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Old 06-11-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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Smarter tools generator from costco

I am thinking about getting a 2000 watt Smarter Tools generator from Costco (around $599!) for my 19H. Anyone have experience using this when dry camping? What will it power? I understand that it has a Yamaha engine. Any comments are appreciated including buying this vs. a true Yamaha or Honda.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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The reviews look good on it but you probably have a 13,500-BTU air conditioner and this gernerator/inverter wouldn't do well with it. I highly recommend you check out the Champion 3100w one.
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It is likely rated to produce 1800 watts maximum, and 2000 watts for a momentary spike

1800 divided by 115 volts is a maximum of 15.6 amps

But you will burn out your generator if you run it at 100% like that.

Expect about a 10 amp service comfortably

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900 watt Harbor Freight Generator

Will a 900 watt generator charge the battery in my X19H? What else might it run when dry camping?
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Will a 900 watt generator charge the battery in my X19H? What else might it run when dry camping?
900 watts run 5+ hours per day should keep your battery up.

It won't power your fridge, or run a microwave. You need at least 1,500 watts to do either of them. At 2,000 watts toaster, hair dryer, A/C are possible when you run them ONE-AT-A-TIME.

At 4,000 watts you can run anything, but multiple items may cause the generator's circuit breaker to trip.

A 5,000 watt genset will power any reasonable camping load.

Once you get past 6,000 watts, gensets tend to get very expensive.
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