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Old 01-14-2008, 06:58 AM   #1
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How often do you use your genny?

Was thinking of buying a genny but then I thought about it. Last year I would have used it once and even then I could of done without.

So is it a need or a want?

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Old 01-14-2008, 07:22 AM   #2
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Well it all depends.....
For me, I use it to run the A/C to keep me and Luke cool at agility trials. Almost all of the rest of the time we either have an electrical hookup or don't need the A/C

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Old 01-14-2008, 07:58 AM   #3
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A generator is a valuable investment. It is nice to be able to have all the electrical hookups of a camp when out in the boonies. The generator is something else to store or haul. Carrying gasoline to fuel it must also be considered. Consider how often per year you "might" possibly make use of a generator.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:05 AM   #4
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For 30 years we had MHs and each had a generator. Our AS does not.

I would like to have a generator because we travel with our Yorkies and it would be nice to have when we stop to eat, or when Burt goes into air museums.

We do not overnight without hook-ups, so we don't need a generator for that.

We travelled 20,000+ miles this summer without one, and really did not miss it. But, a generator is nice to have. If we could fit one on our bedslide in the back of our Avalanche, we would have one.

So, a generator would be nice, but I guess I would have to say that, for us, it is a want, not a must have.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:26 AM   #5
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I have two Honda's I run in parrellel so we can use AC and oven.
But, they are a pain to transport and set up. Gotta haul gas. Then, there is the security issue. So, once or twice a year we use them. Wish AS's had room for built in Onans.

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Old 01-14-2008, 08:33 AM   #6
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The answer to this question depends almost exclusively on your own habits.

For the most part we frequent national, provincial and state parks - where electical pedestals are often at a premium (or non-existent) - and where the best sites are often not those with a pedestal. Our little 1000W Yamaha pretty much becomes a necessity if we stay more than a couple of days.

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Old 01-14-2008, 08:35 AM   #7
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:46 AM   #8
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We use our Honda at agility trials and dry camping. When funds allow we will add a second Honda to allow for operation of the a/c. Our favorite campgrounds are the state and federal park systems that don't always have hookups.

Yes you do need to carry fuel, but you don't need a lot and if your tow vehicle is gas powered, you can siphon it from your tank.

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Old 01-14-2008, 09:01 AM   #9
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We are primarily boondockers, which makes a generator essential, IMO, if only to keep your onboard batteries charged. If you rely on hookups when you camp, then your need for one seems a lot less urgent.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:23 AM   #10
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Newer vehicles are virtually impossible to siphon from. We got our generator when a hurricane knocked out our power for 5 days, we couldn't have stayed at home without it. It is also very good in case the power goes out at the campground.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:31 AM   #11
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We have a 1000K Kipor and in the last three years have only used it twice. When we camp, we camp. We can survive 5 days completly selfcontained as long as we are careful with our use of lights and water. Everyone camps in their own fashion. Of course when we have full hook-ups we feel like we are in a Hilton with all the water and power we could ever want, but when boondocking conservation is the plan.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:55 AM   #12
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Handy to have

We have golf cart batteries and a small inverter. We can run everything in our Caravel except the microwave, coffee maker and A/C. When we boondock, we forget the A/C. I put the Honda in the bed of the truck and hook up to it there. It is secure at night, and can hardly be heard when runniing. We only use it for the microwave and Espresso maker. Both are run for a short time. Using the microwave conserves lots of water when boondocking as does the coffee maker. Much less clean-up. The batteries get a little re-charge as well.

The 350 watt inverter will run the TV, if we wish, as well as the satellite dish and DVD player if we want to do "dinner and a movie". We can run these things up to 30 hours, if we wish, withour charging.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:43 AM   #13
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I have had my Yamaha 1000 for about a bit over a year now and use it when boondocking and also when the power goes out. In reality, a 3000 would be better for when I'm at home and have an outage, but eventually, I will be putting in a Generac type system at the house. Yes the portable method is less expensive, but the Generac, particularly for longer outages as we exp last August (about 3-4 days), the Generac solution is better suited.

So to answer your question, several times a year.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:42 PM   #14
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My main use is two different annual trips we take, each about 5 - 7 days. Those are boondocking trips, the gen is very useful.
The other trips are usually shorter, and near the beach where A/C is not needed, and my batteries will last. I still sometimes take the gen set as insurance.

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