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Old 01-24-2018, 01:57 PM   #1
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Best Inverter generator for 30 amp service

I'm looking for suggestions/ testimonials for a generator/ inverter to buy to power our travel trailer (30 amp service). I'd like a quiet generator without overspending. Gasoline only is fine (isn't it?). Not too heavy. If you are not happy with one you've used (or know fellow campers who've used) I'd like to hear about that, too.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:13 PM   #2
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Do a search for Honda or Yamaha on this site. You will get lot of opinions. Decide if you are quality or price driven.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:25 PM   #3
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I see you have 2 posts... Welcome!

Lots of opinions and thousands of posts about which is "best."
A search of this site will give you unlimited opinions.

Keep in mind, a 30a service is 3600w total.
That's about as big an inverter type generator you'll find.

Also... you did mention generator/inverter... were you referring to an inverter generator or a generator and a stand alone inverter?
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:28 PM   #4
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[...] Decide if you are quality or price driven.
You also should decide if you think quality and price are mutually exclusive features, as the above post would seem to imply.

I don't own a generator. If I buy, it will be Champion. I can't find any contemporary reviews that would suggest there's a significant quality difference. At the very least, the gap has closed so far that the 2x price premium of red and blue exclude them from my consideration (awesome units, though).

Good luck.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:44 PM   #5
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I'm looking for suggestions/ testimonials for a generator/ inverter to buy to power our travel trailer (30 amp service). I'd like a quiet generator without overspending. Gasoline only is fine (isn't it?). Not too heavy. If you are not happy with one you've used (or know fellow campers who've used) I'd like to hear about that, too.
Need to know more about what you want to use it for.

If you don't need to run the a/c, any 2000w inverter generator will run everything else.

If you want to run the a/c, is it a 13.5k or 15k a/c?
That will help with how much wattage you'll need.

Of course, Honda and Yamaha are the gold standard.
But, over the past decade, many other choices have come on the market.

Champion is the top challenger to H&Y. They have responded to the RV market better than any other generator manufacturer.
There are many other brands out there now, that offer a good generator, at a much lower price than H&Y.
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There was just a thread of this, people are saying for the money, a ginny at harbour freight on sale now for 449.00 2000 watt, they said it's equal to Honda. It begins with a P don't remember the name
Gas and it is a invertor type that you want. You can get two to run everything for under 1000.00 the price you pay for a 2000 watt Honda, reviews I have read are good. Members who also have them say the same thing, hope that helps
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Good information here . . . Another thing to consider, as Bikendan mentioned, you might be able to get by with a 2000W generator. If that is an option, I'd make sure you'd be able to parallel it with another identical generator for those rare times you might want/need more power (A/C). I know Honda and Yamaha offer this, I'm not sure about the others. The other advantage to this is the smaller generators usually weigh less than half of what a 3500W generator weighs.
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I have the Champion 3400 watt Inverter Generator. Have had no issues with it and it's reasonably light and quiet. It cost me only $849 through wal-mart and is currently $920.
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Good information here . . . Another thing to consider, as Bikendan mentioned, you might be able to get by with a 2000W generator. If that is an option, I'd make sure you'd be able to parallel it with another identical generator for those rare times you might want/need more power (A/C). I know Honda and Yamaha offer this, I'm not sure about the others. The other advantage to this is the smaller generators usually weigh less than half of what a 3500W generator weighs.
The one I'm talking about can be paired together from Harbor Freight, I'm going down this week to check them out, you will never beat the price on sale right now, it's like 40 percent off, members should check them out who want or need a generator

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The one I'm talking about can be paired together from Harbor Freight, I'm going down this week to check them out, you will never beat the price on sale right now, it's like 40 percent off, members should check them out who want or need a generator

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