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Old 04-24-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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Generator Newbie Question

I have a new 19' International - first trailer experience. I want to get a portable generator. From what I've read (a lot and sometimes confusing!) the Yamaha 2400 seems the best for size/weight and the ability to run the factory installed AC if the rest of the load is light.

Some other threads/forums also suggest the Honda EU2000 can also run the AC.

A few quick questions (though as much help as can be offered is well appreciated!)

1. Can the Honda EU2000 (lightest/smallest of the choices) actually run the AC unit in a new 19' International?

2. If no, will the Yamaha 2400 do the trick?

3. Where do you typically store the generator & gas? I am towing it with a Jeep SUV.

4. If I buy either generator, what kind of cables/plugs/adapters do i need to be able to connect the genset to the Airstream? (any links to sources much appreciated)

I expect to be in places with electric hook-up about 60-65% of the time so the genset won't be used all the time but do want to the ability (at least on occasion and understanding it may the only think you can run when you start it up) to run the AC and a few lights/TV.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:19 PM   #2
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Yamaha 2400

Hi, I have a Yamaha 2400 generator and it will run my 11,000 BTU air conditioner, refrigerator, and converter. To use the micro-wave I have to turn off the air conditioner, if on. At 70 lbs, I can lift it and move it, but since it has two handles, my wife insists on helping me. [35 lbs each] I only wanted one generator to take care of my needs, but not too heavy like the 3,000 models weighing at or near 130 lbs. I am very happy with my choice.

By far the most popular set-up is two Honda 2000's paralleled. I have heard and read that one Honda 2000 can operate an RV air conditioner, but there are far too many who claim it's not true. Now Yamaha has a 2000 model that can be paralleled. I carry mine in my trailer and it gives off no fumes or gas smell. I use a 15 amp pig tail connected to my trailer 30 amp cord to connect to my generator.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:41 AM   #3
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My Yamaha 2400 in converted for LP. I typically keep its gasoline tank filled, as I've never had an odor problem with it. It gives me another option for running it, although I prefer to run it on LP. It stores nicely under the dinette table.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:03 AM   #4
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1) the EU200i runs the AC in our Safari just fine, but only the AC. We replaced half of the interior lights with LED's so their OK to be on.

2) sure it will

3) in the trunk of our Ridgeline.

4) you should have a power cable with adapter which comes with the trailer, ours did. Just plug it in.
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Thanks for all the replies. I purchased the Yamaha 2400 - found a good deal online with no tax or shipping. Figured it was better to take the safe choice since that should run the AC without problems and size/weight is manageable.
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How is the generator working for you? we just got our AS, 25 international SS. and this past weekend realized that I do need a generator.
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SO far, so good. It came with a free cover (from wisesales.com) and started right up out of the box. It's very quiet and not too hard to handle. I've only done a quick test but it did run the ac. This weekend will be the first test when we camp without a power hook-up. Pretty amazing that you get all that power from such a small package considering how bulky/loud they were just a few years ago.
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Thanks for the reply. have fun this weekend and if you could let me know how the gen worked out for you, it would be great.
ps- i assume that this model comes already with the rv plug. in some of the pictures i have been seeing i can't see where they have placed the rv plug. where is it located?
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the generator worked great all weekend. it comfortable ran all the lights/tv, etc. and the ac though we didn't even attempt ac and microwave. once it warms up, it is very quiet. i kept it outside just behind the trailer (near the bath) and you could barely hear it.

It only comes with standard 110V plugs - you need the adapter (it should have come with your trailer) that will allow you to plug your 30amp plug into the generator.

A question for others - what do you do when it rains? I don't have a pickup (it's an SUV) so the generator is out in the open. is it ok for the unit to run when it's sitting out in the rain?
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A question for others - what do you do when it rains? I don't have a pickup (it's an SUV) so the generator is out in the open. is it ok for the unit to run when it's sitting out in the rain?
Hi, I haven't been in a situation where it was raining yet. I was thinking of making an umbrella stand that would attach to the two handles on my Yamaha 2400. [project for the near future]
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Another newbie here. Do these generator answers also apply to a '76 tradewind air conditioner? For now I need to rent one for a day to clean it out (vacuum etc) since it is in the middle of a ranch somewhere with no power and I want to clean and get out the critters before towing to its new home (woo hoo!).
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A question for others - what do you do when it rains? I don't have a pickup (it's an SUV) so the generator is out in the open. is it ok for the unit to run when it's sitting out in the rain?
This has worked very well for us for the last 5 seasons. (even before the propane conversion.) Three person from CW.

The unit is grounded thru the floor of the tent with a 8" tent spike,copper strap and fender washers. It sits on two 4x2's, (under the tent) to keep it out of puddles when raining, doors and windows open for venting. Works for us.
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Rain

I have thought some about rain and my two Honda's (or should that be Hondi?) I bought them for using in the desert and the several times I have used them since, it really hasn't rained much. That being said, I did leave them in the back of the truck after Burning Man when we went through a truck wash. I just let them dry out and have used them several times since then with no apparent issues or damage.

I was thinking about getting a plastic storage tub from one of the home improvement stores that I could cut some ventilation holes in and just turn it upside down over the top of the generator to protect from rain and maybe even a little protection from the dust.

After I checked the aircleaner on the Honda 2000's And saw how little dust got to the filter after the Burn last year I have to assume that water couldn't get in either. They may be fine to run in the rain just the way they are. It would be great to hear others experience or opinions.

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Just not comfortable with water and lektricity.

The 22gal Rubbermaid Action Packer works very well for storage.
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