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Old 03-06-2016, 03:26 PM   #41
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Reading this thread and we are newbies. We have a similar setup as you. We just purchased the Swift 198 RD and towing with a 2009 Toyota Tacoma 4-door TRD. What generator do you use? Thanks
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Old 03-06-2016, 03:39 PM   #42
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I don't use a generator but I would say weigh your needs .. a/c, lights , coffee maker , battery charge, and figure how many watts you could need at most but I would definately get the invertor type of generator because it is safer cleaner power
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We use a "Champion" 3100/2800 Watt Generator/Inverter. They are nice and quiet (58DB) and runs the A/C or Microwave (not a 1300 watt Microwave and A/C together) With full tank I (70) still can lift it in my truck bed. Honda and Yamaha's are at least twice the price. Also parts are easy to get for the "Champion". Look at Costco prices they have them on sale once and awhile. We sold our 198RD a month ago they are nice units and easy to pull.
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Consider service if you need it. We don't live near any cheap dealers..Costco is a couple hundred of miles away. That said we got a couple hundred bucks off a Honda EU2000i in January from a local dealer. He might not have been the cheapest but the closest reliable service center.
We are not sure that 2000 w will cut it if it gets really hot. We are going to New Mexico in the spring.
Time will tell.
We don't have A/C at home so camping in Maine or any NE state..we probably would never use it.
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The EU2000i will not spin a 13.5 AC in the heat. Maybe at sea level and 70 degrees, but not in the heat.
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the A/C in the 195 is 8000
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Consider service if you need it. We don't live near any cheap dealers..Costco is a couple hundred of miles away. That said we got a couple hundred bucks off a Honda EU2000i in January from a local dealer. He might not have been the cheapest but the closest reliable service center.
We are not sure that 2000 w will cut it if it gets really hot. We are going to New Mexico in the spring.
Time will tell.
We don't have A/C at home so camping in Maine or any NE state..we probably would never use it.
Hey Kim Gass- Where are you going in NM in spring? It really doesn't get too hot unless you are in the southern part of the state. No humidity either. We hardly ever use our AC while NM camping. The nites cool off real nice too. Depending on where you are the temps drop 25 to 50 degrees.

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Here is my review of the Yamaha EF2000isV2 inverter generators. I use two of them in parallel. Biggest advantage is they only weigh 45 pounds each and have a fuel shut off valve so they can be run dry.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f5...kit-33516.html
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If you're asking about a generator because you boondock how about 4 6v battery option wired in series. Should get you by for up to a week without too much sacrifice. Can't run the a/c but heck, why go camping where it's that hot? Just my opinion but then again I live where it's hot so we always head to the coast or the mountains.
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Hey Kim Gass- Where are you going in NM in spring? It really doesn't get too hot unless you are in the southern part of the state. No humidity either. We hardly ever use our AC while NM camping. The nites cool off real nice too. Depending on where you are the temps drop 25 to 50 degrees.

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Carlsbad, Bandelier, White Sands,Chaco. And the old getting there through Texas.. Hope to not use the AC either. Death Valley a possibility. We're used to sleeping in the cool. Our house is heated...at 64 and we like to camp ( tent) in the 40's.
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