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Old 07-11-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Question Generators

Were trying to figure out which generator to buy. Cost is a big factor. The question is can we get away with a non-enclosed generator that also is an inverter, or must we but an enclosed, more expensive, but quieter one? I want to use campgrounds.

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Old 07-11-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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I have yet to buy a generator but worked with an electrician who had a Ryobi. I think it was 2000 watt inverter generator and he paid around 600.00 for it. Was very quite but I don't know about longevity. Can buy at Home Depot.

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Old 07-11-2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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Keep the at load dB rating at 60dB or less and you will be fine. IMO the best option is find a used Honda EU2000, mine came from Craigslist for $600. Both Yamaha and Honda 2k watt inverter gensets are 53-58dB, 58 is getting a bit loud for a campground with low ambient noise.

FWIW dB increases exponentially. 63dB is twice as loud as 53dB. If you get into the low coat ~65dB generators you are really making no friends.
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I use a Yamaha 2000 and have had other campers complement me on how quiet it is.
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:48 AM   #5
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Before you buy one, be sure to figure out how many watts you're going to need to power the things you want to run. A 2,000 watt generator will not run a 13,500 AC unit.

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Old 07-12-2014, 06:46 AM   #6
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Yep, we know. We've been bothering Jayco, the dealer and their techs and you guys to help figure it out. My hubby is very technologically savvy.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #7
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We do alot of camping off the power grid so found out real quick that use of generators here on the East side of the US all seems to have generator run time restrictions. There is minimal places here on the east side that allows dispersed style of camping at public places. Private places and maybe NASCAR is about the only place we ran into that allowed generators being run 24/7....

With that in mind we decided to beef up our trailer with smart mode charging capability, added more batteries, changed out things like LIGHTS to LED lights that draw less current etc. We figured out what we really wanted to have running when camping off the power grid and increased our battery bank to support power consumption until 8AM the next morning.

The only time we run our 2KW Honda EU2000i Generator is each morning starting at 8AM when allowed to run our to generator to re-charge our battery bank. By connecting the shore power cable directly to the generator and using smart mode charging we can re-charge our battery bank from its run down 50% charge state to its 90% charge state in around three hours generator run time.

Now we are good to do all of this all over again for the next day/night run off the batteries.

Of course this does not allow us to use our air conditioner and some other high wattage appliances but being in the woods usually trumps that anyway...

works great for us since 2009 using this camping style. Next thing for us is add some solar panels to cut down on the use of the generator some.

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Coming from experience, definitely a invertor generator, you need to stay under 60 dbs or you will not have many friends. Go as big as you can to meet your needs in the future. I have owned cheap generators....they are noisy and generally are unreliable. I now have the Champion 2000 invertor as well as their newest model, the 3100. In my opinion, these generators are way cheaper than the Honda and Yamaha and run really well. They are not noisy, they run at 53 ang 58 dbs respectfully @ 23 ft
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:42 AM   #9
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Thank you all for your input. We were leaning towards the Champion 3100. Dealer told us he is sending us back money as he overcharged on the registration. So we will use that money towards a decent generator. I think we are just about ready to pick it up. Hitch is on.

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I bought the champion Inverter 2000 watt. The sound rating is 53 dBA. I paid $530 Canadian, Shipping included from costco. I have been using it 4 seasons now with no issues.

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