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Old 03-17-2013, 07:31 AM   #1
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Generator or Inverter?

I just purchased or first motorhome and trying to get caught up with the difference the the old pop up tent with nothing in it. But anyway there it no generator in or on it so I was wondering what size I would need to operate properly (ac lights tv fridge and sometime heat).

Second was reading place that a Inverter was good to. But what generates and inverters are good and quite. I don't wanna be that guy make all the noise making people mad but when at site that has power I will use that.

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An inverter will make electricity from your batteries. When you batteries are depleted you need a generator to charge them. Get a small generator. Honda is about the best.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:50 AM   #3
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I have a Honda eu1000i but don't know it would be enough cause we used it before for lights and tv but never had ac
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I would go with what you have for this camping season. You may find better deals on the bigger generators later in the year.
You will find there is a lot of information on here about all brands of generators on this forum.
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If you are driving every couple of days, which should recharge your batteries, and you don't run the furnace & standard incandescent lights a lot, you shouldn't have a problem with all of the items you listed except the AC.

The refrigerator of a typical RV will run on propane, using very little 12V power. Lights & furnace are also 12V & will be your largest draw. You would only need a small inverter (300 - 500 watt) to run the TV, however if you want to run the microwave, a much larger one would be necessary along with a larger or multiple batteries.

To run the AC, you need a generator. Depending on the size of the AC, a 2000 watt might work, but a 3000 - 3500 watt is a safer bet. If you don't "plug in" at a campground pedestal or drive often enough to recharge your house batteries, a generator will also be necessary to keep them topped up.

To keep the noise down, look for an inverter generator. They vary the engine speed to match the load & are generally quieter than a less expensive construction type generator. Both the Yamaha & Honda 2000 watt generators are known for their quiet operation & durability, but there are many other less expensive inverter generators.

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