Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-17-2014, 08:47 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 480
generator question

I was wondering how the other generators compare to Honda generators as far as noise level and power quality. I have a Jayco23j that I want to power up when I am boondocking.
__________________

slabat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Aurora CO
Posts: 2,336
I have a Kipor 3000 watt Genset. ( don't know if they make them any longer )

It's a tad louder than the name brands, but has provided excellent service.

The larger power supply, the larger engine, and therefore more noise, but anything under 60 db, at 20 feet is not bad at all from inside your TT! Just annoying to other campers

(60 dbConversation in restaurant, office, background music, Air conditioning unit at 100 ft)
__________________

__________________
Jim & Kim from Colorado

2014 Eagle 30.5 RLS
2015 Dodge 3500HD SRW 6.7L
Click on my profile for Mods and notes
Jmooney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 09:05 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Aurora CO
Posts: 2,336
If you not trying to get the air conditioning unit on the Genset, you could go down to a 2000 watt, and save some money, weight, and noise level
__________________
Jim & Kim from Colorado

2014 Eagle 30.5 RLS
2015 Dodge 3500HD SRW 6.7L
Click on my profile for Mods and notes
Jmooney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 07:31 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: s. e . south Dakota
Posts: 49
Stay with a Honda . Either a single 3000 watt or 2 2000 watt hooked together . Nothing quieter than Honda . The 2000 watt is great option , if you run your air , hook both up . If not running air 1 2000 watt will run everything else . Honda may cost a little more , but as the old saying goes , you get what you pay for
__________________
2014 seismic 3914 with full body paint
2011 'dodge ram ' 2500 6.7 Liter . Diesel , it
Still says dodge on dashboard .
2013 Can am commander 1000 cc camo xt. 2003 Harley Davidson road king
slaw32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 07:56 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Dale Hollow Lake Tn/Ky
Posts: 1,942
Quote:
Originally Posted by slaw32 View Post
Stay with a Honda . Either a single 3000 watt or 2 2000 watt hooked together . Nothing quieter than Honda . The 2000 watt is great option , if you run your air , hook both up . If not running air 1 2000 watt will run everything else . Honda may cost a little more , but as the old saying goes , you get what you pay for
x2,x3,x4 etc.



Many will recharge the batteries or power up your micro or TV, but then there is that noise thing. Ever wonder why the comparison usually includes something like "noise is not bad if you're inside your TT"? I'm not a Honda retailer, just a proud owner of 2 2000's. They work, they are quiet, and yes they are pricey; but [here we go] "U get what U pay for".
Bassdogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 08:19 AM   #6
Site Team
 
WVDusty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Charleston
Posts: 1,549
FWIIW the Hondas everyone raves about being so quite are inverters not generators that is why they cost so much more. I have used a Honda EU4000 inverter for emergency power at home for years and it is GREAT however for the few times we boondock camp I have a champion 4000 watt generator it is louder but works great also.
__________________
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/re...%3A_douuy_o5dq

TV 2005 Ram 3500 CC LB SRW Cummins POWER
2014 Jayco Jayflight 32BHDS Prodigy P3 brake controller.Reese dual cam 1400/14000
WVDusty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 08:34 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
RoyBraddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: King George
Posts: 2,396
I have the Honda 2KW EU2000i generator. Since it seems like everywhere we went camping here on the east side of the US we always ran into camp grounds with generator run time restrictions which usually would not work out if we wanted to run our air conditioners.

What we did was to beef up of trailer to smart mode converter/charger, added more batteries and heavier batter cables, changed out to LED lights everywhere and installed a low wattage INVERTER. Now we can run all of the 120VAC items from the Inverter, 12VDC items from direct connected to the batteries and do just fine until 8AM the next morning when we are allowed to run out 2KW generator. I planned battery power consumption to drop my battery DC voltage to 12.0VDC (Approx 50% charge state) by 8AM the next morning. During breakfast we connect our 30A trailer shore power cable to the generator 120VAC panel receptacle using a RV30A-15A Adapter (WALMART) which allows the on-board smart converter/charger unit to recharge our battery bank back up to its 90% charge state in just three hours of generator run time. I use a PD9260C converter which does require a 1000WATS to operate it from a generator so I have to have the 2KW generator to power this up.

Getting three or generator run time during the day usually fits the campgrounds that have generator run time restrictions everywhere we go.

Adding solar panels is next for us which will reduce our generator run time down to around two hours of run time and then the solar panels will be able to compete the battery bank to their 90% charge state during the high sun day.

This all makes us blend in very well when camping off the power grid in the Forest areas and public camp grounds.

This is not for just camping off the power grid but also gives us an battery operated power source at home when the commercial power goes OFF during extended storms etc... A great thing to have around for us...

We have been very successful doing this for the past 5 years or so running off the power grid using our batteries. It is totally second nature now...

Roy Ken
__________________
Roy and Carolyn
I claim Horse Creek Country in Southern Ill - Momabear is from North Texas
We live in King George VA
RETIRED DOD DOAF DON CONTRACTOR Electronics Tech 42YRS

"We're burning daylight" - John Wayne
2008 STARCRAFT 14RT OFF-ROAD POPUP with PD9260C and three 85AH 12VDC batteries
2010 F150 FX4 5.4 GAS with 3.73 gears - Super Cab - Towing Package - 2KW Honda EU2000i Gen
K9PHT (since 1957) 146.52Mhz
"We always have a PLAN B"
RoyBraddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 08:38 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Adk Camper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clifton Park,NY
Posts: 337
Quote:
Originally Posted by WVDusty View Post
FWIIW the Hondas everyone raves about being so quite are inverters not generators that is why they cost so much more. I have used a Honda EU4000 inverter for emergency power at home for years and it is GREAT however for the few times we boondock camp I have a champion 4000 watt generator it is louder but works great also.
I'm with you on this Dusty, I also have the Champion 4000/3500 generator and I've ran the crap out of it with no issue but lets say it craps out,for the price of two Honda 2000's I can get 7 Champions at $300.00 a pop and I think it's safe to say that they would last for quite some time. Like Bassdogs said "You get what you pay for" and that is true but 2 Honda's for $2000.00 plus... I'll be sure I'll put them at the top of my list.
__________________
Chris
Chevrolet 2500 HD Crewcab
2013 Jay Flight 33 RLDS

Adk Camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 08:58 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Adk Camper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clifton Park,NY
Posts: 337
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoyBraddy View Post
I have the Honda 2KW EU2000i generator. Since it seems like everywhere we went camping here on the east side of the US we always ran into camp grounds with generator run time restrictions which usually would not work out if we wanted to run our air conditioners.
Roy Ken
Bingo!!!!! Thank you RoyBraddy, Point proven. So with this said what difference does it make what generator brand you have that is unless your going to try to get a little extra run time in and go against the CG's rules.

Bassdogs,Here's a first hand experience I had just last year. While camping at a State Park here in upstate NY I was camping with a friend who happens to have the 2 Honda 2000 set up and I had my Champion. When generator hrs ended at 7pm he decided to keep his running but hey lets face it their quieter than a church mouse. Around 8pm the ranger was making his rounds and decided to stop at my buddy's site and guess what? It wasn't to say hi or compliment him on how quiet his Honda's were, it was to tell him to turn the damn thing off ,generator hours are over.

So with that case alone why would I buy the Honda's over the Champion when it doesn't make a bit of difference how much quieter they are? It's not like I'm going to get any additional run time.Hmmmmm.
__________________
Chris
Chevrolet 2500 HD Crewcab
2013 Jay Flight 33 RLDS

Adk Camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 12:51 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: s. e . south Dakota
Posts: 49
IMHO quieter is better in all generator applications especially in camping situations . We commonly camp in groups at different rallys throughout the year . Hookups not available . Everyone appreciates a quiet generator in group gatherings . Nice thing about the rallys I go to if your generator is quiet you can run it all night long .
__________________

__________________
2014 seismic 3914 with full body paint
2011 'dodge ram ' 2500 6.7 Liter . Diesel , it
Still says dodge on dashboard .
2013 Can am commander 1000 cc camo xt. 2003 Harley Davidson road king
slaw32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.