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Old 08-16-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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Portable Generators ?

Has anyone bought a portable generator for their fifth wheel, to run the a/c and etc. I am in the process of looking for one and have considered the Honda carb compliant but I don't want to get one that is undersized. And I really don't care to have to buy two and tandem them together. Also It would be nice if the thing didn't weigh 250 pounds. My trailer is set up to run on a 30 amp service and I know there are some calculations I need to consider (but where to start) and I'm not planning on running every single light and appliance all at one time. So any suggestions or anyone that has one sure would be helpful.

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Old 08-16-2015, 08:14 PM   #2
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I purchased the Champion 3100 watt inverter generator. It has the 30amp RV plug and will not have any problems running the A/C in your 5th Wheel.

Dollar for dollar it is one of the best buys for an inverter generator. I got mine at Costco on sale for $699 with free shipping.

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I also have the Champion 3100 & so far so good. Starts first time & runs everything....Very pleased.
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:16 PM   #4
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The most bullet proof and quietest unit is the 3000 watt Honda. But it weights about 140 lb. Gcloss is right about Champion inverter type. Dollar for dollar they are probably the best value over all and they weigh in at about 85 lb.. I probably have a better perspective then most. I own all 3 generators. A 3000 Honda, a 2000 watt Champion and I just bought a 3100 Champion. Both Champions had issues right out of the box. Both needed some minor repair but when I got past that they performed satisfactorily. (that may be a little premature on the 3100 as I have only had it 3 weeks). The Honda is 11 years old and I just had the first service work done on it last month beyond normal maintenance. The reason that I just bought the Champion is because weighs substantial less then the Honda and I'm getting too damn old to handle it. Longevity and durability wise, its tough to beat a Honda. I think for most RVers, the Champions will get the job done!!
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:24 PM   #5
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I got the Honda EU6500is for my fifth wheel. It will run both air conditioners, the microwave, and a hair dryer, all at the same time. I viewed the generator as an investment, and I intend for it to last me a lifetime. It fits in my basement.
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We have the Champion 4000 watt generator. It weighs about 100lbs. Is CARB compliant and does the job well. We have to use a 30amp adapter on the end of our 50amp cord, but no problems. We bought ours on Amazon for less than $400 last year. It is also remote start.
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Champion 3100 here and no issues with it ......dollar for dollar it is tough to beat. I have about 60 hours on it so far with no issues.
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The best part I like about having the two Hondas is the size for storing in a compartment and the low weight factor making them easier to carry one at a time.
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We have the Champion 4000 watt generator. It weighs about 100lbs. Is CARB compliant and does the job well. We have to use a 30amp adapter on the end of our 50amp cord, but no problems. We bought ours on Amazon for less than $400 last year. It is also remote start.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:05 PM   #10
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WOW, thanks for all the quick feedback, and INPUT. I have to admit I have always looked at the Honda's, but never really cared for the price. And Ela1948 I agree, I really don't want to lug around 140# generator. It sure seems like the Champion is becoming a strong Contender.

Thanks again everyone for the feedback I really Appreciate it
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