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Old 10-05-2015, 06:46 PM   #1
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Choosing a generator

I'm researching for a generator to take along when we go boondocking. There are some places where I go ride that aren't even camp grounds and therefore no hookups of course.

I'm currently considering the Champion 46596 4000-Watt Portable Generator.

I don't expect to run the AC off this, but would like to be able to run the furnace if it's an especially cold morning. I'm wondering if anyone has any thought on this one and if there is anything else I need to know or purchase to be able to utilize a generator with my trailer.

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Does the furnace even run off AC? I thought most trailers only had propane furnaces?

Afraid I don't have much insight as I'm a newbie myself, but by all accounts I don't think you should have too much trouble with 4000 watts to use. I expect you could run the AC and Microwave both with it simultaneously.

It will be pretty loud, though. I have two of the Honda EU2000i generators that run in tandem together to make a total of 4000 W peak. They are much quieter, albeit enormously more expensive.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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Does the furnace even run off AC? I thought most trailers only had propane furnaces?

Afraid I don't have much insight as I'm a newbie myself, but by all accounts I don't think you should have too much trouble with 4000 watts to use. I expect you could run the AC and Microwave both with it simultaneously.

It will be pretty loud, though. I have two of the Honda EU2000i generators that run in tandem together to make a total of 4000 W peak. They are much quieter, albeit enormously more expensive.
The heat of the furnace runs off propane, the fan that pushes the hot air through the furnace and into the trailer is electric.
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The fan on the furnace should be running off the battery and not AC. It is a bit of a drain on the batteries if it is being used for any length of time though so you would be looking to use the generator to keep the batteries charged adequately.
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The fan on the furnace should be running off the battery and not AC. It is a bit of a drain on the batteries if it is being used for any length of time though so you would be looking to use the generator to keep the batteries charged adequately.
I know that if I'm not hooked up it will run from the batteries although I have idea what the draw might be. Thinking realistically as you mentioned the generator is for keeping the batteries charged up and going.
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Regarless of brand get an inverter type generator.

1000w if just charging battery, cell phone, iDevice, etc.
2000w if you want most 120v accessories in your trailer to work
3000w-4000w if you want air conditioning.
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The 2800 watt/3000watt Champion Inverter/generator runs the A/C with ease. You can buy this unit at Cosco at a third of the Honda's. Parts are easy to get when needed. Main Champion main office is in CA
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Although you may not want the Honda generator, check out their site. They have a nice calculator to estimate generator size for RVs based on what you plan to run.

Now my personal commercial. But the Honda EU series. Quiet. Reliable. Fuel efficient.
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I read up on the inverter generators and they are nice but a little over twice the price from a standard gas generator. Well out of my range for now.
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Although you may not want the Honda generator, check out their site. They have a nice calculator to estimate generator size for RVs based on what you plan to run.

Now my personal commercial. But the Honda EU series. Quiet. Reliable. Fuel efficient.
I will check that out, thanks!
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