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Old 04-20-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Generators?

I may want to do some Boondocking. I own a 2002 Airstream Safari. What would be a recommendation for a generator big enough to run the AC? Brands, size, price? We pull the trailer with a pickup would loading it be a problem how do you guys deal with the whole generator issues?
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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The conventional wisdom is to get a pair of 2000 watt inverter generators from either Yamaha or Honda and use the parallel cable available as an option to connect them together. That way each of the two will be small and light enough to handle.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Click "Search" on menu bar. Then, enter "Honda Yamaha", and select "Show posts".

Lots of info on generators, not just these brands.

Note: We have two Honda 2000's (the 2000i and 2000 Companion, mentioned above), for the reason noted (i.e., easier to lift, one at a time).
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:06 PM   #4
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Yep, hard to go wrong with these. I have one Honda EU2000i that will do everything BUT air conditioning. Eventually I will get a second one and parallel them together. Maybe....I'm getting ready to buy three Fantastic Vents to replace the worn out originals in my '87 and so if those will do the trick, then I might just get by on one.

Honda does have a new lighter weight 3000 watt inverter generator that might work well for you. The EU3000i weighs about 165 pounds and would be a handful. I think the new one (I believe it's called a "Companion") weighs about 80lbs. The EU2000i is 46 pounds, so a pair of those with a parallel cable does make a lot of sense.

I was in your boat a couple years ago. I read dozens of threads on here and agonized for a couple months. Basically, if you get a Honda or a Yamaha you can't go wrong. With those two it's down to a Ford/Chevy kind of thing. I went with Team Red because they seem to have a few more service centers, but primarily because my local bike dealer sells Honda. Either of those two are excellent. I can't speak for any other brand; you may find one that's just as good at half the price.

All I can say is that I've been very happy with my little Honda 2000 genny.

Best of luck!
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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I recently purchased the hondas. I have used them in parallel when I run the AC and separate for the TV and other small appliances. Because I run them so infrequently I do my best to only put regular gas in them and not the 10% ethanol. They are not that heavy as I lift them in out of my SUV. Hope this helps in your quest.

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Old 04-21-2012, 08:17 AM   #6
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Thanks so much for the advice will get busy making the purchase for the Hondas.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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Go with caution if you elect an off brand. The 2 mentioned above are well tried and tested and give super service. There have been some postings regarding off brands ( ie. try China) that do not have the longevity you will see with the H's and Y's. Yes they cost more but will give you the service and hold value should you go to sell them down the road. Good luck
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Jim, the Honda 3000 lightweight is called a 3000 Handi.
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Red & Blue for us too...

Had a Yami 1000 with our 63 Safari and now have a Honda 2000i.
Both were/are great units, well worth the investment.

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:46 PM   #10
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Dealing with the same battle myself... going to be dry camping tonight for the first time,, and for free.. The state parks in Kansas are totally out of line,, car permits,,, trailer permits,, camping permits,, and then if you want water and power its another $20.. Then to slap a fellow in the face,, you have to be loaded up and off the ground at 2pm... I know they did that just to try and ding another $40 bill to enjoy the rest of the day...

My wife is not real hip on the idea of dry camping,, ,,but does not understand that we have 50 gallons of fresh water,, pump,, and all the lights we need.. I converted all the old glass bulbs high amp lights over to LED;s.. I think a flash light battery would run all the lights in our camper for a full night.. I found our little DC to AC inverter so the DVD player and tv will work,, so I cant see what we will be shy of..



But I'm looking more for a 8,000 to 10,000 watt unit that could handle 2 trailers at once.. Our son in law who farms with us has a SOB 5th wheel and 4 kids.. When summer gets here the AC is a must as we see 96f to 105f about every weekend..

Problem is,, once one gets away from the little 2000,, 3000 watt units the noise level goes off the scale.. Been searching for a larger unit that can run under 60 db level and have not found anything yet.. One would think,, if they went with a 1800 rpm 4 pole gen head it would help a lot to cancel out that lawn mower clatter.. Only the high end RV motor home units run 1800 rpms.. and are very pricey..

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:57 PM   #11
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My experience with my Yamaha 3000si running the same size AC that you have in your Airstream is great. My friends with the paired 2000 have a fuel capacity problem and both running together are noisey. I can run all night on economy mode on a tank of fuel. The drawback to either the Honda or Yamaha 3000 watt size is the weight. Most people with a pickup can keep them in the bed of the truck. I drive a van and I built a lift that plugs into my hitch receiver that works very well to move it in and out. I do not dry camp much but when I do it may be for several days or weeks. I did have some trouble getting the heat pump to kick over when in some parts of Yellowstone. Altitude makes a difference on the power output.
I chose the Yamaha because it had wheels. I think Honda has an optional wheel package.
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I have a 99 safari.I have a Yamaha .It's a 3000 I believe.It runds the AC just fine.Plus very quiet,I've had people stop and look at it because it runs so quiet.Very dependable unit.Highly recommend it. DR J
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Kansas State Parks and Intolerance...

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Dealing with the same battle myself... going to be dry camping tonight for the first time,, and for free.. The state parks in Kansas are totally out of line,, car permits,,, trailer permits,, camping permits,, and then if you want water and power its another $20.. Then to slap a fellow in the face,, you have to be loaded up and off the ground at 2pm... I know they did that just to try and ding another $40 bill to enjoy the rest of the day...
Not to hi-jack this thread, but Sodbust hit a nerve. I've had my run-in with Kansas State Parks and Rec. I won't be going back to a state run park there, for sure. An open beer outside of the 'camping' area will run upwards of $120.00, no warning offered, ha-ha. They love their fees. My fault, learned and moved on. There is a nice Federal camp ground on at Lake Wilson (I-70 near Russell), but other than that, go to a private camp ground, or boondock, or drive on.

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Depending upon your AC unit, it may run on a Yamaha 2400 - mine does, but mine's an 11k AC. Bought mine with propane conversion from US Carburetion, and it runs on propane just fine and does o.k. with the AC. I don't think a 2400 watt gennie will run a 15k AC, and I am unsure about a 13.5k unit.

But with new solar panels and a 3-battery bank, I don't take the generator along any more: I fiind that a Fantastic Vent and a Fantastic Fan keep me pretty comfortable up to about 95+, and it's seldom that hot at night for sleeping where I go ... so the Yamaha sits in the garage now.
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