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Old 10-21-2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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Generator Brand and Size

I am thinking about purchasing a generator for camping. I have a 2014 jayco 24rbs. I would like to be able to run the ac if necessary with a few lights. How many watts would i need?

What brands are quiet enough to run in the campsites? Good place to purchase with best prices?


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Old 10-21-2013, 07:36 AM   #2
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For brands you'll find folks either chime in about the Hondas or the Yamahas.

Make sure you get a inverter type; they are the quietest and have the cleanest power. They are also among the most expensive however.

To spin up your A/C you'll probably want 2400 wants minimum. That's either two Honda EU2000is in parallel or one Yamaha 2400 (and bunch of letters than I can't remember). Benefit of the Hondas over the Yamaha is for those times you don't need the AC you have the option of only bringing one of the Hondas. I did this over last weekend, where I only brought the Honda EU2000i Companion with me to run the trailer and keep the battery topped off since we didn't need the A/C. The Yamaha is more convenient for summer A/C usage but is significantly heavier than a single Honda EU2000i.

I have always found Wise Sales to be decent. Check them out online.

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Old 10-21-2013, 07:54 AM   #3
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If I could afford it, I'd buy 2 honda 2000i and the parallel cord.
My BIL has this setup and it's very nice. About 50 lbs each and quiet.

The complete package is about $2,000


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Old 10-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #4
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I have two Hondas. I bought them not only for the brand reputation, but also the weight. Generators in the 2500 to 3000 size come in at or above a hundred pounds, more than I want to lift. Very fuel efficient. I found Mayberrys was cheaper than wise. I also bought an extended run tank.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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I also have the 2 Honda EU2000i units with a 6 gallon extended run tank that feeds both generators. I have used this set up in the pits at Bristol Dragway in August. No shade in the pits. 56 hours on 11 gallons of gas. LOTS of air conditioner use.

As others have stated when you don't need to run the air conditioner 1 generator works fine.

Best, quietest, most versatile and reliable set up all around.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #6
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I have the Champion 3100w unit. It is half the price of the Honda 3000w unit, but runs at 62db while powering my 13.5 ac unit. If you want the quietest unit buy the Honda. If you want relatively quiet and cheap, get the Champion.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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I have a Honda EU3000is that runs my 13.5k btu A/C just fine. The genny sips fuel and is very quiet, as others have mentioned though it is heavy. If I am feeling lazy I run it from the bed of my truck, if I will be running it often I put it somewhere where the exhaust is not facing any of my neighbors to keep the noise down. I bought mine from Mayberrys.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:08 PM   #8
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I have two Yamaha EF2000is generators. They will run everything in the trailer, but not everything at the same time. They are 30 amps combined, which is the service rating for the trailer, and are #44 each. The 2400 watt Yamaha may or may not run your a/c based on other posts I have seen.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:46 PM   #9
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I'm running a Yamaha EF3000iSEB. 2800W continuous, 3000W for 20 min, 3500W for 10 seconds.
Electric start and you can get a remote start option.
Keep in mind that the generator will lose 3% of it's power for every 1000' of elevation.
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I'm not running any generators.......

This hobby keeps me too broke to buy one!!!!!

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