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Old 08-10-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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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).
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Old 08-10-2007, 08:53 PM   #2
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Check out the Yamaha generators. They make some models that are as quiet as the Hondas. I have an older Yamaha 2800 I use for my house in emergencies and have not had any problems in over 8 years of use. When I retire next year I plan on getting one of the newer models for use with our AS.
Just a thought.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:08 PM   #3
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Add up the total watts you'll be using at one time. If that's below what the EU1000 can generate, you should be ok.

The coffee maker sounds like it would have the biggest draw. What is its wattage?

On edit: 1000 is the peak wattage and 900 is the continuous wattage for the EU1000.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:28 PM   #4
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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.
Yeah, the first thought I have is don't you have a battery in your trailer? The lights and fan run off of your 12v system, you don't need a generator for that. For a coffee maker, yes, but not the rest. If that is all you'll be powering, then yes, a 1000w genny should do the trick, but check the wattage requirements of your coffee maker first before buying.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:42 PM   #5
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You can also get coffee pots that run off the battery or use the french press or Melitta type systems to prepare coffee.

I heat up water on the stove and then pour it through a filter. Works great.

Do you need the generator for anything else? Will you be boondocking for extended periods?
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:21 PM   #6
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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
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Ironfem200 has a 1955 Wanderer, it is probably just like my 1954 Liner, that is all 110V and no battery and no 12V. A small 1000W generator will work, the only problem is that you must turn it on whenever you want electricity, a little tough in the middle of the night when you need a light to go to the bathroom, but maybe that is not a problem as your trailer probably doesn't have holding tanks either.

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Generator Size Advice--heat source?

Bill is correct; my trailer is all 110v and actually, french press is the preferred method of making morning coffee!

I did think of something though; I know that using your propane powered oven as a heat source to get rid of the morning chill is NOT a great idea. What do others with small simple trailers use instead?

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Many older trailers have catalytic heaters installed. They are great for getting rid of the morning chill, run off of propane and use no electricty. They put out alot of heat, are flameless and do not produce deadly CO. They do consume oxygen from the air and a window or vent must be opened to replenish the oxygen in the trailer. They are not a replacement for a furnace in very cold weather as they do not heat the tanks to prevent water from freezing.

VTS now sells them, here is a link:
Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!

We perc our coffee on the stove. Nothing beats the smell of coffee brewing on the stove in the morning.
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A 1000 watt genny probably won't run most coffee pots. But if all you need is lights its fine. AND DON'T LET ANYONE KID YOU...Honda eu gennys are the quietest on the market. Thats not just my Opion....thats consumer reports annalisis,,,and anyone who has compare the two. The Yamaha is good...but not as quiet as the Honda...JUST THE FACTS...ONLY THE FACTS.
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I am spoiled by fresh ground beans every morning.....I can drink perked coffee if I have too. I drank ARMY coffee for a couple years...YUK....but it has caffine....lol. I allow myself that luxury when camping.
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Look in the magazines for prices on the Hondas...there is only about 300 dollars difference in the 1000 and 2000 hondas.
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1000 dollar espresso!!!

I have a Honda 1000. And a 950 watt Starbucks Barista. The Honda 1000 does just fine steaming milk and the rest that goes with it! As long as I plug ths Barista directly into the Gen.
Down side is that some places you can't run a gen before 8 or 9 or 10 am. That's french press time!
Heck by 9 am it's Miller time.
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:08 AM   #14
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We have a 2000, it is more than ample for 80% of our needs. I know cost is important, and probably fuel economy as well, but if you get the 1000, and find out you have 1100 watts of need, you will not be happy. The 2000 will hardly be breaking a sweat at that point.
Now, a really stoopid question for you:
Don't you own a percolator?
They use zero watts, and a side benefit is heating the percolator on the stove will take the chill out of the trailer at the same time.
If you do this, you can have the 1000, and your laptop, and all the lights you own in the trailer can be on. Leave Mr Coffee at home.
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