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Old 06-05-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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emergency generator help

So ive got an opportunity to buy a 800w genny dirt cheap. Now, its a loud one so im NOT talking about campground use but, with the storms lately and my house losing power I want something for my mh. I cant sleep in heat. At all. Im a young guy and heat irritates me. Haha so would 800w be enough to power just the ac or ac and a couple lights? No pumps or tv. Nothing like that.
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800W would be about 6.5 amps.
A small A/C 11,000 BTU/hr would take 12.6 Amps running and 61.8 Amps starting or locked rotor.

So I would say NO it will not work for you.
You would need about a 2,400W generator.
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You don't say what kind of RV you have, but my alternator puts out more than 800 watts. Figure 14 volts X 100 amps = 1400 watts. I'd leave that noisy generator alone.
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I agree with Bill. You'll need a generator rated for about 2400 continuous (not starting) watts. As most are rated by starting watts, you're looking at 3000-4000 watts total if rated by starting capacity.
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Alright. No genny for me
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:48 PM   #6
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Genny - sure.. just not that one... We have a spare for the RV and house. Doesn't have to cost more than a few hundred (if you don't mind the noise).
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