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Old 03-16-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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How many pack a small generator in addition to the motorhome genset

Was wondering if you got some use for, say charging batteries or general use without using the larger generator in the motorhome.
Something like a honda eu2000/
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The on-board generator is a 7KW which at today's fuel prices costs about $4 per hour to run. I carry a smaller Honda 2KW inverter type which will run all night for that amount and keeps everything charged up fine. I use the big generator only when a large amount of power is needed. I have considered going to an even smaller Honda 1KW model to save still more fuel. Most of the power used is for watching TV, lights.
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We bring a Yamaha 2400i with us. We just leave it in our quad trailer and let it run if we have to spend any extended time inside the RV....like a long rainy day/night with the TV on and furnace going.
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Question GEN - extra one

Question: For what do you need the extra Gen running all night?

I have a 4.5 in our MH and it does all we need. I would like to have a compressor with us, since our Gasser does not have one built-in.

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I was trying to figure out if I should buy one. The old coach had a 4k , the new coach has a 5k.
I like to boondock and go to national forests or parks. Sometimes boondocking in forests I am thinking:
a quiet generator would allow me to charge up the golf cart batteries every few days.


it will be quieter and won't disturb the peace as much esp in a forest.

I can carry the honda easily in a basement storage compartment.

if there is a power outage I can use the honda for cleaner power for my computer and run a cord through the window.

The honda should be quite a bit quieter than the onan am I correct? Lots of people use them at the dog shows but I can never really get an idea how quiet they are as there are also loads of cheap units going at the shows.
Not that I need it at a show as I am near the tents usually and do all grooming at the rv.

I believe the honda is just under what is needed to run a 13500 btu ac. I would need the yamaha for that at the 2400 and I don't want to go to a 3K. I have a 3k coleman at home to run the hot water heater and refrigerator in case of power failure.
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I believe the honda is just under what is needed to run a 13500 btu ac. I would need the yamaha for that at the 2400 and I don't want to go to a 3K. I have a 3k coleman at home to run the hot water heater and refrigerator in case of power failure.
The Honda 2K would be fine for battery charging and entertainment/computer loads. Too small for the A/C as you say, but IMO that's where the 5KW comes in best. I'm sure a local Honda Power Equipment dealer would be happy to demo a unit for you so you could check the sound level. Be sure to attach a load to it for a realistic test, since they get louder under load. A portable 1500 watt electric heater is great for this.

The Honda 1K would be overloaded by the battery charger/converter unless you have an Electrical Management System that allows you to limit it to 5 amps. (120 volt) maximum input.
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Question: For what do you need the extra Gen running all night?

I have a 4.5 in our MH and it does all we need. I would like to have a compressor with us, since our Gasser does not have one built-in.

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We leave it running because it only burns about a gallon in 8 or 10 hrs and we'd have to get all dressed and go out in the rain to shut it off. LOL. Laziness basically. Can't even hear that little thing when it's puttin' along outside....still hear the rain on the roof when sleeping. The point of having a little genny, is to not run the on-board genny....
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Specs on the honda say it puts out 8 amps of 12v.
Anyone use this for charging batteries? or just let the coach charger handle it.
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I measured the 12 volt outlet on my 2000i and it was about 18 volts.
It does a lousy job on filling batteries. It is unregulated, You will cook the battries if not watched.
I use a "real" charger on its mains.
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We just spent what to us was a small fortune on a MH that has a new generator. I'm sure not going out to buy another generator, to back up a new one.
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I do have a Honda 2000 that I use when we go to the beach once a month. I use it mainly to keep the noise down. I have plugged the MH into it to charge the batteries during the day although I think I would be better off plugging a stand alone battery charger into the Honda and charging the batteries directly.
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Been using a Honda 2000 for three years. Great for charging batteries(thru coach), TVs, etc. Have many more hours on it than the 7.5 coach genny. Run the Honda usually once or twice day for a couple of hours-would not leave home without it as we dry camp in excess of 100 days a year.
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I guess you would have to store the gas container in the basement? or in the tow car? To tap off the motorhome tank I would probably need an external fuel pump.
I was looking at the camo-green or the red now lol ... green would attract less attention I think for the times I use it at campgrounds-- sort of blend in. I know at the dog shows everyone has the hondas chained or cabled to tent posts, or their campers so they don't walk.

Sounds like it would be a good idea to get one then. I boon dock alot also and it would pay for itself in about two years of use.
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I ordered one for 879 in red. They wanted 1100 for the camo ... not in this lifetime!!! A can of plastic paint in green is 5 bucks if I want the darker color that badly.
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