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Old 04-25-2015, 07:38 AM   #1
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What Generator to buy?

I just purchased my first TT, a 2015 Jayco 23RB.

I need to know what size Generator to buy to power the entire trailer including AC.

Does anyone have experience with this that can suggest a size. I am going to get a Honda due to reliability and noise reduction.

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Old 04-25-2015, 07:49 AM   #2
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Lots of info on JOF about generators. Many members like the twin 2000w configuration because it allows them to only carry and run one gen set when they need less power.

Basic concept to consider is this. OHMs law says: Wattage, divided by Volatge equals amperage.

A 2000 watt generator producing 120 volts, will provide 16.6 amps. If you used it to its maximum, it will be bogged down, and have a very short life span.

Your AC unit, for example, probably draws 12-14 amps at the moment it starts, and needs 10-12 amps to run.

Altitude will diminish the gen sets capacity by 15-20%

Remember that if you are close to capacity running the AC unit, you won't be able to use the microwave at the same time


To run a AC unit, you should be considering a 3000watt or larger, hence the frequent references to twin 2000 watt units ( that sync with each other to become a 4000 w service )
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:00 AM   #3
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Congratulations on the new TT. Although we have a Greyhawk, from what I have read the towable folks think most highly of Honda generators for their reliability and (relatively) low noise level. I wish Greyhawks came with a Honda instead of the Onan.

I have a tri-fuel 8 KW Honda generator for backup power to run the well pump, fridge, etc. at the stick house. I could have bought a cheaper generator, but the Honda was worth some extra bucks. The last thing I want to have to do is to fuss with a balky generator.
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I have two 2000 Honda's. They are great. They connect together to make the 4000 very easily and when the do you have more then enough power to do what you need. Like jmooney said you don't always need both. I was camping last weekend, temps going down to 30 at night and highs of 50, obviously no ac required and the one did just fine. Had to pack less, it's very light, great on gas. I wouldn't change a thing.
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If you are set on HONDA, then visit their site keep your eyes open for their periodic sales and their financing. We made our purchases in December and got a great deal (sale, freebies, financing). We purchased through a dealer who also did a great set-up and readiness before we picked-up our purchase. Some of their dealers also do rental so you can 'test it out' first.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:17 AM   #6
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Thank you for all the great and helpful information

We are excited to get started RVing!
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:35 AM   #7
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One more thing i'd add is if you live in Canada make sure you get your 2000's in the states. For some reason Canadian dealers can't sell them with parallel ports or connections. Really weird!
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OK so the key to the twin 2000 setup is the parallel ports? I like the 2-2000 idea.
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Yeah, you have to buy an extra cable, 50$ if i remember correctly and they plug into each genny. on mine you need a flat screw driver to connect the ground and you are good to go.
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And don't overlook competitive models to the Honda... such as Yamaha, Champion, Generac, et al. Last month, Costco had the 3100W Champion Inverter on sale for $699. That's a heck of a deal considering I paid $1000 for a 2000w Honda from Wise Sales (which has great prices).
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