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Old 05-07-2019, 08:28 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone!
New to the forum and have a questionable question about generators.
Just purchased a 2019 Mini Lite and wonder what generator to purchase. We most likely will be running air conditioner, TV and fridge at the same time. A/C is 11,000 BTU's. Would like a generator around $500.00 give or take.
Also, any advice on gen. use?

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Old 05-07-2019, 08:57 AM   #2
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Hi griffibaby, welcome to the forum, I see it is your first post.

To new-comers, we often suggest a forum search for your question and generator advice is an often talked about topic with thousands of threads/posts.

Do a forum search (such as best generator) and you'll have days of reading.

You'll find plenty of folks posting THEIR opinion on what THEY think is best.
Do your homework and make YOUR decision based on what YOU feel is best.

If you plan to use the generator anywhere other than private land where no one else is around, be sure to purchase an INVERTER type generator, as the open frame/contractor type generators are TOO LOUD for campground use.

A $500 dollar budget will likely only get you an open frame/contractor type generator so again, in a campground, it will not be appropriate.
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Hi griffibaby, welcome to the forum, I see it is your first post.

To new-comers, we often suggest a forum search for your question and generator advice is an often talked about topic with thousands of threads/posts.

Do a forum search (such as best generator) and you'll have days of reading.

You'll find plenty of folks posting THEIR opinion on what THEY think is best.
Do your homework and make YOUR decision based on what YOU feel is best.

If you plan to use the generator anywhere other than private land where no one else is around, be sure to purchase an INVERTER type generator, as the open frame/contractor type generators are TOO LOUD for campground use.

A $500 dollar budget will likely only get you an open frame/contractor type generator so again, in a campground, it will not be appropriate.

Might also get him close to a Harbor Freight Predator unit, if he has coupons and is willing to throw another two hundred bucks or so into the purchase.

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Old 05-07-2019, 02:49 PM   #4
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Hi Everyone!
New to the forum and have a questionable question about generators.
Just purchased a 2019 Mini Lite and wonder what generator to purchase. We most likely will be running air conditioner, TV and fridge at the same time. A/C is 11,000 BTU's. Would like a generator around $500.00 give or take.
Also, any advice on gen. use?

Thanks!
I doubt that the a/c is 11k btu. Should be at least 13.5k btu.
You usually only find 11k in super small trailers.

Unless you buy used, you won't find a capable new generator for only $500.
Only if you installed a Micro Air Micro Air unit, could run the a/c with a 2000w inverter generator for $500.
Don't need to run the fridge on electric. Switch it over to propane, while you run the a/c and tv.
Lastly, if you are going to run the generator in a campground, PLEASE get a quality INVERTER generator.
Any cheap open-frame contractor-style generator will exceed campground noise rules.
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:03 PM   #5
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My 2000 W inverter (Generac) will not pull my 13.5 AC. Very comparable to Honda in test and I have been please with it for 3 years or so. I knew going in that we would not be able to do AC but that suited our mountain BD'ing and if too warm we go to full hook up site. The 2000 is a bit over your budget # and the Honda is even higher.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:17 PM   #6
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Champion makes some great generators at great prices. You could spend a little bit more and get two of these inverter generators and run them in parallel - plenty of power to run the AC. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-23-2019, 02:37 PM   #7
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I run a Boliy 3000watt digital inverter electric start generator, runs everything in TT works great.Stole it at an auction brand new (still had the plastic on the gas cap never even fuelled) for $499 Cdn.
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I doubt that the a/c is 11k btu. Should be at least 13.5k btu.
You usually only find 11k in super small trailers.

Unless you buy used, you won't find a capable new generator for only $500.
Only if you installed a Micro Air Micro Air unit, could run the a/c with a 2000w inverter generator for $500.
Don't need to run the fridge on electric. Switch it over to propane, while you run the a/c and tv.
Lastly, if you are going to run the generator in a campground, PLEASE get a quality INVERTER generator.
Any cheap open-frame contractor-style generator will exceed campground noise rules.
Cheapest isnít the biggest concern. If itís incredibly noisy for the price, others will shut it down and you still wonít have power for dry camping.
Just sayin.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:21 PM   #9
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Griffi - come camping with me at some motorcycle rallies. You can run a cheap contractor generator all night long, and it still won't be he loudest thing around.
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Might also get him close to a Harbor Freight Predator unit, if he has coupons and is willing to throw another two hundred bucks or so into the purchase.

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Generac 3500 inverter

Generac has a recent addition with a 3500 inverter/generator with what should be enough power but closer to 630-700. I have heard it run on the back of a pick-up tailgate with the cap on and it was quiet there. It was only done briefly for noise demonstration. The 80lb weight makes it still light enough to be picked up. Not perfect but there are accommodations in price range with a dealer network.
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New Champion Generator

Just picked up a Champion 3400 Dual Fuel for boondocking. Best investment Iíve made for the Toy Hauler to date. Work flawlessly right out of the box on either Gas or Propane. Dry camping for a week and no issues with power.
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Generac has a recent addition with a 3500 inverter/generator with what should be enough power but closer to 630-700. I have heard it run on the back of a pick-up tailgate with the cap on and it was quiet there. It was only done briefly for noise demonstration. The 80lb weight makes it still light enough to be picked up. Not perfect but there are accommodations in price range with a dealer network.
The Champion 3500w inverter generator is half the price of the Generac and has wheels.
The only advantages the Generac has is it's a little quieter and lighter.
No sure if that's worth twice the money.
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