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Old 07-29-2016, 12:51 PM   #15
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You will need two 2K gennies to run the air. Park in the shade, set the fantastic fans to exhaust while you're out. When you return, you will find that the ducted air works well at making it "feel" cool pretty fast, if you feel it's worth it to drag out the equipment. If you have a pickup, you could just leave them in the bed, connect the power cord and fire them up. But as others say, I would not leave the gennies outside while not in a campground even if they are locked down.
Good point about leaving outside unattended....Ranger in Glacier told us of a "crew" that was going around early in the morning around 4am; one guy had a flashlight and a walkie-talkie, like he was checking campsites for violations. He was really noting the location of sites with generators unsecured. They would note the campsite number with the generator unsecured, call friends following not far behind in a PU who would pull up and snatch the generator and off they would go. Good to have your generator secured or better yet; in the truck locked when not in use.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:53 PM   #16
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Question 2: Our travels will involve frequent stops town to town for shopping/dining and the like. As we pull over, fire up the gens (for 1-unit only) and go shop for awhile, how long to pleasant cool off of the coach before we could expect to return to have lunch (we are in the hot and humid North Texas area) ?
I have twin air conditioners in my 2010.

I figure an hour to cool down an unoccupied trailer with one, several hours with both, on a hot day in the sun. With people going in and out the door or any sort of cooking it takes longer.

Like others have indicated upthread we tend to run the fantastic fan and open a window or two in the situation you describe.

I don't have generators, so I can't comment on the other aspect of your question.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:51 PM   #17
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Good to have your generator secured or better yet; in the truck locked when not in use.
Yep. If our generator is running, we're out where we can see it. If it's not running, it is locked up in the truck under something that hides the fact that we even own one.

My brother once told me of an interesting scam - if you're inside while the generator is running (even better if it's at night when you might be asleep), the thief shows up with a cheap beater lawn mower, starts it up, shuts down your generator and then takes off with it, leaving the beater lawn mower behind. Apparently the continued noise lulls people into a false sense of security and helps the baddies get away clean.
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Old 07-30-2016, 09:29 AM   #18
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Why not leaving gen unattended

In a recent post about generators it was almost universal that no one would leave their generator unattended due to the theft and for some other reason. Other than theft what is the other reason for not leaving a gen unattended
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In a recent post about generators it was almost universal that no one would leave their generator unattended due to the theft and for some other reason. Other than theft what is the other reason for not leaving a gen unattended
Maybe, if it's not running....none.

If it's running & plugged into the AS and a breaker fails the wiring poof's, the converter shorts or........

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Old 07-30-2016, 09:43 PM   #20
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Generators aren't silent. In a well populated area like most campgrounds it seems impolite to leave it running.
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Another issue: Generators are temperamental. If you want to have generator(s) running, presumably it's for a reason. If you are not there and there is an issue with fuel, breakers, etc then you risk coming back to find something other than what you expected. For example, if you were running two generators (for AC perhaps) and one died while you were away you would find whatever the consequences of low voltage form too much load on too little generator.

Many of those consequences can be anticipated and managed (e.g.: with surge suppressors, remote monitoring alarms, etc.). It's up to you to determine whether the benefits to your trip of leaving generators running unattended are worth the risks. It seems that the consensus here among respondents is "No".
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I am waiting on a 2017 28' International Serenity. In my our younger days we gained lots of experience camping in tents and in pop-up tent campers. We love the outdoors and look like the Grizwalds (Chevy Chase) going on vacation with our bikes, canoe and pop-up in tow. Fast forward 17 years and now we are ready to start our 2nd series of adventures with the outdoors and all the wonderful things to see across the US and Canada. We are older and wiser and used to more comfort and can afford them so I haven't scrimped on our AS. I put the 160Watt solar package on it and purchased the GenConnexDirect Honda EU2000i and EU2000i Companion propane converted generators. They arrived promptly, with all the hoses, engine oil, funnel and cables to connect them together. The conversion is very clean and slick. Simple to connect to the propane (no messy gasoline) very clean. Both were connected to individual tanks and started on the third pull. After the initial run, they started on the 2nd pull. I then ran them on a single tank - no issues. They can be connected to the trailer as well on the LP port which the 2017 trailers have. To test them under a load, I connected my air compressor and a hair dryer. No hesitation and the compressor motor ran just fine. I have had a Honda EU6000i for several years to power my home when we lose power so I am familiar with them and find them to be extremely reliable, efficient and very quiet. You can stand next to the EU2000i and have a normal conversation when they are running.
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How common is generator theft? I know there are people who can't seem to leave other people's property alone, but seems like there are a lot of people warning against it. It's always good to take precautions, but I am curious how many on here have lost a generator.
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Theft in campgrounds is very rare, tho it does happen.

Many would say, and I agree with this, that thieves are not your fellow campers but folks who might come in from the outside.

Use reasonable precautions, but don't assume every neighbor wants your stuff, because they don't.


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We were in attendance on a rally in well populated state park. We were all parked in a separate dry loop with 24 rigs. A thief drove into the loop at approx 0200 hours and stole a generator sitting next to an Airstream.

Ranger advised several generators were stolen that night throughout the park and a camper in another loop saw a van driving around at that time.

Things happen.
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Good point about leaving outside unattended....Ranger in Glacier told us of a "crew" that was going around early in the morning around 4am; one guy had a flashlight and a walkie-talkie, like he was checking campsites for violations. He was really noting the location of sites with generators unsecured. They would note the campsite number with the generator unsecured, call friends following not far behind in a PU who would pull up and snatch the generator and off they would go. Good to have your generator secured or better yet; in the truck locked when not in use.
Just used the Champion 2000W unit I bought recently, for 4 days up in Glacier. Started first pull each time, was very quiet and for us, miserly on gas, and did a great job. Ran electric coffee, water heater, fridge, and charged several items. I went next door to couple who had the Honda 2000W and seemed same noise level...pretty quiet for both units. For the money, I am happy and will likely get a second unit so I can run the AC when we leave for TX end of this month.

By the way, Ranger told us there hadn't been any generator reported thefts in past month at that site (Apgar, West Glacier) ...I still put my unit away at night in bed of p/u (it's fairly light weight) and had it fastened with hardened cable lock during day while using, just to be safe.
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