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Old 02-09-2014, 07:20 AM   #11
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Everyone wants to run their air conditioners from a generators to cool things down when camping off the power grid.

I always like to bring up to new members that use of generators at most public camp grounds especially on the East side of the USA have restricted generator run times in place. Some places don't allow them at all. These times when allowed are usually 8AM-10AM and then again from 4:30PM to 7:30PM. Some Natl Forest public camp ground areas may also allow an extended generator run time from 8AM to 8PM but this is not always the case. Running a generator after 8PM is unheard of at most places. This doesn't give you alot of time to use the generator to cool things down when camping off the power grid. Of course at private places and mostly dispersed places you can do what ever you like I suppose.

With this in mind most folks like myself like to beef up the trailers to include to include smart mode charging technology, change out the incandescent lights for LED lights, add more batteries, develop camping with more power savings techniques in mind. Then use the generators for three hours aday to re-charge the batteries when allowed to run them using the smart mode charging techniques.

We can stay out off the power grid for a couple of weeks doing this and usually have just about everything up and running on the 120VAC side using an INVERTER and the 12VDC items direct connected to the batteries. It does take some planning to be successful about it.

This of course does not include the use of air conditioning or high wattage microwaves. We get to run all of our inside and outside lights, HDTV, home entertainment items, charging of cellphones and computers, maybe an electric lap blanket, etc... Adding SOLAR PANELs really helps out keeping the battery banks recharged during the high sun parts of the day especially aorund the camp grounds that have generator run time restrictions in place.

When cold nights come into play the use of the on-board furnace high current blower motor becomes an issue as this is big 12VDC power consumption item.

The use of generators anytime you want to is more of a problem on the East side of the USA then it is on the West side. The West side has more dispersed camping areas being wide open country then the east side of USA has it seems.

Just bringing up for things to think about before dumping bunches of money into generators. My only need for the generator is to run my on-board converter/charger unit for three hours a day to keep my larger battery bank re-charged.

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:15 AM   #12
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I have had the Yamaha 2400 is for quite a few years now. Super quite and will run a 13,500 with no problem . I did try it on a 15,000 started the blower first then the air it ran most of the day to cool the trailer down but as soon as you used anything it would kick out. On the 2400 that I have once it kicks out you have to turn off and restart to reset the breaker. It also doesn't like high starting amp items like skill saws. I really like the 3,000 size but is too heavy for me to pick up in my old age.
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snip...... My only need for the generator is to run my on-board converter/charger unit for three hours a day to keep my larger battery bank re-charged. Roy Ken
Two to three hours is ample genny run-time to re-charge and cool my TT down before the posted evening genny/quiet time kicks in. Just about every place I've camped at (East USA) that doesn't provide shore power has genny run times that seem to accommodate most folks dry camping needs.

I use the Yamaha 2400.

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Old 02-09-2014, 01:10 PM   #14
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Yes, generator run-time restrictions can be a bear. Here in Jersey the State parks allow them to run except during quiet hours; 10PM - 6AM. Which isn't too bad.
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Any problems with running 4 110 amp hour batteries? Does your charger handle all of that, or do you charge separately?
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I use a 30 amp farm/ranch charger and it does OK. Installing a Magnum Energy inverter/charger, model MSH3012-M, this Spring to enable a 4 stage charging system. Each 6 volt battery is 220 ah, but when you have series/parallel the total = 440 ah.

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I'm guessing that most of us who do have gensets, do so that we can recharge, after all, the whole idea of the campsite is to get away from all the noise and enjoy some peace and quite.

My Kipor 3000, produces 52db ( normal conversation is 60 db ) , making it almost silent at 50 feet.

I'm considering an inverter. I'll start a different string for suggestions
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I have a Yammy 2400is that will run your AC. Only disadvantage is having to rejet it when I got to altitudes above 6000'. Very quiet running and gas thrifty.
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I'm guessing that most of us who do have gensets, do so that we can recharge, after all, the whole idea of the campsite is to get away from all the noise and enjoy some peace and quite.

My Kipor 3000, produces 52db ( normal conversation is 60 db ) , making it almost silent at 50 feet.

I'm considering an inverter. I'll start a different string for suggestions

What model generator is yours? The IG3000 I researched claims 63 - 73db noise level.

http://www.kipor.com/product/xiangxi...5872256&id=208
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I'm guessing that most of us who do have gensets, do so that we can recharge, after all, the whole idea of the campsite is to get away from all the noise and enjoy some peace and quite.

My Kipor 3000, produces 62db ( normal conversation is 60 db ) , making it almost silent at 50 feet.

I'm considering an inverter. I'll start a different string for suggestions



My bad - corrected typo above. Sixty 2 db is want I meant to type, compared to 60 db normal conversation
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The Honda EU3000is runs at 58db under max load. 49 at 1/4 load.
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