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Old 08-11-2007, 06:23 AM   #15
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I'd get the 2000

Ok, the 1000 might take care of your imediate needs but a honda gen lasts forever and in the future, you might want to get a larger trailer or have more electrical load. A microwave sure comes in handy.

For coffee, I use the cone that sits on top of the cup. Pour boiling water over the grounds in the filter. Easy, good.

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Old 08-11-2007, 06:32 AM   #16
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Before buying a generator I would look into a battery , a small converter and some 12v lights . If you are just running some lights and a 12v fan it should last you several days without hook-ups . I think you will find it a lot more convenient than running a generator every time you want some light , also cheaper than a generator .

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Old 08-11-2007, 07:38 AM   #17
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We have the EU1000 and it works well for us. We can run with just battery for several days. We top the battery with a couple of hours. When we do this we sometimes throw a DVD in the laptop and enjoy a movie at the same time. I bought mine from a friend ($500). It had less then 2 hours on it, but could not run his wife's curling iron.

The same person had a 12 volt Mr Coffee. It worked great except that it took almost an hour to brew a pot.


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Old 08-11-2007, 07:57 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by campadk
We have a Honda 1000 to recharge batteries. No need to run the generator to turn a few lights on, they are 12v... Coffee on the stove works just fine.

Save some dought, buy a 1000 to recharge your batteries and enjoy some perked coffee on the stove
When and how long does it take to recharge your batteries with the H1000?
Do you plug the trailer into the H1000 to charge the batteries all at the same time?
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:46 AM   #19
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Hi, we have a 16' Bambi and are considering a Honda 2000. Has anyone ever considered solar to recharge the batteries? We used our vehicle on the last trip to a national park and just turned it on for a few minutes at a time worked well to keep batteries going. I'm not sure that is the best method. Advice? Thanks, Sheila
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:53 AM   #20
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There are numerous threads on solar power here. If you check out several of my threads on "Solar Panel Positioning" with responses from members as well as my "AM Solar SunRunner 100 panel" thread, you will see how I added 265 watt of solar panels. I started with a 5 watt panel, added a 25-30 watt portable panel then went whole hog with three panels. I can run my two Fantastic Vent fans on high all day long without draining the battery in the slightest. The panels even produce power on an overcast day. I'm a big believer in solar. I also have a Yamaha EF3000iSEB generator but only use it when I need the AC or if I want to watch TV when boondocking.

Regarding the first post on this thread, go for the Honda 2000. It is worth the extra money over the 1000 and it won't even break a sweat.

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Old 08-11-2007, 12:04 PM   #21
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EU2000i it is...

Thanks, everyone for your kind and helpful words. And, as these generators are NEVER on sale, I will go ahead and bite my lip and get the 2000. I'll be taking the trailer to Mt. Madonna next weekend and I'm sure I will be in good shape, coffee brewer and all....
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Old 08-11-2007, 12:53 PM   #22
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I think that is going to give you much more versatility than the 1000, for not a great deal more money. Good choice, IMO, for what you want to do with it.
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:06 PM   #23
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IF, since you have made up your mind, try Mayberrys. They sell online and have the best honda eu2000i prices I have found. I've bought two from them.
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Old 08-11-2007, 04:10 PM   #24
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Right. Just ordered the 2000 from Mayberry's. Free shipping to CA and a hundred bucks cheaper than Camping Squirrel. It would cost me that much to drive out to Camping Squirrel to pick one up!

Hooray, I'll be wired for sound (and coffee) by next weekend at Mt Madonna! You guys are awesome!
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I have a Honda eu2000 and it powers the 11000 BTU AC in my 16 footer.
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:18 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by ironfem200
I have been reading about the Honda 'quiet' generators to provide lights and fan power to my 20' trailer. I really wonder if the EU2000i is more generator than I really need and if the 1000 model would do just fine (the cost difference is important to me). I truly plan on powering no more than 6 small sconce lights and one fan and MAYBE a coffee maker (I can use my gas stove if necessary).
Any thoughts? thanks.
Ironfem, I believe you made the right decision to buy the EU2000i over the 1000 model. Not only do most coffee pots take more than 1000 watts, you also have the load of the converter when it is charging the batteries or providing power for the 12 volt lights and appliances. You might have found that the circuit breaker in the 1000 model would pop occasionally.

A word to Shelia on solar if she is still following thread. I agree with Craig (davidz71) that solar works very well for people boondocking that don't like to run their generator. We have ~260 watts on our 25' CCD that my wife and I installed ourselves and it works very well. You can check out the Sierra Nevada Unit April newsletter for an article on our installation at or see the photo gallery at

The one limiting factor with your 16' Bambi is that the trailer has a limited amount of roof space for a solar panel; you would probably be limited to 50 watts or so. That works ok in most situations but might not be enough to recharge a battery in the winter when the daylight hours are shorter, the days often cloudy and furnace gets more use at night.

Lastly, I was tempted by the fuel cell units that people are starting to put in boats/yachts and RV's. They might be an attractive and ppossibly cheaper alternative in a few years.

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