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Old 12-19-2017, 11:41 AM   #1
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generator question

The wife and I recently purchased some land and are wanting to take the camper down for some weekends. We have a jay flight 174bh slx with the little 8000 btu wall mount air. Any recommendations on a size and brand generator we would need? Thank you for any advice?
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A 2000w generator will power that size a/c just fine but it won't power much of anything else at the same time. Most go toward the quieter inverter generators made by Honda, Yamaha, and Champion. Some places have noise db restrictions so the lower the db the better, and how much you want to spend. I always stick with Honda products since they seem to last forever if taken care of.
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Agree on a 2k unit. No smaller.. You may not need the ac all the time except in summer.
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keep in mind that in addition to the AC, the microwave soaks up a lot of juice when you use it. Probably can't do both at same time, but I'm not familiar w the small AC unit.
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Tom, you might also keep in mind the expense of buying your first generator (to provide for your present needs) against a possible future need for more power. Unless you later plan to link two 'linkable' generators together to increase your power, you might think about buying something now that will give you more power than you currently need.
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:55 AM   #6
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Honda is the leader. But is also costly I still bought the Honda and link them together both running in the summer I use less then 3 gals of gas in 24 hours. That's running the air, lights, 2 TV's , radio, charging phones, laptop, Ice maker, coffee maker, blow dryer, maintaining the house battery. I can't stay in a camp ground for the price of 3 gals of gas a day. When I run just one of the two generators I use 1- 1/2 gals per day. The generators are so quite you can't hear them at 30 feet away.
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:53 AM   #7
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Honda is the leader... if you have plenty of $$$ to spend.

I went with a Champion 2000 watt inverter gen myself, at half the cost.

Harbor Freight Tools has a fine 2000 watt inverter gen, sometimes on sale for $399.

All three are good generators... just depends on how much you want to spend.
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Honda is the leader... if you have plenty of $$$ to spend.

I went with a Champion 2000 watt inverter gen myself, at half the cost.

Harbor Freight Tools has a fine 2000 watt inverter gen, sometimes on sale for $399.

All three are good generators... just depends on how much you want to spend.
As mentioned, seriously consider a 2,000 twin, meaning you can get one now, and if need arises you can pick up another twin and join them together to have full 30amp service. Ain't nothing better than that.
Honda, Yamaha are the expensive ones, Harbor Freights Predator series is growing in popularity, jury is still out on its long term reliability. Do your research,remember to consider weight when looking into generators. That's where the 2,000 ones shine. Good luck.
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Do your research,remember to consider weight when looking into generators. That's where the 2,000 ones shine. Good luck.
Really good advice here. When my wife and I were in our 20's, throwing around 150# generator was not even a thought. Fast forward a few years and the idea of 2 small ones to generate the same amout of power is suddenly a very attractive concept. As mentioned above, don't just look at your needs today, but what they could be during the lifespan of whatever you buy.
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Not bashing any brand. When we are in Alaska .The most common generator we see is the Honda. The folks there say its because they run almost forever with proper care. We went with the 2 2000 Hondas and a link kit...I am thinking Buy once cry once. Plus I have.2 fur banies who will be left in the camper at times. And I have.to trust their lives to the generators.
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