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Old 07-02-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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Generator choice

Want to get a generator ample enough to charge my batteries, maybe run a few small appliances, etc. i don't want to have one that drives people crazy with noise so quieter is better. We have a 2012, Eagle Lite 31.5 RLTS. Recommendations?
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:03 PM   #2
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For me it's the Honda EU2000i Inverter Generator. Absolutely the best 2000 watt generator on the market, but not cheap. I also have the EU2000i companion which when connected together produces nearly 4000 watts. No other generator is quitter. Lot of others out there and its really a personal choice - $$'s, quality and longevity.

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We chose the Yamaha model simply because of construction differences with the Honda. Both are very quite and I believe you would be happy with either brand.
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I agree with Lolead. We looked at Hondas and Yamahas at a dealer that carried both. Salesman told me that both have been reliable. Like the Honda, the Yamaha can be paired with another to produce 4000 watts. 2000 is not enough to run an air conditioner.

The Yamaha is quiet and was $100 less expensive than the Honda.

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Want to get a generator ample enough to charge my batteries, maybe run a few small appliances, etc. i don't want to have one that drives people crazy with noise so quieter is better. We have a 2012, Eagle Lite 31.5 RLTS. Recommendations?
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Just so you are aware... the inverter generators will charge your TT batteries through the TT converter (edit). If you are not plugging your TT into the generator, you will need a separate battery charger to charge batteries efficiently. The generator's 12v outlet doesn't supply enough amperage for efficient battery charging.
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Thanks for the feedback. With a generator would I not plug in and the batteries charge just as with shore power? I have not heard of the term inverter generator before.
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Thanks for the feedback. With a generator would I not plug in and the batteries charge just as with shore power? I have not heard of the term inverter generator before.
Yes. Just use the generator like shore power. That will charge your RV batteries. I just wasn't sure it was your RV you had in mind when you said 'charge my batteries and maybe run a few small appliances.'

Inverter generators are the quiet, portable kind you want - Yamaha, Honda, etc. The large, heavy, noisy construction generators are what you don't want.
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Inverter generators produce very clean and usually sine wave quality AC power ( perfect 120 volts at 60 cycles ). Very good for sensitive electronics ( TVs , computers ) and will self monitor the quality of the power and shut down the load if needed.
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I believe what oldmanAZ meant to say was "converter", not inverter. The converter in you unit converts 110V AC to 12V DC which runs all of the low voltage lights in and round our TT, fifth wheels, etc. Your converter also maintains your batteries from the 110V shore power source. Converters and inverters are often confused in RV forums. An inverter on the other hand produces 110V AC from a 12V source. Hope this helps.
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I have 2 Honda 2000's and absolutely love them. First pull starts and very quiet. I have never run the Yamaha but I don't doubt they are just as good, I've just been a Honda guy a long time. They are what we have on our trucks at work too and get put through the ringer and still run great.
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