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Old 08-14-2009, 08:51 AM   #15
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Just one 13000 BTU unit.
You have a recent unit so a 2000i will probably run it but nothing else can be on line. Mine does fine.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:55 AM   #16
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new honda 3000

honda is now touting a new version of their 3000, it is lighter, NOT electric start, has a smaller fuel tank and built in wheels. it is also more expensive. go figger. I mounted my 3000 on the tongue-see thread entitled "tongue mounted generator" put a 12 gallon fuel cell below it with an electric pump so I could refuel the 3000 as req'd. I believe the 6500 will also fit the same space once all the wheels, outriggers, etc are removed. I am trying to find one of those used. as stated, you cant have too big of a gen-you CAN, however have one that is too loud.
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Old 08-14-2009, 03:06 PM   #17
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While we're on the topic of generators... as I was taking the factory tour at Jackson Center in late July, the guide pointed out the addition of a 30 amp Marinco type connector on the front of some of the trailers on the production line. He said it was specifically made for plugging in a generator that could, theoretically, sit in the back of a truck tow vehicle. If I recall, it was located on the street side, near the bottom of the window. Think of the possibilities.
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:32 PM   #18
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Propane Generators

Will a propane generator do the job? I was thinking that running a line to my propane tanks would be much simpler than having to carry a gas can with you.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:18 PM   #19
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I believe the Honda and some other generators can be converted to propane.

Honda Generators Propane and Natural gas Kits.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:21 PM   #20
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Propane Generators

It's not the fuel, it's just the wattage output ... I've got two multifuel generators that run on gasoline, LPG, and natural gas: one a 2400, one a 6600 watt. The big one is standby for the house - you wouldn't want it in a campground next to anyone you liked. The little one is much quieter and runs the a/c, etc. if I want, whether it's running on gasoline or LPG.
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This conversion has worked very well for us, can still use gasoline if needed. Runs about 25-27 hrs on this tank.

The Honda has been trouble free.
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It's not the fuel, it's just the wattage output ... I've got two multifuel generators that run on gasoline, LPG, and natural gas: one a 2400, one a 6600 watt. The big one is standby for the house - you wouldn't want it in a campground next to anyone you liked. The little one is much quieter and runs the a/c, etc. if I want, whether it's running on gasoline or LPG.
Actually, the fuel does make a differance. What is important is the calorie content of the fuel. Gasoline is the highest and natural gas is the lowest. For a given size of engine, it will produce more housepower on gasoline than on LP or natural gas. Thus, the rated wattage for a generator set will be different for each type of fuel you are using.
In normal opperation, we generally do not run an engine to 100% load. So a generator set may appear to have about the same output with what ever fuel you are using. There is also the service factor of the generator set. Most home units are rated at a 0.6 service factor. This means you can run at a 60% load all the time. You have a reserve that will allow you to get 100% load, but not for long. Commercial units are often rated at a 0.8 service factor and industrial units can be rated as high as 1.1 sevice factor.
For our selection of a generator to power a trailer, several different factors come into play.
Wattage; is the unit larger enough to meet our power demands?
Size; is it small enough to move around?
Fuel; will fuel be available and what is its cost?
Noise level; can you and your neighbors live with the noise level?
Reliability; can you count on it?
Maintenance; how often do you need to service the generator set?
Cost; how much are you willing to pay for the power?
Keep in mind that running a generator is the most expensive way to get power to your trailer. The only thing that cost more is to use solar power.
I have an LP gas generator but it's primary job is not to power my trailer. I live near New Orleans and having a generator to power up after a storm is a must if you don't evacuate. After Katrina, the only power we had for two weeks was from our generator. The pour thing died from the effort, but some power was better than none. I learned from that first gen set and now have a better built unit with the quiet kit on it. It cost about $2400.00 and is large enought to run the Airstream or one room AC and the fridge in the house (TV and two lights don't count for much).
One lesson I did learn from Katrina was just how much fuel you can run through trying to keep full time power on. Most of us had gen sets with 5 gallon tanks on them. We had to refill the tanks two or three times a day to keep the lights on. (Yes, that was about $40.00 a day for one small AC and the fridge) If you use a small generator just to run the trailer a few hours at a time, its not too bad. Go to full time power and the cost really goes up.
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While we're on the topic of generators... as I was taking the factory tour at Jackson Center in late July, the guide pointed out the addition of a 30 amp Marinco type connector on the front of some of the trailers on the production line. He said it was specifically made for plugging in a generator that could, theoretically, sit in the back of a truck tow vehicle. If I recall, it was located on the street side, near the bottom of the window. Think of the possibilities.
I ordered that option on my 25 Classic. Known as "generator prep" don't remember the cost.
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This conversion has worked very well for us, can still use gasoline if needed. Runs about 25-27 hrs on this tank.

The Honda has been trouble free.
This tank costs 5 bucks to re-fill, an hour or two every couple days keeps the batterys charged, LPG conversion is a very handy option to have.
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Has anyone had any luch with the coleman generator? It appears to be priced far lower than then the Honda. However usually you get what you pay for.
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i have one. you would not want to listen to it for very long.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:42 AM   #27
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Look's like "Cabelas"will have some Generator's on Sale starting the 20th.-the 26th."Champion" brand 3500watt $300 and 800watt for $120(50:1 fuel mix on 800w.) No info on Quality or noise level.
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Look's like "Cabelas"will have some Generator's on Sale starting the 20th.-the 26th."Champion" brand 3500watt $300 and 800watt for $120(50:1 fuel mix on 800w.) No info on Quality or noise level.
Don't know anything about Cabelas' generators, but if they are 2 cycle engines, you can bet they are noisey.
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