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Old 09-02-2014, 03:48 PM   #1
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Generator help

I've tried searching but can't get a definitive answer. I know you've probably been over this many times but can I plug my trailer into my generator and run my AC appliances, namely the AC unit.

I have a Jayco 154BH and my generator is a Champion 3500 Watt gas generator. It's not an inverter type. It has a 30 amp receptacle.

If I cant run the fridge, can I run just basic things like the fridge, charge phones, exterior string lights? Is it unsafe to plug the trailer into the generator? Shoudl I just plug the things I want to use directly into the generator?

I appreciate any guidance with this.

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Old 09-02-2014, 03:52 PM   #2
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plug the shore cord into the generator. I would just run the fridge on gas...it hardly burns any
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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That generator will run your air conditioner. I would not recommend it for electronics. Its waveform is quite dirty. Also Champion generators of the non-inverter type are VERY noisy. Any other camper within 50 - 100 feet of you will not be a happy camper.

Inverter generators are quieter, have a cleaner waveform and electronics work much better with them.

As nbhybrid said run the refrigerator on gas. Run the water heater on gas as well.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:01 PM   #4
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I hope that you don't have neighbors. You will be the talk of the community!! Do yourself and the rest of the campground a favor and get an inverter generator as soon as you can.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:39 PM   #5
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That Champion generator will run the AC.....and appliances but not sensitive electronics. you will need an invertor generator for that. Champion has come out with the 3100 watt invertor which is way quieter than the 3500 that you have. Your 3500 is rated at 68 decibels vs 58 for the 3100..I have the 3500 and the 3100 and the difference in noise levels is huge!!...The 3500 will make you enemies in close quarters...
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:25 PM   #6
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+1 on running refer and hot water on gas setting. I would plug 30amp shore power cord into a.30amp receptacle on generator However... Inverter generator is way to go... I recently tried to run my 2006 a/c 15000btu ac unit ( 3200 w start up and 1800 w) with Champion 4000 ( 4000w start and 3500w continuous) couldn't start my AC . I ended up using two Honda Eu2000That start the unit perfectly. Clean power is key - best way to provide Clean power is by using an invertter/generator. Or install an stand alone inverter.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:18 PM   #7
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The Champion 3500/4000 generator I had would run the 15,000 a/c but like was said, it was noisy. Also if you check it the plug is 30 amp but controlled by a 25 amp circuit breaker.
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I had a Champion 3500/4000 generator with a previous camper. It's not as noisy as everyone makes it out to be. It's not nearly as noisy as one of those contractor generators. Keep it on the ground, and the noise level isn't too bad.

I used the Champion to run everything in my camper, with the following exceptions: Of the air conditioner, microwave, and hair dryer, you could only run one of the three at a time.
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I had a Champion 3500/4000 generator with a previous camper. It's not as noisy as everyone makes it out to be. It's not nearly as noisy as one of those contractor generators. Keep it on the ground, and the noise level isn't too bad.

I used the Champion to run everything in my camper, with the following exceptions: Of the air conditioner, microwave, and hair dryer, you could only run one of the three at a time.
Agree 100% with what you stated and I use mine to power everything in my 33RLDS. I don't camp at RV parks or campgrounds with electric so mine does get some use when we need it.Only powered the TV once and had no issue but then we don't go camping to watch TV either.
Just this past Labor Day weekend I counted 11 Champions at the State Park we we're at and I decided to ask the ranger if he had any complaints about screaming loud yellow generators. Guess what? Not one complaint and that's coming from a CG with 199 sites.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:52 AM   #10
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In my semi I ran a harbor freight gen (3500/4000 watt) ran a 13000 btu ac/heater and a tv, electric stove (one burner) and all my computers and had no problem. I have a 2002 grayhawk with a onan 4000 and cannot run ac and micro wave at same time. You will find out the Honda gen is about the quietest gen but the most expensive.
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