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Old 05-12-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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How much generator do I need

For tent camper. No AC or microwave. Will use Coffee Pot. May want to watch a movie while camping some day or run a radio/iPod player.

Will 1000W cover it or should I get 2000W? Thanks for the advice.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Since the reported figures for these generators is a peak, temporary rating, I'd get the larger 2,000W. Its steady state is 1,500W (I think). If you want to run a hair dryer for example, you'll want the larger unit. Not sure what an electric coffee maker uses. IMO, I think you would find 1,000W insufficient very quickly.
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Since the reported figures for these generators is a peak, temporary rating, I'd get the larger 2,000W. Its steady state is 1,500W (I think). If you want to run a hair dryer for example, you'll want the larger unit. Not sure what an electric coffee maker uses. IMO, I think you would find 1,000W insufficient very quickly.
not only that, the price difference for the 2000k is only about $200 more, wouldnt pass up the wattage for the difference in cost
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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I use a honda 2000, and I have a 30ft 5th wheel, does what I want but not the Airconditioner.. But after all we are Ruffing it LOL
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:46 PM   #5
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I think many electric coffee makers need 750-1,000 watts so I agree that the 2,000 watts seems best. A 1,500 watt inverter and a good battery bank would help you to maintain the peace if you're an early riser.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:21 PM   #6
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for the difference in price, get the 2000w over a 1000w unit.
that way, if you upgrade to a larger RV, in the future, you'll have a good generator to start with.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:20 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the help. I must say that this forum has really been a help for a newbie like me and I really appreciate it.

Looks like a Honda 2000 it is.
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Since the reported figures for these generators is a peak, temporary rating, I'd get the larger 2,000W. Its steady state is 1,500W (I think). If you want to run a hair dryer for example, you'll want the larger unit. Not sure what an electric coffee maker uses. IMO, I think you would find 1,000W insufficient very quickly.
The only exception to this I have found is the Generac generators, their 200w is something like 2200 watt peak. They do not specifically rate their generators noise level but they had directed me to a third party website that had done some comparison testing and their noise level was near the other big name quiet generators.
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Will 1000W cover it or should I get 2000W? Thanks for the advice.
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