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Old 08-15-2010, 11:51 AM   #11
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Honda 3000 with a wireless remote starter and live will be good
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:51 AM   #12
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UHHH it is not only the elcheapo generators that list their ratings unrealistically high. ALL generators are listed at the maximum or surge power, not the running watts. That includes Honda and Yamaha. BTY my Yamaha 2800I starts and runs my 15K BTU AC unit just fine. So it is not always a matter of size but how many amps can it produce and for how long when it comes to starting an AC unit. But the OP did not indicate what he wants to run with this generator. In the probably 20 years of RVing with a generator I have only used my generator to run the AC once. The rest of the time I use it to supplement charge my batteries and when DW washes her hair I will fire it up so she can use the hair dryer. So in reality the first question someone should ask is What? Not how big he must buy.
The fact remains however that there are a lot of generators out there that claim to be "35000w" generators that actually only have a 2500W continuous run. The fact also remains that 100's if not 1000's of RVrs use the Honda 3000 to power thier AC.

No the OP didn't state he was running the AC with the generator but that was more or less implied by the fact that he stated he would be spending his time in Florida and Arizona, two places that get very very hot. If he had said he was going to spend all his time in International Falls MN then we would not have made that assumption.

It also comes down to the fact that despite the AC the converter/charger is always plugged in and depending on how far down the batteries are can draw quite a load to charge in the beginning. Using a generator that is too small will not only be bad for the generator but the AC unit as well. HVAC is very sensitive to low voltage/amperage issues. I would not want to take the chance of burning up either unit by going with less than a 3000w continuous generator and is also the reason why you will NEVER see less than a 3000W generator on motorhomes equipped with AC. Typically they are Onan 4KW gensets.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:53 AM   #13
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Tsunami, You really need to determine what you actually want this generator to run. Figure that out and then go shopping. Unless of course you like spending money.
We own rv's of course we like spending money. Some are sadistic enough to own rv's and boats !!
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:02 PM   #14
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We own rv's of course we like spending money. Some are sadistic enough to own rv's and boats !!
Make that two of us. And at least one of us here also has motorcycles and an airplane to boot. Well, to be honest I would have a plane too if I could justify it. That must make me really sadistic...
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:02 PM   #15
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Yamaha EF30iSEB Propane Natural Gas Generators

I love mine. It lives in my pickup's bed. Runs on gas or propane.

Pricey, but I can start it without getting out of bed when quite hours are over and roll over.
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my vote is for a pair of Honda or Yamaha 2000 inverter models. with a parallel kit you can have 4000w available or just use the one for everything except the a/c. and they only weigh about 50lbs. each.
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my vote is for a pair of Honda or Yamaha 2000 inverter models. with a parallel kit you can have 4000w available or just use the one for everything except the a/c. and they only weigh about 50lbs. each.
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my vote is for a pair of Honda or Yamaha 2000 inverter models. with a parallel kit you can have 4000w available or just use the one for everything except the a/c. and they only weigh about 50lbs. each.

Last year at Sigsbee NAS, 98% of the campers used this arrangement. They were very happy campers.

An additional feature is two is better than one if your generator breaks down. There is a company that makes a fuel rig that will refuel both genterators from a single 5 gallon tank automatically.
I looked at that option as well.
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Whatever Generator you decide on I'd be sure to have the Maximum Wattage so if you want to run just about everything you'll be set. You never know when a storm may take out your home power and you'll take up residence in your RV until the power comes back on which may be days. Just another thing to consider.
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my vote is for a pair of Honda or Yamaha 2000 inverter models. with a parallel kit you can have 4000w available or just use the one for everything except the a/c. and they only weigh about 50lbs. each.
X2. Better to get two 2,000s than one 3,000. And for everyone's camping pleasure, make sure you get quiet generators instead of the cheap construction grade units that will wake the dead.
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