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Old 10-10-2016, 04:18 PM   #1
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Generator for Bambi 16' A/C only

Hello everyone,

I am getting very close to purchasing my Bambi but I have been having a tough time understanding the whole "generator for A/C" power thing. Reading through the Electrical posts is a bit overwhelming.

The Bambi has a 11,000 A/C. What is the smallest generator I can carry and run the A/C (I live in AZ and they only time I would use it is specifically for the A/C as I am not a power hog otherwise).

My preference is Propane, but do any generators come propane from the manufacturer?

Thanks in advance everyone,

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Old 10-10-2016, 05:28 PM   #2
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I would get one of the new champion dual fuel generators. No external conversion, and the ability to switch back to gas if necessary. I think you'd probably need the 2800/3100 watt model.

I was not able to consistently run my 2015 16' air conditioner with one 2000 watt generator, so I think anything in that range is a gamble. I rarely use the ac, but will be buying a second 2000 watt just in case. The single unit is more weight to move around, but might make sense depending on your usage.

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Old 10-10-2016, 06:09 PM   #3
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Looks awesome and would be perfect except for the 113lb weight would be so hard to lift in and out of the trailer. I have been thinking of the Honda, but to carry around 2 generators on the off chance it is hot just seems painful.

Do you use gas in yours or have you switched it over to propane?
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Old 10-10-2016, 06:13 PM   #4
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Yamaha 2400 will run your AC
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Old 10-10-2016, 06:25 PM   #5
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Ditto the Yamaha 2400. Runs my 13.5 coleman, can even start it during extreme southern temperatures.
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Is it possible to get the Yamaha 2400 with propane?
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:47 PM   #7
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Yamaha2400 is a good choice

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Is it possible to get the Yamaha 2400 with propane?
The Yamaha 2400 is a good choice, BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT IT ON PTOPAE ?????

Those puppies sip gas and will run for many hours on a tank full of gas.
Gas is readily available in most areas.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:50 PM   #8
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Is it possible to get the Yamaha 2400 with propane?
Yes, it is. Get it from USCarb. They are an authorized Yamaha dealer and sell Yamaha tri-fuel modified generators that are certified by them and covered under the Yamaha 3 year warranty. I have one and use it on propane most of the time. Your hardware for the outside barbecue will get you hooked up. You may need an adapter on the generator side, but the hose and connector from airstream will connect to the bbq hookup. Propane runs cleaner and much longer. Be sure to follow instructions you get from USCarb.
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The Yamaha 2400 is a good choice, BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT IT ON PTOPAE ?????

Those puppies sip gas and will run for many hours on a tank full of gas.
Gas is readily available in most areas.
No comparison. The gas tank is very small, whereas your propane hookup is to your AS tanks. Several days of propane supply. Gas is dirty and very smelly, and very combustible. I doubt you will make it through one entire night without emptying that small gas tank. No fun waking up in the middle of the night freezing. I have used mine both ways. Now, I only use propane.
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My 2000 watt inverter gen will run the A/C, but just barely. On hot days in full sun, the gen engine screams at wide open throttle to keep the A/C output up. If the only thing you will use the gen for is A/C, I would also choose the Yamaha 2400. Paying for a dual fuel gen seems like a ridiculous expense if you only intend to use it infrequently.
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My 2000 watt inverter gen will run the A/C, but just barely. On hot days in full sun, the gen engine screams at wide open throttle to keep the A/C output up. If the only thing you will use the gen for is A/C, I would also choose the Yamaha 2400. Paying for a dual fuel gen seems like a ridiculous expense if you only intend to use it infrequently.
No, the opposite is true. I have been using one for a few years now. If you are only using it for A/C, having to carry extra gas is what is ridiculous. Yes, they are pricey, but worth it. The unit weighs about 70 lbs. Only a couple pounds is from the propane adaption. Had I bought the gas version, I would have wasted most of the money. I have never regretted spending the extra, for the convenience. Propane is so much more convenient. I've used it with gas in the past, and I have used gas only generators. Now, I NEVER use gas for the generator.
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We have two Honda 2000s ... gasoline. Gas vs Propane? Much of the choice is preference, but there are a few advantages to each.

Propane:
(1) Easier for longer runs (without having to do a special as tank et-up).
(2) You don't have to worry about gas in the tank and carburetor varnishing (going bad) and gumming up the works during extended non-use ...
(3) Hauling gas is an issue and inconvenience for some folks, especially if you are using an SUV and don't want gas inside. You will have propane on board anyway..so it's available.

Gasoline:
(1) No conversion necessary (nix this if it comes ready for propane)
(2) We like having extra gas with us ... what we don't use goes in the truck for the trip home. And it's nice to know you have a bit extra when you aren't sure of gas availability on certain legs of a trip.
(3) While propane is generally not that hard to find, gas is easier to find.
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No comparison. The gas tank is very small, whereas your propane hookup is to your AS tanks. Several days of propane supply. Gas is dirty and very smelly, and very combustible. I doubt you will make it through one entire night without emptying that small gas tank. No fun waking up in the middle of the night freezing. I have used mine both ways. Now, I only use propane.
What Rich Said... Of course, I also will tow with an SUV (carrying Gas in my car is not something I EVER want to do) and I sure don't want gas in the Airstream either.
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We have two Honda 2000s ... gasoline. Gas vs Propane? Much of the choice is preference, but there are a few advantages to each.

Propane:
(1) Easier for longer runs (without having to do a special as tank et-up).
(2) You don't have to worry about gas in the tank and carburetor varnishing (going bad) and gumming up the works during extended non-use ...
(3) Hauling gas is an issue and inconvenience for some folks, especially if you are using an SUV and don't want gas inside. You will have propane on board anyway..so it's available.

Gasoline:
(1) No conversion necessary (nix this if it comes ready for propane)
(2) We like having extra gas with us ... what we don't use goes in the truck for the trip home. And it's nice to know you have a bit extra when you aren't sure of gas availability on certain legs of a trip.
(3) While propane is generally not that hard to find, gas is easier to find.
Thanks TBRich... Maybe I should mention that my SUV is a Porsche Macan. My poor car is very spoiled and only uses Chevron or Texaco Super Premium. Not what I would use to run a generator :-)

For me carrying gas is the deal breaker on a generator. While I understand how important it is to have A/C in the middle of the desert, this is the only reason why I would run my A/C as the temperatures can be killer.
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