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Old 06-25-2006, 02:48 PM   #1
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generator rental?

I'm on the fence on buying a generator for an up coming summer trip. I've got a solar panel which keeps the battery charged for the fantastic fan and lights, but I may want/need the A/C (11,000) at some of the stops. Does anyone know if a rental option is available in the Los Angeles area?
I've been considering the Yamaha EF2400iS with the propane option but it may be pricey for essentially 5 nights.
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:19 PM   #2
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Most "rental generators" will be contractor-grade generators, which will be noisy, gas-hungry units. Not a good way to make friends at 3 am.
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:38 PM   #3
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There is a place in Ventura that rents Honda quiet generators. $20.00 per day I think. I am on the road and don't have the name but look in the Yellow Pages, thats where I found them.
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There is a place in Ventura that rents Honda quiet generators. $20.00 per day I think. I am on the road and don't have the name but look in the Yellow Pages, thats where I found them.
... but be aware that the popular eu2000i does not have enough amperage to bear the load of your A/C compressor's start-up. Campground electric hookups are 30 amps for a reason. You need nearly that much to make sure the compressor doesn't burn itself out by trying to start up with too few amps. Yes, once running it doesn't pull that kind of load. This is exactly the same reason that you should not use a standard grounded outlet 15A adapter at home on your Airstream's 30A plug to attempt an A/C startup. If it works at all you may not do it many times before you incur a very costly A/C compressor replacement.

Honda does sell a pricey set of cables to attach 2 eu2000i's in parallel to meet the amperage startup requirements of your A/C. Others have made up their own -- RoadKingMoe's photo link seems dead right now. Me? I guess I'm in the mild part of the States and need my A/C on infrequent occasions. I have a single eu2000i when I am boondocking in mostly shaded forest sites and find it is sufficient for evening or morning non-A/C loads while not drawing down my batteries. OTOH I try to reserve state park sites with electric hookups as much as possible.

See here and here and here.
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After PM-ing Maurice I am able to repair the hyperlink in the 3rd link in the preceeding post. This regards his parallel Honda eu2000i setup. His link is http://home.att.net/~roadkingmoe/Honda
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