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Old 02-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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which generator

What gen units would be the best to charge your 6v batteries if they needed a charge. Are the little 500w good for much? I'm thinking room and weight.

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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for just charging batteries then the 500 watt should be fine.... Most people are looking to run things like the A/C and that needs wayyyyyyy more power...
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I agree with Seann, anything from 500 to 1000 watts would do a good job. We have a 650 watt Honda and it will run the refrigerator, lights, a yard light, television, DVD player, and keep the batteries up. It will run close to 8 hours on a little over a quart of gas. It is also light and quiet.
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The best way to charge your batteries when dry camping on a generator is to purchase an automotive-type battery charger hooked directly to the batteries and power the charger off the generator. The converter in the camper only charges at a 2 - 3 amp rate (if you're lucky). Two 6 volt batteries in series equals 12 volts, so hook the charger on the positive post of one battery and the negative post on the other battery. The battery charging circuit in the generator may be 8 amps, but it is unregulated. I also found the little 6 foot leads that come with the generator meant that the generator had to be located at the hitch end by the battery and that wasn't the most convenient place for me.
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Nice idea Roy, thanks. But why a 3000 not a 2000 Honda?
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:52 PM   #6
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When I bought my Honda EU3000 seven years ago, I wanted enough power to run my trailer AC comfortably. Also I wanted something large enough to give me a little emergency power at the house here in Florida when the power is out. When camping or overnight in a truck stop, my EU3000 sits and runs under the topper on my truck and I just plug the trailer in. Because it's too heavy to take in and out, it never leaves my truck. Two EU2000's isn't a bad setup, It's just that I like the idea of leaving the generator under the topper and not having to deal with two generators.
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Thank you for that info, very helpful with my deciscion making.
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Have you given any thought to a solar panel. Very quiet. Your neighbors will love you.
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I like the idea of the solar panels. I need to find out some more info about them. Like how many watts would I need to keep 2 6 volts happy. I was looking at another members post about an 80wt solar kit. Would that be enough to keep them happy with a low power drain?

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Old 03-03-2012, 07:14 AM   #10
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I'm no expert but about 100 watts of solar for every 100 amp hours of battery.

Look for a post by Rustic Eagle with many solar/battery links. Very useful.

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