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Old 11-05-2015, 01:16 PM   #21
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Can anyone talk about an aftermarket generator? I see 3's has a Yahmaha EF 3000iSEB. I can't see paying $5500 for the 5500w Cummins from Jayco. I won't be in a "primitive" setting that often to justify the $$$. However, in the event that I may have to be with out shore power, what size is suffice? Our 375BHFS will have the 23cuft residential fridge and two 15k ac units. I know I can always run the fridge off of LP also but for the sake of words, let's consider worst case scenario type of need... Again, thanks in advance.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:33 PM   #22
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You would only be paying 5500 if you were paying list price for your unit. I would hope you would be paying at least 30% of msrp. Shop around.
The residential fridge does not run on LP. It runs off the inverter when not on shore power.
I'm no help with generators because I don't have one yet. I'm torn between solar and a Honda EU2000. Very rarely I don't have shore power.

I have 2 Trojan T105's I'm leaning to 2 more Trojans and solar.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:56 PM   #23
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Thank you for the feedback, it is greatly appreciated!!

Question on towing -Do you have either Timbrens or airbags or is your truck stock? We are thinking we should probably get one or the other, just haven't decided which.
Everything is stock on my truck and it sits perfectly level.
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:14 PM   #24
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You would only be paying 5500 if you were paying list price for your unit. I would hope you would be paying at least 30% of msrp. Shop around.
The residential fridge does not run on LP. It runs off the inverter when not on shore power.
I'm no help with generators because I don't have one yet. I'm torn between solar and a Honda EU2000. Very rarely I don't have shore power.

I have 2 Trojan T105's I'm leaning to 2 more Trojans and solar.
I'm almost scared to ask for anything else from the dealer we ordered ours from. When we built ours, it MSRP'd at about the high side of $86k and working two dealers against each other, I was able to get it for $58k.
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I owned the genny before I ever owned a 5'er and it has served me well with both 50A units. If you got the Norcold fridge then don't even worry about the genny. If you got a Samsung or whatever brand electric fridge with the invertor then you will need something to charge your batteries. Supposedly it's an 18hr run time on one 12V battery.

If you treat the genny the same as you do a 30A post then you will be fine. One AC, no micro and run the gas appliances as such. There are some Champion units out there everyone seems to like, but make sure it's quiet or if in a public CG you might be asked to shut it down.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:46 PM   #26
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And there's my crossroad... IF... I use a generator... It's going to be in an area where the only thing I'm going to piss off is a black bear or chipmunk. Either one can stay away regardless.
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:58 AM   #27
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My 2 cents is to skip the genny since it's a rarity for you. Since you have solar prep look at doing that as well. You will increase your pin weight and always be lugging that genny around.

Also did you get a quote from RV Direct to confirm your low quotes? Seems that you did good though.
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Thanks 3's- I think you're on the right track with the solar power.
RVDirect got back to me but their MSRP was lower than the dealer's and so was their selling price. The offset didn't warrant anymore effort on my part and I would have to pick it up 900 miles away. Thanks for the website though it may be helpful in the future. Some of the the other options we opted for, but haven't listed in other posts are, the heat pump, dual pane tinted glass, hide-a-bed sofa in the bunkhouse.
I sure do appreciate these forums and all you seasoned guys that provide insight for us rookies.
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Slide awnings are a big plus and something we optd for on this unit. Did all the above excet the dual panes. Larger fridge, hide a bed, convection micro, second AC, heat pump, high gloss sides, mor ryde, electric cord reel and door entry. Did not do the ground control at the time since it was still 1.0 Attwood with issues and they have since gone through 2 versions and new supplier. I don't miss it. We're level and setup within 35 minutes having an adult beverage now that we have it down.

What's your TV?

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