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Old 12-09-2012, 09:42 AM   #21
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Here is an alternate to a noisy stinky generator.. (even the hondas are noisy to many of us) GO SOLAR.. you can start with a small system and expand as you need it... just get a large charge controller so you dont have to keep replacing that... start with one or two 135 watt panels and then expand as you need more... I have been on solar for 5 years now ... I only fire up the gen I have to "exercise" it... I may stop carrying it altogether next summer.

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:05 PM   #22
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What with the run time rugulations and the expense involved.
Wouldnt it be just the same to run the motor for an hour and charge the batteries that way?
Or is that not enough time to get a good charge?

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:44 PM   #23
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An hour from the TV 7pin would do very little to charge the TT batteries.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:56 PM   #24
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I have an MH the battery is charge by the motor while driving.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:09 PM   #25
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Cekkk, you do not state what you want to run/operate on the new generator. If all you want is to charge your batteries, I am in agreement with CJames. Using your 7 pin connector in about an hour and half I can get about another 24 hours of use, but you will not get the battery(s) up to 90%, if you had them drained way down. If you want to watch tv and run the AC, then that is a different story.

If you are going to use the TV to charge the battery(s), it is best to use a GOOD jumper cable, with heavy gauge wire (00). A light weight jumper cable is not much better than using your 7 pin connector.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:36 AM   #26
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I love my Honda, it gets used camping at race tracks a couple times a year so it runs for hours straight for days on end. It powers everything that I need it to and does it quietly while sipping gas. Yes it is heavy, but I can manage to move it myself if needed but more often than not I have someone to help me (that is if I take it out of my bed to run it).
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:53 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by rog4kneer View Post
Only for information, not recommend since it is new. Ryobi just introduced a new 2K generator inverter with wheels for 599.00 dollars. It weighs in I believe at around 55 lbs. I have had great results with all of mr Ryobi tools and am bidding my time to see more reviews on this product. Think the noise level is near 7 decibels higher than Honda. But looking at a price tag of 1 grand for Honda or Yamaha I sure can use other places to spend the extra 400 dollars.check out you tube they have a side by side evaluation of both units. Good luck with your decision making and most of all HAPPY TRAILERING.
7db is considerable. 10db difference is nearly double in perceived loudness... Not saying it's a bad unit, but just saying....

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Old 11-15-2013, 11:13 AM   #28
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Am in same situation you are. Like the honda or yamaha because everyone seems to rate these as the best. Recently I notice that Ryobi has a 2.2K generator/inverter that weighs in at about 55lbs and has wheels. Ratings are coming back as very good. About half the cost of the Honda and Yamaha. Personally I will take a look at that one also. Only making you aware.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:24 PM   #29
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I'm going to get a portable generator, but I don't know which one yet.

For me the number one thing in a generator for camping is how quiet it is and weight. We have one that we use at the hunting shack from Pep Boys that has been great over the years . The only thing is its a little loud if you were to camp with other campers I wouldn't want to disturb their piece and quiet. I have a Yamaha 2400 that I have had for five years now but rarely use it quiet !! The key is what do you want and what do you want to spend ? Everyone's needs are different.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #30
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I have 2 Honda 2000i. Hondas are very quiet; as long as there is ambient noise. Boondocking with no other manmade noises; they are loud!

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