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Old 11-25-2015, 01:44 PM   #31
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I noticed Honda is having their annual sale with the EU2000i for $899 and the EU2000i Companion for $999 at Camping World. Just before Christmas last year we got a 2-year zero interest loan from Honda at our local Honda distributor/dealership (garden supply store). If you're thinking of buying a generator or two, on is the time.

Each of our units has almost 20 hours of runtime and we are very pleased with them so far but one of them wouldn't start after sitting for several months. I bought a bottle of HEET and poured about one ounce in the tank and it started on the first pull. That's amazing stuff. I've also started using STA-BIL gas stabilizer and have decided to run them about 30 minutes each month during the off season.

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Thanks for the reminder.I need to pull mine out,drain the tanks,drain and clean the carbs and and a little oil to the cylinders since I have no trips planned till spring.
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:48 AM   #32
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where do you put your genny while running it? everyone talks about how heavy they are. why not just leave it in the bed of the truck?
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:20 AM   #33
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where do you put your genny while running it? everyone talks about how heavy they are. why not just leave it in the bed of the truck?
The Honda EU 2000i and companion are 46 lbs each.
I think it would suck to forget they were connected and drive away for a day leaving the trailer in the CG.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:01 AM   #34
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where do you put your genny while running it? everyone talks about how heavy they are. why not just leave it in the bed of the truck?
DW and I recently decided to buy an inverter generator large enough to run the air conditioner. It will be about 85lbs. We could 'struggle' it in and out of the back of the truck, but our 'plan A' is to leave it in the truck bed. I'm currently thinking about ways and materials to minimize the sound and vibration.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:17 AM   #35
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I had to consider where i would be camping and what I wanted to run in my setup when camping off the power gird. I also had to consider where i could run my generator as it seems most places you go to will have generator run time restrictions in place.

With all of this I decided to beef up my trailer with more batteries and reduce my DC power drain as much as I could do.

Then I would plan out what items I want to run in a one day/night run off the battery bank and only have a generator large enough to operate my on-bopard converter/charger unit to re-charge my battery from its 50% charge state to a good 90% charge state when allowed to run my generator.

Later on I will add solar panels to help in this concept so that I will not have to run the generator as much for the required 3-hour generator run time using smart mode charging techniques.

The other thing I had deal with was keeping my high dollar small generator from being stolen when using it at the off-road camping locations.

These were my concerns on getting setup to operate off the power grid.

I only use my smaller 2KW generator for three hours each day when allowed re-charging my battery banks. My battery bank is designed to run all of the things we want to use when camping off the power grid in a one day/night run off the batteries.

Been doing this now since 2009 with my off-road POPUP trailer camper whic has all of the modern day items on-board.

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Old 01-21-2016, 01:24 PM   #36
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I had to consider where i would be camping and what I wanted to run in my setup when camping off the power gird. I also had to consider where i could run my generator as it seems most places you go to will have generator run time restrictions in place. Us, too. We felt it necessary (and cost effective) to buy a generator for those reasons PLUS be able to run the air cond. We may be volunteer National Forest CG hosts in AZ this summer and may be some other place next year. A generator was really our 'Plan B' that we felt we had to start with 'just in case.'

With all of this I decided to beef up my trailer with more batteries and reduce my DC power drain as much as I could do. Us, too. We can go 4 days on 2 group 24 batteries without them going below 12.4volts.

Then I would plan out what items I want to run in a one day/night run off the battery bank and only have a generator large enough to operate my on-bopard converter/charger unit to re-charge my battery from its 50% charge state to a good 90% charge state when allowed to run my generator.

Later on I will add solar panels to help in this concept so that I will not have to run the generator as much for the required 3-hour generator run time using smart mode charging techniques. We plan to go this route, too.

The other thing I had deal with was keeping my high dollar small generator from being stolen when using it at the off-road camping locations. Yup. Another reason to have the generator out of view and stay secured in the truck bed.

These were my concerns on getting setup to operate off the power grid.

I only use my smaller 2KW generator for three hours each day when allowed re-charging my battery banks. My battery bank is designed to run all of the things we want to use when camping off the power grid in a one day/night run off the batteries.

Been doing this now since 2009 with my off-road POPUP trailer camper whic has all of the modern day items on-board.

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My Honda EU6500is sits at the left rear corner of my camper when I use it. I carry it in the basement. I use a winch to load and unload it.
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We're planning on almost always being off grid.We plan a Death Valley visit and we will want to run the A/C. We need 3000 watts for start up. Like others we do not plan on leaving the generator set up in camp while we are off hiking or on a two week kayaking backcountry trip. So portability is an issue. We felt that in exchange for a weight savings ( though not a money one) two little gennys were better than one bigger backbreaking one in our old age.

Usually we don't camp in serviced sites. Never thought about stealing in campgrounds; good point. It used to happen in ice storms around here with small gennys visible from the street. I don't think anyone is stealing our 15,000 KW home genny. Its mounted in cement.
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Yamaha EF 2400ishc

I have a Yamaha EF 2400ishc inverter which I bought in 2013. It will run my 13.5 btu ac very quietly and efficiently . It's manageable to lift (70lbs) and fits under the roll top in my truck.
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I have a Yamaha EF 2400ishc inverter which I bought in 2013. It will run my 13.5 btu ac very quietly and efficiently . It's manageable to lift (70lbs) and fits under the roll top in my truck.
This one would also be my pick for manageable weight, and the ability to run a 13.5k A/C under any conditions.
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