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Old 03-03-2004, 11:52 PM   #1
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What is best generator to use for 34 foot Classic

We have two A/C but would need enough power for only one in emergencies. Something light and quiet. Have to store in Suburban. I have seen info on the Honda EU 3000 and Yamaha EF2600. Have you any info to share? Thanks.

Is the noise tolerable?
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Old 03-04-2004, 07:04 AM   #2
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I've been struggling with the very same issues.... we'd have to store ours in the Excursion. I'm not excited about having gasoline in the passenger compartment at all. I just don't think it's a very good idea.

I'm investigating the Auragen as a suitable alternative.

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Old 03-04-2004, 07:18 AM   #3
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If you have 13,500 btu air-conditioners, I'd recommend that Yamaha EF3000iSEF that can use its starting battery to provide another 500W of boost for 3500W, or two Honda EU2000 generators paralleled for 4000W. These comply with the Duo-Therm's generator requirement specification.

I believe the big Yamaha should roll through the door of a Classic, where you could trailer with it secured up against the couch, as you would two EU2000s. I wouldn't have someone carrying one end of the big gerator walk up the fold-out steps though. That might be too heavy for them. You could build a ramp you could strap to the roof of the SUV when traveling.

If you used two Honda EU2000s paralleled, they wouldn't be hard to lift up into the door of the trailer.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:42 PM   #4
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if you have a truck . i used a onan 4.0 micro quiet and we couldn't hear it in the trailer. worked great. had to fab a stand and bolted it to the truck bed and to get up so it could breathe as the fan blows out the bottom. used an extension cord to connect the trailer .
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Old 03-04-2004, 07:38 PM   #5
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We have a Yamaha 2800. I keep it on the back of the truck just for emergencies. We don't boondock very often but I have hooked it up a couple of times here at home just to see if it would start and run the A/C. One day last summer I let it run for a couple of hours. It seemed to do just fine. I believe the 3000 Yamaha with the "booster battery" is really heavy.

85MH325 I don't like hauling a gas can under my hard tonneau (sp) cover. I've thought about fabricating a way to haul a gas can on the tool box between the propane tanks and the coach.
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I use a coleman 3500, or coleman 5500 both of which are extended service gennys, that work well, but are a little noisy. I would not carry them in the passenger compartment, perhaps a mount to the rear bumper of the trailer, if such is possible, or mounted on the roof of the tow vehicle. Do not transport it empty - it smells more - just have a ventless cap to fit when travelling, and keep the vented cap in a ziplock with it. I have never had a genny leak on me, but there is always a first time. The very expensive Honda encased gennys are very good for putting places, I would bet a honda would fit atop the util box, on the tow frame of the trailer, behind the gas bottles. (It would on mine)

Unfortunately, my coleman will not. The coleman uses the well proven Briggs Stratton engine, and an American made genny part.

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Old 03-06-2004, 02:46 PM   #7
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I just purchased a Honda EB 3000. It had several features that sold me, it was cheap just under $1000, light weight 68.4 lbs, quiet 68 db and provided the power that I needed to run my a/c. There may be better choices out there but I believe this one will do it for me.
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"perhaps a mount to the rear bumper of the trailer, if such is possible"

It isn't. Check some of the older threads on "tail droop" and "rear end separation".

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Don't add to rear bumper

I can tell you from experience that weight added to the back of the trailer will make pulling a real experience!!! We did just that with SOB trailer. We had put hoses and a few sticks of wood for camping. That worked. But when we added the generator we had problems. It caused it to sway. Bill Thomas told us that was our towing problem. We removed the generator and it pulled fine after that.
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