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Old 06-08-2017, 09:38 PM   #21
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How often will you be camping w/o hookups when you would need to run both A/Cs? In my opinion, 7000w's and the weight that comes with it is hard to justify if the need for that much power is infrequent.

Nearly every time I use my camper.
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Interesting, didn't know that about DB. Explains a lot.

Another point is if you're going to get a trailer with more stuff to run, you should be able to run it I guess.
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:27 AM   #23
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Nearly every time I use my camper.
That explains it then. Have to ask though since that camping pattern is not typical. I think you have answered your own ??. If you almost always need that much power, then the 7000 is probably your answer and the option of twin 3000's doesn't make much sense. For the rest of us, the twin approach makes more sense because the need for max power only happens a few times each year.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:32 AM   #24
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Update

I went yesterday and actually laid my eyes on one of these bad boys.



Not sure what the heck I was thinking but this thing is pretty big. It will definitely get the job done.

Getting dual EU3000i's would mean handling 2 separate 131lb units anyway. And cost wise 2 of these is close to or a bit more than 1 7000.

The EU3000i Handi looks great at 78 pounds, but I'm sensitive to noise level in the camp grounds.

So I'm thinking ramp the EU7000i up into the truck at home and run it from there at the campground.

I'll get a BBQ grill cover or something to disguise it in the back of the truck when I need to.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:26 AM   #25
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I went yesterday and actually laid my eyes on one of these bad boys.




So I'm thinking ramp the EU7000i up into the truck at home and run it from there at the campground.

I'll get a BBQ grill cover or something to disguise it in the back of the truck when I need to.
Pushing that thing up a ramp??? Do that twice and I will bet you will get the truck bed hoist!
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I'm fortunate to have 12 foot UTV ramps and a sloped driveway. If I park in the street and ramp off the driveway to the truck it's a much smaller incline.

You are 100% correct though in not underestimating how you're gonna get this thing around.
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Old 06-10-2017, 04:05 PM   #27
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Just started to do some dry camping. Our 7000 is a monster if you need the power. Powered both 15k ac's, residential fridge, mini fridge, and even microwave without popping any breakers.
I installed a front receiver and purchased a cargo carrier from HF with a ramp due to me not having enough clearance in the bed of my truck with my NP 377. Strapped it down pretty well and it never budged. Ramp is designed for a motorized scooter with a weight limit of 500lbs.
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Go to Harbor freight and buy a Crane that is rated to 1000 lbs. It swings away into the bed over the wheelwell. I installed mine in the back right rear corner and supported it with 1/4 in steel plate top and bottom of the bed. I believe it was $89. Hope this helps.
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Steve K Off the subject, that Generator looks like it may be blocking a lot of your air flow into your grille. Have you noticed any difference in your water temp.
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Steve K Off the subject, that Generator looks like it may be blocking a lot of your air flow into your grille. Have you noticed any difference in your water temp.
Parcany,
I thought the same thing when I used it the first time. I've been keeping a close eye on my temp gauges and did not notice any changes as of yet. Maybe with the warmer weather on the way that might be a different story. Also it's not right against the grill as it may appear in the picture but yes I'm sure it is obstructed some of the airflow.
Here is a better picture from a different angle.
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On our old Motorhome... I built a rack that slid into the hitch receiver. I used the High-Lift jack to get it on / off the rack, and the jack served other purposes too.
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We have a Yamaha 3000iSEB and did the ramp thing for a while. I got tired of wrestling with it up the ramps to get it into my truck so purchased a 120V electric hoist from Harbor Freight. I mounted the hoist in my garage so I can lift the generator and back the truck under it. Works well and my back thanks me every time I put it in the truck!

I leave the generator in the truck when we are camping and run it from there. We have a 28.5RSTS on order and I am going to put the generator between the 5th wheel hitch and the front of the bed. I currently use a heavy cable for security. I figure the cable combined with the generator weight has discouraged anyone from stealing it. At least it has worked so far.

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