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Old 04-21-2011, 09:13 PM   #11
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If you see yourself doing a far amount of "boondocking" in the future, you may also want to consider up-grading from the single 12V Marine/RV battery to two 6V Deep Cycle batteries. More amp/hours available and they will take more dis-charge/charge cycles. More efficient when used with a generator or solar system.

In process of installing two 6V Deep Cycle batteries in my Jayco as we speak.

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Old 04-21-2011, 10:04 PM   #12
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If you see yourself doing a far amount of "boondocking" in the future, you may also want to consider up-grading from the single 12V Marine/RV battery to two 6V Deep Cycle batteries. More amp/hours available and they will take more dis-charge/charge cycles. More efficient when used with a generator or solar system.

In process of installing two 6V Deep Cycle batteries in my Jayco as we speak.

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You really need to go out with your trailer a few times before you make a decision to buy a generator. That way you will have more of an idea what you will need. You might even try renting one for a few days to get some idea.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:19 AM   #14
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:51 PM   #15
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Just got back with trailer from picking it up. They installed two batteries. I forgot to ask if they are 6v or 12v. Guess I will be looking at them. I still plan on a generator.
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Ok if we decide to go with a generator, what is the maximum amount of watts we should get. The AC is 13.5 btu. I have read where you take the amps (30) times 12 which would mean we need a 36K watt generator. Will anything be harmed if we go larger with say a 4K or a 5K? Not sure the wallet will allow a quiet one after buying the TT. Thanks in advance.
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Generators are like trucks. You can't go too big. Just because a generator can make 4000 watts dosen't mean you have to use that many watts. You can go to small and bog the generator down and damage things.
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Generators are like trucks. You can't go too big. Just because a generator can make 4000 watts dosen't mean you have to use that many watts. You can go to small and bog the generator down and damage things.
What you say would be true except the larger you go, the more room needed to haul it and the more fuel you will use hauling it. Also, a generator that is sized way too large could put your tt and/or tv overweight. Cost of the unit also has to be factored in; what's the point of spending more for far more capacity when you really don't need it? In the case of a portable, it needs to be small enough to allow it to be moved without risk of injury. This is a highly variable factor since people's strength and health varies widely. Fuel consumption is higher with a larger unit, even when being run at low speed.

At the same time, as you mentioned, an undersized unit would be a waste of money since you will overload it, damaging or destroying the unit, and the resultant low voltage that could occur will destroy or damage your appliances. You have to evaluate what loads are essential and what they draw (don't forget starting current for appiances with motors) then allow a bit more for a safety margin. When using the generator, you must make sure only the essential appliances are being used to avoid overloading.
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Sizing a generator has a lot to do with your energy use habits. If you don't plan on using your A/C or Micro, a single 2000W unit may be just the right size (would meet my needs). Many generator users claim that if you plan to use the A/C, then a 3000W minimum is highly recommend for better overall efficiency.

Many folks will purchase two 2,000W units with one unit being a companion generator (ie.; Honda). One recommended source: http://www.wisesales.com/HondaGenNEW.html
Honda and Yamaha seem to be popular brands being lite weight and quiet.

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It dosen't take much to run the trailer lights, refrigerator and television. We have a small Honda 650 watt generator and have used it for over 20 years. Needless to say it will not run AC, microwave, coffee pot, etc. It does work good for overnight stops without power. Also on the plus side it will run about 8 hours on a liter of gas.
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