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Old 02-17-2010, 11:27 PM   #15
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Just a 1KW

I'm with Rodney on the sufficiency of a 1,000 for 99 percent of our electrical needs. We just don't need the roof air or the microwave ever. They are nice to have if we're connected to shore power. Otherwise our solar panels almost always keep our two golf cart batteries charged up. And if the sun doesn't shine enough then we can dig the 27 pound generator out of the truck and put it wherever needed.

I like Paul's idea of a dual-fuel generator. Would love to have the safety of a propane-fired genset, but we like to spend time every year at or above 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level (Canadian Rockies, Selkirks, and spots in Idaho). Smal generators fired with propane aren't equipped for starting in these altitudes. So a dual-fuel would be great for this -- start it on gasoline and switch it, if you can, to propane. Or just run it on gasoline when in the higher altitudes.

We like the size and heft of the 1000 watt generators. Ours is a Yamaha, bought it as "scratch and dent" from an outfit online four years ago. It is rated approx same noise as the Honda 1000is (52 at 1/4 load), same weight, same dimensions. We try to run it at least 30 min monthly with more than 400 watts and keep Sta-bil in the fuel. Always starts easy, and runs the trailer's power great even with the trailer's more current demanding PDI Intellipower 9260. Has higher current draw than the Parallax did, and stretches the 1,000 watt generator a little at first but genset settles in and quiets down soon.

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:04 AM   #16
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Thanks for the advise. wow 2700 for a new generator. well Craig's list here i come
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:05 AM   #17
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Should be able to get two 2000i Honda's for considerably less than $2700.

Paid $899 four years ago for ours.

The LPG conversion does have an adjustable mixture feature so is fairly easy to compensate for altitude once you have a baseline. VERY SMALL adjustments are all that I've had to make. Very easy to switch over to gasoline when it's time to re-fill the LPG.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:55 AM   #18
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Thanks for the advise. wow 2700 for a new generator. well Craig's list here i come
Here's one in Hagerstown for $1200:
Honda EU3000IS Generator
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:19 PM   #19
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I think I would fall into Rodney's camp too (now). I have a propane tri-fuel Yamaha 2400is. As we don't usually boondock in areas that require AC, a genny that would maintain my battery charge would be sufficient.

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Old 02-18-2010, 04:05 PM   #20
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Further to my previous post

I have not been able to find any better prices for new Honda generators than from Wisesales.com (you have to phone them, as well as most other companies such as Mayberry's or Speedway):

EU2000is-$869.99
EU2000is & EU2000is Companion & Parallel cord-$1919.97
EU3000is-$1699.99
EU3000is Handi-$1789.99

And that includes shipping and no tax to most states.

Everyone has their own view on which is best and we can all learn from each other then make our own decision. I am rethinking the two EU2000i's and although the EU3000is is much heavier it probably would last forever and is still the cheapest way to go. It would have to remain in the truck unless I could get someone else to help me move it.

Anyone have any other ideas/suggestions?
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I have not been able to find any better prices for new Honda generators than from Wisesales.com (you have to phone them, as well as most other companies such as Mayberry's or Speedway):

EU2000is-$869.99
EU2000is & EU2000is Companion & Parallel cord-$1919.97
EU3000is-$1699.99
EU3000is Handi-$1789.99

And that includes shipping and no tax to most states.

Everyone has their own view on which is best and we can all learn from each other then make our own decision. I am rethinking the two EU2000i's and although the EU3000is is much heavier it probably would last forever and is still the cheapest way to go. It would have to remain in the truck unless I could get someone else to help me move it.

Anyone have any other ideas/suggestions?
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:21 PM   #22
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if you just want batt charge might consider dc gen there are several available, problem is most are 2cycle and I HATE 2 CYCLES i have installed 4 gaurdians and 2 onans in tool boxes in the truck bed for customers these are hooked to truck fuel tanks with their own pick ups and truck batt for starting. the 4500 watt gaurdian is about 2700.00 3000.00 for onan. either will handilly run a/c and charging but with freight ,labour and tool box almost 4000.00 by the time they are in. most of the 1s i have setup this ways are for racers.
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Yesterday I hefted a Honda 3000 at a rental company here in town. No way I'd want to be lifting that in and out of a truck bed with any regularity!
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And Yamaha 2400is

The Yamaha 2400 can power AC and is cheaper than the 2 Honda units. Weighs less than the 3000Watt Honda and is inverter technology and quiet. There are lots of threads and charts on comparison between units. This thread was reading like a Commercial for Honda. If you don't ever need to run your AC then the small Honda is the best choice. Just don't head to the South or Florida or Arizona in the Summer. The Yamaha is between the small and large units or buying 2 units strapped together.
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You have to ask yourself where do you plan to camp? When I go to my property I take a generator. My generator is a champion 4000w/3500. It allows me enough energy for everything I will need. I plan on building so sometimes I am taking power tools with me.

Personally I find my generator very quiet for my needs. 68 decibles is what I have read. I shopped for mine and paid under $300.00 for it. I am very happy. If we camp where there is many people we always go to a park with electric hook up.

I only run it when I use the T.V. or the airconditioner. When I am outside I have the T.V. off and the air off. I run it when I sleep because I use a CPAP machine to breath. When I am inside the trailer with the windows sleeping I just hear it off in the distance running.

The champion is a chinese engine. The Lawn Mower dealer told me the engines are Honda knock offs.



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I'm waiting for the chineeze knockoffs, I hear their being made in the USA. Damn 'mericans just can't leave well enough alone.
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I didn't thing a furnace was important in Texas or trips here in the Southern states until last week when it was near freezing 40 miles from home. So I was glad to get a new furnace installed pronto. Think the same is true for a generator, long as I camp where there are hookups who needs a generator, or why would I pay twice as much for a smaller, quiet, inverter type that won't fry my laptop or Ipod. But the thing is the day will come when I'll be somewhere and it will be 100 degrees outside and I won't have power and will want to run the AC. Or maybe I'll be up in the mountains and I'll want to be a good neighbor and not have the loudest commercial Genie in the park. Or maybe my battery will not hold a good charge and I'll need to charge it up so that the furnace will run at night. Airstreaming is about being able to go and do and when that happens i sure want to have the best equipment in ALL situations.
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roof air

the roof air needs top be sized up as to starting current, 2000 watts will burn up the air and possible the generator unless you have a 7500 watt air unit. The minimum for your unit would be a 3600 watt, this is what most roof air (we sell Coleman) manufacturers and generator (we sell onan, honda, kipor, generac, magna etc) will recommend.
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