trailer at places without power hookups.

Seems like everyone makes a big deal about running the A/C (not sure, but I think ours is 13,500) and the microwave at the same time. Is that the standard for how much power you need? Could I get by with a "3500W" model (which probably runs at 3000W)?

Some say to drop $1,800 on a Honda or Yamaha, which I guess are about 58 db with a full load.
Some say to buy a Chinese knockoff. I've found a couple for under $400, one of which is 64 db with a full load.

I don't want to spend $2K on a generator that'll only be used a few times a year, but I also want to be considerate of others noisewise, and have enough power to run my rig.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2005, 09:51 PM   #3
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....do you have an eldery person at home a disabled child or frequent power outages where you live?....all the money you spend is deductable from your federal income taxe if you do it right.....geofkaye
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Old 07-28-2005, 04:49 AM   #4
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No elderly or disabled. There are always threats of "rolling blackouts" in Southern California, but we've never had an outage for more than a few minutes.

This generator really would just be for occasional RV usage.

Main concern (besides price), is being considerate of others. How loud is too loud?
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Old 07-28-2005, 05:25 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I don't want to spend $2K on a generator that'll only be used a few times a year, but I also want to be considerate of others noisewise, and have enough power to run my rig. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You might want to consider using the National Park Service (NPS) noise limit of 60 db at 50' from the source as a benchmark to guide you in your decision. NPS Noise Limits.

When comparing generator noise levels, you need to look at what distance the measurement is made. As a rule of thumb, the noise level drops 6 db every time the distance from the source is doubled.
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here's some info from my website on generator noise levels: http://www.klenger.net/arctic-fox/ge...ise/index.html
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I would caution you of buying a generator built in China, like the scooters everyone is selling; parts are not easily attainable. Also they are probably not ment to be run for long periods of time. Even the construction generators will need a rest. A good RV rated generator can run the entire time nonstop until you reach the # of hours you need to service the unit.
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.......Have you considered renting a generator for from a fellow RV'er?.....if you were in Cinci I'd loan you one of mine.....check out your fellow RV'ers maybe there is a stellar person who wants to pick up a few bucks in rental fees.....or maybe go in with others and get a used unite and pass it around......therea are alos rental centers who will rent by the week month.....geofkaye
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Kayerivercity,

We live in Norwood. I might take you up on your rental offer. I want to take the family males fishing and there is no juice there. E-mail me at dan@listermann.com

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