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Old 04-01-2016, 01:39 PM   #1
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I ordered a FR 25FKS to be picked up May-June? As I am "outfitting" it, My choices for a generator are between the 3200/4000watt standard type (4000 Watts Max Portable Generator - 3200 Watts Rated) or the 2200/2500 (Inverter type -Honda clone) Inverter Generator - 4.7HP, 2500W Inverter Generator Harbor Freight Generators.

Any feedback regarding problems operating any items like the 15000BTU air conditioner, water heater, MW, TV, ... I realize amps and loading accordingly. 'just wondering of there are any operational problems anyone has discovered.

The 2200 is smaller, quitter, lighter, but its capacity may not be enough. One location I will frequent will require it be operational on the roof - This is the only real reason I even considered the 2200 - I may have to go electricity free for a day or so if I opt for the 3200 model/version. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-01-2016, 01:49 PM   #2
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Get an inverter generator to save your electronics and your (and those around you) hearing.

The 2200 will probably not run a 15,000 BTU AC.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:56 PM   #3
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The Inverter generator shown is the same manufacture of Generac, Dometic or Power House etc. I can attest that 2200 will not run the AC, actual watts available is 1900 or maybe 2000. 2500 is surge as listed on the name plate.

I have a powerhouse 4 kw fuel injected that will start my 15 k btu AC on a hot day, the actual 3800 watts is a minimum in my case.
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My background (another day) is in the electric field. I was looking for someone that has actually had experience using the 2200. Online Reviews are somewhat mixed. Number and theories say it should, but actual use says it all. As they say, Trust but verify. Thanks for your input.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:16 PM   #5
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Look into a champion with electric start. I think its a 3100
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Old 04-03-2016, 06:16 PM   #6
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Boliy which has 3300 watt start and 3000 watt continuous rating. Been 100% happy with mine for past 4-5 years and only problem I had was a clogged spark arrestor screen and a dead starter battery. It has never failed us while camping.

We also own a Champion for our cabin and it is a fine generator but the Boliy has a slight advantage in continuous power output.
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Old 04-03-2016, 06:26 PM   #7
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The larger construction generator may not be welcome at most campgrounds. Go with an inverter generator with around 58db noise level. If you need to run the AC get one that can be paralleled and buy a second one when you need AC. As to your comment on running it on the roof. I would be very careful. Even the good Honda Generators vibrate and even with rubber feet you are likely to wear a hole in a rubber roof.
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The larger construction generator may not be welcome at most campgrounds. Go with an inverter generator with around 58db noise level. If you need to run the AC get one that can be paralleled and buy a second one when you need AC. As to your comment on running it on the roof. I would be very careful. Even the good Honda Generators vibrate and even with rubber feet you are likely to wear a hole in a rubber roof.
I would think they would also transmit more noise into your TT as well.. Plus refuelling them and the chance of spilling gas on the roof membrane.. Not an ideal place to put one IMO...
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