Originally Posted by Texasbr549
Yep, it’s an inverter - not written on the unit but is in the manual. I know little about generators so I’m borrowing it for this trip to see if boondocking is for us.
AH! Ok, I misunderstood the "conventional generator" part of the title. For everything short of the AC, it should do fine. I hope you're either planning ahead for a fall trip, or going somewhere cooler than TX, 'cause you're not going to get a good impression of boondocking comfort anywhere in TX right now!
One 2kw generator will do everything you need short of AC (as already mentioned) and nearly all the inverter generators are capable of pairing with another generator of the same brand to get you enough output to run the AC. Different brands sort that different ways... some have a box w/ the 30A receptacle that plugs into each generator (Ryobi seems to be one of those), some (Honda, eg) have a model of the generator that has the 30A built in, etc. My pair are Briggs & Stratton and I've been happy w/ them. Everyone seems to like Honda and Yamaha and there's a following for the Champion and Predator bargain brands.
Traveling in cooler climates, I've been able to go several days of boondocking with just a 180w portable solar "suitcase" system, because all I needed was to power the fans and 12v
controls for the fridge, and run the inverter at night for my CPAP. I generally take at least one generator on a longer trip, though, and having a generator around was really useful in the Big Blackout in February too.