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Old 03-11-2016, 12:49 PM   #15
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I just purchased the 2000. I'd considered the 1000 but thought the 2000 would come in handy in the event of a power outage at home.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:16 PM   #16
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Welcome to the forum! The Honda generators are all great and wonderfully quiet generators. I have a 400 watt Honda for strictly battery charging. It is the size of a large lunchbox and does very well. I also have the 2000 watt Honda and use it for both batteries and 120 volt power. I have the 12 volt leads for both generators and when battery charging is what you want they will get you just that. If you connect the 120 volt cable you get any load in your trailer that is sniffing for power😉 I really like the 12 volt leads because I can also use them on my truck.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:21 PM   #17
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Welcome to the forum! The Honda generators are all great and wonderfully quiet generators. I have a 400 watt Honda for strictly battery charging. It is the size of a large lunchbox and does very well. I also have the 2000 watt Honda and use it for both batteries and 120 volt power. I have the 12 volt leads for both generators and when battery charging is what you want they will get you just that. If you connect the 120 volt cable you get any load in your trailer that is sniffing for power😉 I really like the 12 volt leads because I can also use them on my truck.
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Yeah, but the current output is soooo low it takes forever to fully charge the two house batteries. I never use the 12V leads.....always the AS converter and 120V from Gennie. Takes maybe 1.5 hours with a 2000W Honda.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:26 PM   #18
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Why not purchase the 2000i especially when looking at the price difference, it's not that much.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:42 PM   #19
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I would not hesitate to opt for the 2000 unless you are really keen on minimizing weight and know that teh 1000 will work for you.

Much more versatile for little extra $.

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Old 03-11-2016, 09:16 PM   #20
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Honda 1000 or 2000?

The Honda generators are the most quiet and reliable small generators I know of. ( I know you can get other brands for less money. But I have camped in situations where fellow campers were ready to run the owner of a cheap generator out of town because they can be very noisy)

We have chosen the Honda 2000. Very simply, I like to dry camp. My wife likes to dry camp, sort of! The Honda 2000 fires up my wife's hair dry just fine ( turn every other electrical user off) , and it handles the TV just fine. SO, very simply -- HAPPY WIFE = HAPPY LIFE. An easy decision.

( As an added benefit, my truck camper has an air conditioning unit which will function just fine on the Honda 2000.)

Further, if one wants to run the Airstream A/C while dry camping one just needs 2 Honda 2000's connected in parallel.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:52 PM   #21
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I too have been researching. A 1000 may not run everything you desire, especially some things simultaneously. For example a microwave, hair dryer, and electric appliances with a heating element like slow cookers and coffee makers, could exceed your normal operating capability especially together.

I recommend making a list of everything you want to run, then track down the watts for each. By considering the wattage and thinking about how you will live day to day, the answer should be apparent.

When I did this it told me the 2000. Plus I have the flexibility to buy a second if I find later I want to run my ac.

Good luck and be safe.
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:40 PM   #22
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Thanks!

What a wealth of information and experience - Thanks, everyone, for your advice. I will be solo and don't use coffee maker, hair dryer or other appliances. Will run fridge and water heater on propane. The cost difference isn't a factor so much as the weight, since I'll load and unload the generator into my pickup bed with each trip. I need to study up on converters and power to understand the difference between direct hookup of generator to batteries vs. through the Airstream, and the consequences for battery-charging.
My Honda EB4500 has gotten me through many a power outage so I am sure the right model Honda will stand up well on the road ...once I figure out which one that is!
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:00 PM   #23
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Amazon has the 1000i for $799. 1000 watts or 8.3 Amps at 120 volts.

Honda 1000i

Our FC20 Converter draws 8 Amps -- no microwave, hair dryers etc..

The 1000i weighs 29 lbs. vs. 46 lbs. for the 2000i.

dB of 53-59 vs. for both.

1000i = 17.5" long x 9.75" wide x 15.25" high

2000i = 20.1" x 11.4" x 16.8"

Less is more . . .

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Less is more....in most of the conversations, I would agree, but the 1000 vs 2000 discussion just baffles me. An addition of 17 lbs is trivial unless you physically are limited in lifting ability and then, even 29 lbs is too much to lift. The $799 vs the $899 that I regularly see for a 2000 is trivial as well. If that price is too much, the Generac and other brands are more like $500. The size might be an issue, but the increase is 2.6"x 1.65" x 1.55" and that fits most places used for a generator.

Certainly understand the case for not having a generator, but down sizing to a 1000, well I guess that is why we have more than one flavor of ice cream, more than one trailer layout, and lots of tow vehicle choices. We all get to make our own decisions. Doubt a 1000 will result in many fewer smiles.

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Old 03-12-2016, 03:14 PM   #26
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Less is more . . .

FC20 ~ FC25 : 1000 ~ 2000

Winnowing chaff from kernels . . .

Essence of need . . .

The basics . . .

Only . . .



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What a wealth of information and experience - Thanks, everyone, for your advice. I will be solo and don't use coffee maker, hair dryer or other appliances. Will run fridge and water heater on propane. The cost difference isn't a factor so much as the weight, since I'll load and unload the generator into my pickup bed with each trip. I need to study up on converters and power to understand the difference between direct hookup of generator to batteries vs. through the Airstream, and the consequences for battery-charging.
My Honda EB4500 has gotten me through many a power outage so I am sure the right model Honda will stand up well on the road ...once I figure out which one that is!
You don't have a coffee maker on the road!? You're scaring me!
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You don't have a coffee maker on the road!? You're scaring me!
Plenty of options without using 110 volts A/C:

Coffee maker thread

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