Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-27-2006, 04:28 PM   #1
New Member
2006 30' Classic
Sorrento , Florida
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3
Hi second silver

Hi Folks,
My wife and I just purchased our second Airstream camper. We moved from the 25 ft. Safari to a 30 ft Classic. Just retiring, we're ready to travel!
I need some advice. What do you seasoned campers do for electricity at road stops for air conditioning? Your advice is greatly appreciate.

Best regards,

Mason01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2006, 04:41 PM   #2
Rivet Master
Alumaholic's Avatar
2007 30' Classic
Albuquerque , New Mexico
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,750
Images: 33
Originally Posted by Mason01
Hi Folks,
What do you seasoned campers do for electricity at road stops for air conditioning?
Best regards,
Not sure I understand your question, Carl, so I'll just give you the obvious answer. You stay at RV parks that have 30 amp 120 volt hook ups. Or, you carry a generator. There are some very good threads on this forum that describe the best generators for your needs.

Ken L
2007 Classic Limited 30 (Sold)
2007Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Duramax/Allison
Four Corners Unit WBCCI #8654, Affiliate NM Unit
Alumaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2006, 05:03 PM   #3
Rivet Master
ZoominC6's Avatar
2004 30' Classic Slideout
College Town USA , Virginia
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,500
Hey there Carl. Congrats on the Classic! We love ours.
If by 'Road Stops' you mean Interstate highway rest stops, we don't ever use them for security reasons. It sounds like you like spots that may not have electricity such as national forests etc. or even a church parking lot, Cracker Barrel restaurant, Walmart parking lot etc. (after asking permission of course). We tow with a pickup truck and can fire up our generator in the back of the truck for an overnighter in a place like that. Watch the prevailing winds so as to have the genset downwind for obvious reasons of sound and exhaust fumes. There are many great spots to camp with minimal charges such as state and national parks. Florida has some of the best state parks that we've camped in so far. I've even seen mention of county parks on this forum and there are threads you might look for in that regard.
Happy trails.
In dog years, I'm dead!
ZoominC6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2006, 07:25 AM   #4
Rivet Master
Chaplain Kent's Avatar
1994 30' Excella
Currently Looking...
Milwaukee , Wisconsin
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,889
Welcome to the forums. Carl, come North. I have two air conditioners in my motor home and have never had both running at the same time. Once in awhile we will turn on the front one to cool off the interior while we drive. Occasionally I do run the back AC just to exercise it. We always choose a shady camp site and just run a fan. Night time we open the windows and listen the the outdoors. In the wintertime it is even easier to keep cool.
Chaplain Kent
1994 30' Excella 1000, Chummy III- Ford Excursion- 7.3 Turbo-diesel
Chaplain Kent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 09:32 AM   #5
New Member
2006 30' Classic
Sorrento , Florida
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3
Thanks folks!
For those that use a portable generator, what brand and type do you like?

thanks a bunch,
Mason01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 01:28 PM   #6
Rivet Master
Condoluminum's Avatar
1988 25' Excella
Sunnyvale , California
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,857
Images: 13
Send a message via AIM to Condoluminum
Big ones...


As a new member, I get to advise you of the duties and privileges of the "Search" tab on right side of blue bar above.. That is one of many benefits of joining here...

If you type in "generator" and Air conditioner and honda or yamaha or some other brands, you'll be linked to dozens of existing threads or messages from people expressing their feelings and knowledge of generators...

I'll try to give you condensed summary...

1. Only Honda or Yamaha type inverter models are quiet enough for most parks
2. You'll need at least 3000 watts of power, maybe more. That means either a pair of Honda Eu2000's in parallel, or a big Eu3000 or more.
3. The big ones are too heavy to easily load into tow vehicle and back, unless you can run in pickup bed or have clever ramps and wheels...
4. It is possible to convert generator from gasoline to propane, and hard mount on the trailer tongue, but it requires talent and skill and effort.
5. The contractor models like Coleman you'd buy at Home Depot or Lowes are cheaper, but really noisy and vibrate.
6. The yellow "Chinese copy" (literally) of Honda generators are cheaper, and may be reliable, but not a lot of data yet.
7. Using old bad gas in a generator will cause problems.
8. Running A/C on fewer watts than required can and will damage compressor even though it might seem to work for a short time. Long term cost is substantial...

That about sums it up...

John McG


In Theory, there's no difference between Theory and Practice, but in Practice, there is usually a difference...
Condoluminum is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Silver Streak vs. Airstream JimGolden Vintage Kin 27 08-25-2009 05:09 AM
The Saga of the Silver Belle - Conclusion winner Our Community 12 03-24-2003 08:59 PM
Silver Trim ALANSD Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 7 03-24-2003 10:17 AM
International Tow Vehicle Hubba Our Community 18 10-30-2002 11:56 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:41 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.