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Old 01-25-2015, 09:13 PM   #99
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We bought the same generator to top off the batteries on our 27 International FB and it works great and it is quiet. We live in a very quiet area and when I'm charging the batteries I can't hear the generator if I am 50' away. However, I do want to install solar panels on the trailer to minimize the generator usage. Any suggestions on solar panel brands/kits etc is much appreciated.

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Old 01-30-2015, 12:44 PM   #100
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Some here on the forums are using portable solar, e.g. Zamp. I just plan to use the 12v system for lights, water pump and some phone/camera battery charging so no heavy inverter use so a portable panel system is what I'm looking at purchasing soon. Park the trailer under the trees and put the panel in the sun. Others go with roof mounted panels, inverter/chargers, 4 batteries. It just depends on what you want to do electrically.

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Old 03-01-2015, 12:55 PM   #101
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We bought the same generator to top off the batteries on our 27 International FB and it works great and it is quiet. We live in a very quiet area and when I'm charging the batteries I can't hear the generator if I am 50' away. However, I do want to install solar panels on the trailer to minimize the generator usage. Any suggestions on solar panel brands/kits etc is much appreciated.



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Old 03-01-2015, 02:10 PM   #102
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Yep. Dittos on AM Solar. We have one of their older single panel setups, keeps my batteries well charged and the controller has a battery temperature sensor as well.

Had an issue where the temperature sensor cable vibrated out of the battery box and got dragged a few hundred miles ( my bad) and vanished. One phone call got a replacement sensor and all the parts to repair it. There are a lot more Ty-wraps holding the cable in place now. ☺️ Note that this is an obsolete controller and they still support it. Great folks.

Install a system yourself, or get Lewster to do it. Either way it's great.


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Old 03-01-2015, 05:00 PM   #103
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I just saw your post. Here is a link to a forum with detailed pictures of the generator including one showing the actual Yamaha engine. That is an excellent buy. According to an owner, he says it is good for up to 1620 watts then goes into limp mode. Another point to research is the SINE output-how clean the power is. (yes/no).

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:33 AM   #104
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If a 3db rise equates to twice the noise, what is happening to the db level with (2) gens running in parallel ?

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Old 03-29-2015, 07:45 AM   #105
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If a 3db rise equates to twice the noise, what is happening to the db level with (2) gens running in parallel ?

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Good question, same as turning off one speaker on your stereo.
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:47 PM   #106
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Any update on the Smarter Tools generator from anyone?
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:19 PM   #107
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The only info I have is that the generator was no longer stocked at my local Costco...
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The only info I have is that the generator was no longer stocked at my local Costco...
They still stock it online, and say that it "may be available at your local warehouse at a cash and carry price." The store I generally go to had them in stock for a LONG time (the never seemed to sell many), and I was hoping they'd drop the price when the 2nd-gen version (parallel-capable) came out, but they never did and I think they may have ended up transferring them out to another store. The store north of the city burned through their first set pretty well, but I don't go there often and don't know if they still carry it or not.

I'm still interested but there are way more things to spend money on at the moment, and my 3k Yamaha keep humming along when I need it to...
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