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Old 06-30-2017, 06:41 AM   #1
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Generators......

Looking to buy a duel fuel generator. Just purchased a 25 ft AS. What would be best. Looking at Champion 100401. Starting watts4375, running watts 3500
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:27 AM   #2
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That's a lot of weight. Where will you house the unit? I find a 2000 Watt Honda does everything we need, including running the 15000 BTU AC. Only 50 pounds. If you need more wattage buy two and link together. Just so much easier to handle than a big one.
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Thanks...got cha. I appreciate it very much!
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:33 AM   #4
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Please, NO!
Your neighbors will be outside with torches and pitchforks.
I looked up the Champion 100401 and it's what I'd call a construction generator. LOUD! Also it's not an inverter generator, so it will run full speed all the time.
Consider instead, a Champion 3500 dual fuel.
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Spend some time working out what you will *do* with the generator and how you will haul it. Every 3-4KW generator I've ever seen is *big*. The low(er) cost ones are LOUD. Dual fuel will normally mean reduced power on propane / LP.

If the generator goes in the TV, how is that set up. Do you need to fit under a cover? That will rule out a number of generators. If it goes in the AS, just where will it be and how will you deal with fuel and oil "drips"?

One pretty common approach is to get a pair of 2KW Honda or Yamaha generators (or something similar) that you can hook up with a parallel cable. When you need a lot of power, you run the pair. When you don't need a lot of power you only bring one / run one. The single generator supplying small(er) loads will run for a bit longer on a gallon of gas then the great big generators.

If you do decide on a 3KW, the best of the bunch is the 3KW Honda. It weighs a *lot* for that reason mine sits in the garage and the 2KW Yamaha gets all the frequent flyer miles in the back of the truck.

Most generators can be adapted to dual fuel. Many people do that expecting to just plug into the port on the front of the AS. Unfortunately that normally does not work. You need something a bit more elaborate to hook up. The result is lugging a separate bottle along for the generator. It is not real clear that a separate gas can vs a separate LP tank really buys you a whole lot.

Lots of decisions !!

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I found a used Honda EU3000 on Craig's List.
Yeah, it weighs a ton, but also holds 3.4 gallons of gas, so it can run a long time. Some folks like the Honda 2K with a remote tank.
Like the kind for outboard motors.
I had to go around with a tape measure, because the Tundra TV has 22" of clearance in the bed, and the Honda was 22.4" but with a Leer tonneau, I gained a couple inches.

The good news is you will have many choices. Honda, Yamaha, Champion seem to be the most popular.

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It is not real clear that a separate gas can vs a separate LP tank really buys you a whole lot.
It buys you freedom from stinky gas cans in the TV and worries about splashing gas around.
However, I still went gas. Time will tell if I made the right choice.
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A fuel bladder is one way around some of the "splashing fuel" concerns. It does bring it's own set of issues.

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I converted my Honda 2000 to a Tri fuel carb and am so glad. I feel much better with a 20 pound LP bottle than a five gallon can of gasoline. No pouring and spilling. They say lp reduces the output but mine is ten years old and still runs everything I need.
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Thank you everyone for you valuable input!
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I converted my Honda 2000 to a Tri fuel carb and am so glad. I feel much better with a 20 pound LP bottle than a five gallon can of gasoline. No pouring and spilling. They say lp reduces the output but mine is ten years old and still runs everything I need.
I just found a Yamaha on Craigs List for half the going price and will convert to Propane using a $200 carb kit conversion.

https://www.propanecarbs.com/yamaha-...rsion-kit.html
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I know this thread is a year old, but I wanted to add recent input. I recently purchased a single Honda 2200 from Genconnex. The generator is pre-converted for propane with an adapter for the quick connect LP port on the AS. I also purchased the neutral ground adapter for the y-plug to 30 amp socket on the generator. In a test run at home it powers up the AC without any problem. I also have 200 watt solar. I plan on switching the battery to store so the converter does not constantly add to the charge. The Honda is relatively small, I can manage it in and out of the SUV, and I will have no extra fuel canisters to deal with.
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