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Old 10-29-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Generators?

Just bought a "new" (to me) 1-owner '93 Dutchmen Class C motorhome. It's got everything I want EXCEPT a generator.

What do y'all recommend? I'm thinking a Honda generator -- something I could use in the house, in the event of a power outage (we get those funny-looking spinning clouds around here in Iowa pretty regularly!) -- but what size? Any other brand recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:59 AM   #2
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The Honda 2000 could do the trick and if you need more power on occasion you can join two of them together.
The new 3000is is neat. It is light, quiet, has wheels and a handle and of course delivers more amps than a single 2000.
That would be my choice.
Now you will hear all the Champion cheap advice.
For my money I would buy a Honda.
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The only ting to worry about is that you better be careful where the exhaust goes if you are planning to ,ount it somehow in a bay.

The Honda generators are well known for being quiet and reliable.
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Recently another member was looking at the Honeywell inverting style generator which might be another option. Similiar to the Honda they make 1000 and 2000 watt inverting style units. You'd have to compare all the specs and perhaps look for feedback from someone who has one, but it might be a much cheaper alternative.

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Recently another member was looking at the Honeywell inverting style generator which might be another option. Similiar to the Honda they make 1000 and 2000 watt inverting style units. You'd have to compare all the specs and perhaps look for feedback from someone who has one, but it might be a much cheaper alternative.
Thanks for the advice. How big a generator would it take to power a standard Class C motorhome? How many watts does it take to power up a motorhome's airconditioner?
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You need to consider all the things in the motorhome and how much power each pulls. An airconditioner could typically pull 2000 watts by itself. Also where will you store it/them in transit and how will you connect it/them into your existing MH wiring when you get there? And if you plan to use it at home, there are laws that control any "permanent" connections into home wiring that could be a danger to service people working on the lines or adjacent residences. Of course if you just want to plug your home refrigerator into one temporarily, an appropriate extension cord would work. In either use, be sure to consider exhaust, a potentially real killer.
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How big a generator would it take to power a standard Class C motorhome? How many watts does it take to power up a motorhome's airconditioner?
As Retired and Happy says, a 2000 watt generator would probably only run your air conditioner, and the total the amount of power you need depends on what you want to run.

Your Class C probably has only one air conditioner and it probably has a 30 amp power cord. To put things into perspective, if you were plugged into 30 amp shore power, your motorhome would be getting a total of about 3600 watts of power (30 amps X 120 volts = 3600 watts).
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You need to consider all the things in the motorhome and how much power each pulls. An airconditioner could typically pull 2000 watts by itself. Also where will you store it/them in transit and how will you connect it/them into your existing MH wiring when you get there? And if you plan to use it at home, there are laws that control any "permanent" connections into home wiring that could be a danger to service people working on the lines or adjacent residences. Of course if you just want to plug your home refrigerator into one temporarily, an appropriate extension cord would work. In either use, be sure to consider exhaust, a potentially real killer.
To connect a generator to the motorhome, do I not simply use the same plug that is used to plug into a campground outlet? Are there other alternatives?
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A friend uses a Honda 2000 for his electrical needs. It WILL NOT power up his air conditioner (coleman 13.5). Another camping buddy uses a Yamaha 2400 and it WILL power up his AC but he had to add a start capacitor in order for it to do so. Yet another camping buddy uses the Honda 3000 and has no power concerns whatsoever. His only problem was he has to run it from the bed of his pick-up truck....darn thing is sooo heavy.
All of these units have the 30 amp RV plug built in to them.
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30 amp rig, either a pair of honda 2000's with parallel cables or a honda 3000, 50 amp rig, a pair or either 2000's or 3000s

Also an option (for th e50 amp) is a pair of Yahama 2400I's About 1db less noise. slightly better bearings. But no parallel kit

So if you go that route (2 yahama's) on a 50 amp rig, get one of the "Cheater boxes" that lets you plug a 50 amp rig into two 30 amp outlets.. now some folks may yammer on about current in the common wire (Which can get a bit excessive with this hook up it's true) but,, fact is a pair of Yahama 2400's won't overload a 50 amp common wire... even the larger 3600 won't overload that wire to the point of serious.
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IMO

NOTHING beats a HONDA for value, reliability, service, and resale....

get as big as you can afford...
If you have some "compartment" or basement space, they make an AMAZING RV unit

Honda Power Equipment - EV4010



I had one of these and after 3 years of use , sold it for 95% of new cost...
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A friend uses a Honda 2000 for his electrical needs. It WILL NOT power up his air conditioner (coleman 13.5). Another camping buddy uses a Yamaha 2400 and it WILL power up his AC but he had to add a start capacitor in order for it to do so. Yet another camping buddy uses the Honda 3000 and has no power concerns whatsoever. His only problem was he has to run it from the bed of his pick-up truck....darn thing is sooo heavy.
All of these units have the 30 amp RV plug built in to them.
The new Honda Eu3000i Handi is a lot lighter at 78 lbs and has wheels and a new handle. It is pull start and will run 7.5 hrs rather than 20 hrs on the Eu3000is. Take a look on the Honda site. It sells for $1500
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I like Honda generators too but the EV4010 (suggested by mythplaced) is a large unit that will not fit in many RV storage compartments. I considered this model as a possible replacement for an Onan Marquis Gold 5500 but found that the dimensions of the EV4010 were not compatible. As suggested by many members, the Honda 2000 or 3000 would be an excellent choice and it would offer greater portability than a built-in unit.

If you really need to run that roof top AC, go with a 3000 watt model. RV air conditioners can draw as many as 20 amps when they first start up. They will typically level off to 12 amps (or less) once they're running but the initial surge would challenge the capabilities of any 2000 watt generator.

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10 inches shorter than the 4010



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