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Old 09-19-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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Generator Selection

Please advise as to generator selection: Output capacity? Decibel range? Weight? Run time?

Our dry camp fishing trips are in jeopardy do to campfire smoke if Iím unable to remedy my Bayou-Brideís respiratory difficulty.

Application: 20 foot, 2015 Jayco Swift, with microwave, air conditioner, refrigerator/freezer unit? CPAP [continuous positive airway pressure mask] machine?

Does one add the total A/C consumption capacity of the lights and appliances?

Does one use the 35 amp capacity of the TT to select a generator?

2000? 3000? More? Less?

Comment: Canít figure out why campers must ignite large fires and lay down smoke screens. Lived in bush Alaska for much of my adult life. We lit less-are-more fires. Our camp fires were hot enough to cook and make coffee. We didnít light the huge fires that weíre experiencing with fish camping in the lower 48 states.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:51 AM   #2
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To run your AC and microwave and your various other draws , you will need a an inverter type generator in the 3000 watt range. Honda, Yamaha and Champion all make a generator that will get the job done. Honda and Yamaha are both in the $2000 price range. They have a long history of being very reliable and dependable. Champion is much cheaper but early reports give them very high marks. They cost in the $800 price range.
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Comment: Can’t figure out why campers must ignite large fires and lay down smoke screens. Lived in bush Alaska for much of my adult life. We lit less-are-more fires. Our camp fires were hot enough to cook and make coffee. We didn’t light the huge fires that we’re experiencing with fish camping in the lower 48 states.

Large smoky campfires seem to be the norm in a lot of places. I think a lot of folks just don't know how to build an efficient fire. Plus, for some unknown reason, they feel it's necessary to heap on all their garbage too. The only solution I've found is to stay in commercial campgrounds that don't allow fires.
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:34 PM   #4
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I use a Champion 3100 invertor generator and it has been great so far. I have used mine to run my compressor and saws too. This generator will run the AC unit and Microwave but I would not run both at the same time. This gen has 3100 peak watts and runs at 2800 watts. I got it for $799.00 at Costco. They have gone up about $100.00 since I bought mine. I am extremely happy with it.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:25 PM   #5
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We use one "2000watt" & one "2000watt companion"Inverter generators. Hook them together will provide enough power for most needs. Can run only one air conditioner at a time. Very quiet, weight about 43 lbs., easy to move in and out of truck. Looked at several generators, these were the best I found. About $1,000.00 & $1,200.00 for companion. Pricing varies slightly depending on where you look.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:27 PM   #6
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Go to a generator manufactures web site, most of them have a guide on buying generators. Once you work out how big etc check the web for one that fits the bill.
Some generators can be hooked together to double their out put.
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Using the Honda EU2000i inverter & it's EU2000i companion, parallel together easily runs my AC if needed. Mostly I use just 1 for all other camping needs. Light weight & quiet. Visit on line retailer Wise Sales, many choices good pricing & service. Yamaha & Honda Generators | Lawn Mowers & Power Equipment | Wise Sales

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Old 09-19-2015, 07:24 PM   #8
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I just bought a Champion 3100 with remote start for $980.00 shipped.It will run my 15000 btu air conditioner. I bought this instead of another honda 2000i to run in parallel.I think the remote start will be a nice feature. I don't think it is much louder than the 2000i.
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Your trailer is designed for 30 amps max. Two Honda or Yamaha 2000 watt generators will be all you will need, as well as a parallel kit. You will need both for the a/c, the rest of your things will run on one.

They are very portable at 44 lbs each. I like the Yamaha gens as they have a fuel shut off which allows the carb to run out of fuel to keep it from being gunked up.
Got mine at Wise as well.
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I have 2 Honda 2000 connected in parallel. Gives you 4000. Or 2000
Hondas are the best
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