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Old 05-31-2020, 11:20 AM   #1
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We just purchased a new 2020 Jayco Eagle HT 30.5 CKTS. We are “newbies” and would appreciate any information regarding generators. It is wired for a built-in generator. Our sales person is saying we need a 5500 watt and is recommending a Cummins Onan. Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions.
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Welcome to the forum. Sorry I can't help with your question, but I'm sure you will get some great responses soon.
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Welcome to the forum. Great idea to ask others. You should get a lot of good feedback.
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Welcome to the forum.

We were also generator prep. Because I wanted to make sure I had more than sufficient power, we purchased an Onan 7000. I can safely run the residential refrigerator, 2 a/cs, microwave, coffee maker, blow dryer and of course, the television or radio. Was it over kill? Probably but I didn't want to have to shut down anything - just one more thing this old brain would have to remember. And our Onan runs off gasoline.

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Welcome from Wisconsin. Congrats and enjoy your 2020 Jayco Eagle HT 30.5 CKTS.
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First question, how are you going to use the new 5ver? Are you planning to always use full hook up campsites? Like to boondock? Take long trips and overnight in parking lots as you go from point A to point B?

Many people do just use a portable genny, that is just big enough to ensure they can run one AC and the residential frig. Others say forget it. Others again install an on board genny. Just a heads up, on board genny's are really expensive, but handy. You can also always add one later. too.
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More power is never a problem if you can afford it. Onan is a well known and popular brand. It will be used when you do not have hookups. Some people believe that is too much like camping and never do it. Others are never in campgrounds and prefer to avoid the crowds. How you camp will determine if you even need one and if you do, how big.
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Thank you! I’m excited to have knowledgeable people who are willing to share that knowledge with “newbies” like us.
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First question, how are you going to use the new 5ver? Are you planning to always use full hook up campsites? Like to boondock? Take long trips and overnight in parking lots as you go from point A to point B?

Many people do just use a portable genny, that is just big enough to ensure they can run one AC and the residential frig. Others say forget it. Others again install an on board genny. Just a heads up, on board genny's are really expensive, but handy. You can also always add one later. too.
We were thinking to go to campgrounds with hookups but, unfortunately, most of the campgrounds in Northern AZ do not have hookups. KOAs are full so we are checking some of the privately owned parks. Again, being 1st time RVers, we so appreciate the feedback and advice.
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We were also generator prep. Because I wanted to make sure I had more than sufficient power, we purchased an Onan 7000. I can safely run the residential refrigerator, 2 a/cs, microwave, coffee maker, blow dryer and of course, the television or radio. Was it over kill? Probably but I didn't want to have to shut down anything - just one more thing this old brain would have to remember. And our Onan runs off gasoline.

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Thank you, Donna. I have a feeling we’ll need all the luck we can get along with any advice.
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We are pretty new ourselves. Mostly, we stay in campgrounds with shore power, but we do have two portable 2200 watt gens that run parallel with one another. We got a great deal on them, and they are super quiet.
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We are pretty new ourselves. Mostly, we stay in campgrounds with shore power, but we do have two portable 2200 watt gens that run parallel with one another. We got a great deal on them, and they are super quiet.
I was just going to mention something like this.

I would look at the cost of installing an ONAN 5500 like the dealer recommended, and then look at the cost of a pair of smaller inverter generators that can be run in parallel.

I'm betting you'll find that the inverter generators will be a lot cheaper. Plus they'll be a lot QUIETER. I'm not sure the on-board Onans should get to use the word "quiet" in their names ("Micro-Quiet"? LOL!! Right!). The 4KW in my motorhome is almost as loud as the open-cage Champion 3750 contractor generator I used with my travel trailer.

Plus you'll get more flexibility. If you don't need to be running the AC units, you can just run one generator. Quieter, saves fuel, etc... If you need to use the generator for something else (like say, running a hammer drill to drill T-post holes in the middle of nowhere in West TX? Or running a parade float? Or running your fridge/freezer during a power outage? ... ask me how I know...) you can use it for that. An on-board generator is a "one-trick pony".

Let me put it this way: If the Onan in my motorhome ever dies a permanent death, I'm going to be looking at alternatives in the inverter generator world.
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A 5500 will be plenty to run everything. That is what came with our PINNACLE and we never had a problem.
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5500 watt is plenty of generator but is considerably more expensive and louder than portable options as others have already mentioned. I think your best bet is to gain experience and clarity will come as you expose yourself to the community. You don't know what you don't know! Your questions and answers will come with that experience. All the best in your journey.
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:46 PM   #19
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We are discussing all the options and mulling over all the helpful advice. May do as a few have suggested and just get a few camping trips under our belt and see what we need.

One concern I have is how noisy and how much vibration will there be when we will technically be sleeping over the genny (learning the lingo)

Again, thank you all for your advice. It truly is greatly appreciated!
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