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Old 08-12-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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Generator Usage

There is one main time I can see using the generator and that is to run the air conditioner when there is no electric hook up.
With that in mind, I could foresee using the air when stopped for a quick snooze at a rest area or road side rest or a truck stop when it's hot even at night. Do any of you use yours when traveling and stop for a rest in a public place? Is it acceptable? Against the law? Or, would you not want to put the generators next to the trailer for fear of theives? I have never seen anyone doing this, so I am wondering what all of you think about it,
and how and when do you use your generators?
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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Well,

In my case, by the time I got the genset out, got it running and hooked up and waited for cool down, especially in the heat of the day, I would either be toasted or I would have burned half a gallon of gas in my tv waiting...

Pretty much, my generator is for those dry camping expeditions (Cape Hatteras, Everglades, Acadia...) where a couple of hours a day recharging will provide all my house needs.

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:53 PM   #3
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I have a Honda 3000 ei mounted above the horizontal bottles ac power to gen is transfered at the interior power panel, we us the genny when we are on the road, for battery charging, cooking, heaters, TV and A/C. in the daylight we will stop at roadside rest stops, but at night we only use truck stops,

you may ask why would you use the gen. for electric heat, when its -15*c ( 0* f) in the mountains in Alberta in may , the propain doesnt give off enough heat for an overnight truck stop, no camp grounds open.

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Old 08-12-2008, 10:51 PM   #4
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We have an inverter that will run everything except our AC, microwave or espresso coffee maker. When boondocking, we carry a Honda in the back corner of the truck bed. I run the trailer cord to it. I crank it up to use the microwave or coffee maker. Those things only run a short time. If it is so warm we must use the AC, we go somewhere else, or stay at an RV park. Don't really like it that hot anyway.
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I have a Honda 3000 ei mounted above the horizontal bottles ac power to gen is transfered at the interior power panel, we us the genny when we are on the road, for battery charging, cooking, heaters, TV and A/C. in the daylight we will stop at roadside rest stops, but at night we only use truck stops,

you may ask why would you use the gen. for electric heat, when its -15*c ( 0* f) in the mountains in Alberta in may , the propain doesnt give off enough heat for an overnight truck stop, no camp grounds open.

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Yes, I would like to ask for pictures of the "Honda 3000 ei mounted above the horizontal bottles". Is this on a trailer? Interior power panel? Does this mean it is hardwired to your fuse box?

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I use a Honda 2000 genny when boondocking (or dry camping) and I always lock it to the trailer. I have heard of them being stolen and I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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I opted for the 15k A/C unit, so I would need at least a 3k generator.

As a work around for those warmer boondocking trips, I have two fantastic vents that run off the batteries. I have a 1000 Yamaha propane that can top off the batteries and even run the fridge with some other accessories running as well.

For the smaller A/C units that can run off a 2k generator, I would have to agree, when remote camping aka:boondocking, the setup would be great, but at a rest area, etc, it would not only take time to setup, but time to cool down the trailer, then you'd have to tear it all back down. Not really a restful stop IMHO. For me, it's a quick lunch or to get out and walk a bit and I'm off, then running the tow vehicle's A/C unit. If I have lunch and it's warm out, I open the windows and fire up the fantasitic vents at full power. One issue though is the diesel trucks. Sometimes it's better to just have the door and some windows open rather than creating a wind tunnel.
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm just trying to justify buying a couple of Honda's. But in my case I just can't seem to be able to convince myself. Although, It would be nice to be able to pull into a rest area, in the middle of a hot night after a hard day of driving. Start the generators, the air conditioner, and get several hours of decent sleep without leaving the windows open and without most of the noise from the trucks, not to mention the fumes from their rigs.
Oh well, I guess I just need to figure out if the benifits of having a generator out weigh the costs for the way I travel.
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I'm just trying to justify buying a couple of Honda's...
hi dooley...

you've not provided any info on the ac...

btu, start up amps, or running amps required.

IF using the ac while in route is a big desire...

u might be better off with a 3k yam or larger honda or an ONAN...

-any of these could be placed securely in the truck bed and vented inside/out of the shell or tonneau cover.

-a 30 amp cord on a reel could be cleanly installed and hook up would be easy.

-a remote start switch placed INSIDE the 'stream would make on/off convenient...

-and the 23 ftr? would cool down quickly.

-with the genset bolted into the truck bed and the cord on a reel...

-theft would be less an issue.

-if still wanting to move the genset OUT onto the ground a scissor-jack-hoist-dolly thing could be added.

there are several threads here by folks doing this and with pix of the setup.

the fuel could come directly from the truck main tank or an accessory fuel tank installed.
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another option is to have a genset installed IN the 'stream...

this has been done occasionally in rear twin models,

under a bed and with proper shielding, sound dampening and venting via louvered door panels and extended exhaust pipes...

these are usually hard wired and with a remote start.

fuel choice and location is the big issue, but running on lp gas a nice approach.
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either approach would give u quick use of the a/c with set up time and theft minimized.

the truck bed approach seems better for a small trailer...

i've got 2 power connection ports on my unit, one behind the lp tanks and one streetside in the rear.

running the genset at nite in rest areas or truck stops wouldn't be a problem...

mohos and truckers do this routinely in the summer.

so based on your projected usage, the 2000x2 may not be the ideal approach.

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Old 08-13-2008, 07:24 PM   #10
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I would think as far as noise goes it wouldnt be much different then a refer unit on a semi. I would chain it down though. I have a 2 cylinder ONAN It is a heavy SOB but I still chain it down
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm just trying to justify buying a couple of Honda's. But in my case I just can't seem to be able to convince myself. Although, It would be nice to be able to pull into a rest area, in the middle of a hot night after a hard day of driving. Start the generators, the air conditioner, and get several hours of decent sleep without leaving the windows open and without most of the noise from the trucks, not to mention the fumes from their rigs.
Oh well, I guess I just need to figure out if the benifits of having a generator out weigh the costs for the way I travel.

We have two Honda EU 2000i Generators. When hooked in parallel they run the 15k A/C and several other appliances in our AS. If you have a 15k A/C think twice about buying the 3000 watt generator because it is only rated to truly run at around 2800 watts. The set up I have can run at about 3600--3800 watt, with a peak of 4000 watts. It's better to have too many than not enough.

In addition the smaller units are portable so I normally lock them to the tongue of the trailer to keep the sound away from the sleeping area. With the Honda Kit you're looking at about $1800 new. Money well spent if you like to dry camp like we do.

Good luck.
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All good points. I would get the portable units as I don't want to bolt a heavy unit in place in the truck bed. I have already bought the Action Paks that 2airishuman mentioned in another thread. I figure if I don't get the portable units I still have a lot of things that can be stored in the containers I bought.
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We have two Honda 2000's. We use them often even at rest stops. We have often pulled out one to a meal in the microwave. We always cable lock them to the to the trailer. It's quick and easy.

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...I have already bought the Action Paks...
well dooley,

if you've already acquired the most rare and ultimate action packers...

OF COURSE u need a honda or 2...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tor-44248.html

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