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Old 02-13-2007, 07:37 PM   #15
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I guess a rule of thumb is not to buy any generator too heavy that the wife can't get out of the truck bed, nor too light that she could heave at you.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:40 PM   #16
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I guess a rule of thumb is not to buy any generator too heavy that the wife can't get out of the truck bed, nor too light that she could heave at you.
Good Point!!
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:01 PM   #17
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Being in charge of our shows fleet I know a few things about generators since thatís where we get our power three 350 KVW Caterpillar units, between moves I personally donít own a generator Most here use one EU 2000 Honda will run everything but the A/C and its quite . As for the battery you can upgrade to a 27 group easy enough I squeezed a 31 group in my old trailer and last year in Boston I ran my furnace for 10 hours one cold night no problem you want to look for amp hour or cold cranking amp rating on the battery ,better manufactures are higher a good 27 group will be around 700 cca a 31 group around 1000 cca I would also recommend changing the battery every 3 to 5 years depending on how much you discharge it . If I were to buy a generator it would probably be a small EU 1000 to keep the batteries charged and the TV on. good luck
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:49 PM   #18
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I have a Kipor 3000 which is a copy of the Honda. It will barely run the AC on my Safari. It is also heavy! If I had it to do again, it would be 2 of the 2000i units.

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Old 02-13-2007, 10:09 PM   #19
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For what it's worth...I just ordered a Honda eu20001 w/hourmeter. I plan to order another one w/parrallel kit when it gets warmer. It's the only way to go.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:22 PM   #20
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Used two this summer boondocking 4th of July weekend. Ran one on propane and the other on gasoline. Nice not to refuel the propane unit, as I had it hooked to a 140 lb tank in my truck bed!
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Old 02-13-2007, 11:07 PM   #21
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Is anyone using a 3000? Or are 2 2000's really the way to go.

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We went with Yamaha EF3000iSE/B, rated at 3000 watts/25 Amps and with the boost function (Thats what the "B" stands for in the number ID) it puts out close to 3500 watts. It is heavy at 151.8 lbs, but does come with wheels. It is very quiet and some say it is the quietest of all of the Inverter gens on the market. It runs a 15000 btu A/c without a skip and everything else at the same time except the convection/micro if the A/C is in the start up mode.

If portability is important, meaning you have to take it out of the TV, get 2 Honda 2000s. We keep our 3000 in the bed of the truck and simply plug it into the 30Amp circuit on the AS with our factory supplied cable. We like the long run time (3.5 gallons gets us in excess of 10 hours and sometimes as much as 18 hours) and the electric start that allows remote start/stop. The weight does have one advantage, not too many loosers will be "walking off" with the generator without a lot of work.

The extra wattage and the blue color is why we took the Yamaha over the Honda, so there is always some emotion in the decision.
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:06 AM   #22
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In Winter I use a Honda 1000 to top off the batteries. Light and quiet.
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Old 02-14-2007, 06:38 AM   #23
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Buy 2 items:

1) Honda EU-1000 generator

2) Book: Managing 12 Volts
Managing 12 Volts - Camping World

Smart 12V power management is essential while boondocking. Make the most from your charge.
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Old 02-14-2007, 06:59 AM   #24
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Buy 2 items:

1) Honda EU-1000 generator

2) Book: Managing 12 Volts
Managing 12 Volts - Camping World

Smart 12V power management is essential while boondocking. Make the most from your charge.
Seems like an excellent suggestion! While I am not doing boondocking yet, I am learning that a change from day-to-day house living is needed: you do not need video games and TVs every hour of the evening.

Spare the battery for essential items, such as light when needed, and furnace power if needed. Or refrigerator if that is on battery.

At least that's my impression. I do have a heavy generator myself in prep for off-line use, but it will probably be mounted in the back of the truck.
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Congrats. You will like the Honda.
I made my own parelleling kit for about $50 using high end stuff. If you are electricly inclined look at the wiring digram for the generator that will tell you all you need to know.
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I have a Honda EU-2000. It will run the AC unit if that is the only 110V draw - just barely. I did it for most of last summer in Phoenix without any problems with the AC unit.

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Old 02-14-2007, 09:10 AM   #27
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Another advantage of the E2000i is it has a port to plug in to charge your trailer battery.
Sooo, two E2000i's one parallel kit, and one battery charging adapter. I have run our 2000 for several hours on a tank of gas, and that was at nearly full load, so it is still easy on gas. A log chain (big chain) locked through the handles, and tongue of the trailer, will help keep all but the most determined would-be "borrowers" from helping them walk off. The generators weigh around 60 pounds or so each.
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Old 02-14-2007, 04:25 PM   #28
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Buy 2 items:

1) Honda EU-1000 generator

2) Book: Managing 12 Volts
Managing 12 Volts - Camping World

Smart 12V power management is essential while boondocking. Make the most from your charge.
The book MAY be a good purchase but before you buy, check out this site. He has a very extensive article on various 12 volt issues.

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)

If that doesn't answer your questions, spring for the book.
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