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Old 08-14-2010, 07:28 PM   #1
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We will be traveling from Florida to Arizona in a few months and plan to purchase a generator, but have no idea what will work best for our 25RL Wildcat fifth wheel. Any recommendations?
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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I'm in the process of buying a 3000W Honda generator. It'll run my AC & that's all that matters. They make 2 3000W inverter models if you're running any electronics. One is larger but has electric start. The "Handi" model, is manual start, but lighter.

You'll get a lot of replies about buying the cheap (albeit noisy) Chinese generators, but your CG neighbours will be chasing you w/ pitchforks when fire it up.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:49 PM   #3
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Be VERY careful to check the specs on anything you are looking at. The Honda 3000 generators will run an AC no problem but not all 3000w generators are created equal. The cheapo ones will state that they are 3000 or 3500w but that is usually "surge" and the actual continuous run rating is 2500w which won't run an AC. This is the trap people fall into with buying cheap, you get what you pay for. Just because it says "3000w" on the outside of the box doesn't mean it is. Spend the money up front for a unit that will last you years to come and as the previous poster stated won't get the " CG neighbours chasing you w/ pitchforks when fire it up."

Honda and Yamaha are two names you just cannot go wrong with and they are worth the price.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:54 PM   #4
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X2 on what Jeeper said.

Also, when you buy a Honda or Yamaha, you have easy access to service should you need it. The "other" generators are basically disposable. Most are sold @ auto parts or hardware stores that have no service dept'. Try finding a service center for your $300 3000W Feng Shui generator.
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Try finding a service center for your $300 3000W Feng Shui generator.
Feng Shui Generator

Now that's funny right there, I don't care who yar.....
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:12 PM   #6
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EU3000is Honda all the way. It has better specs than the ligtweight 3000 and costs less. It only weighs 132lbs Ha Ha which in a locked truck box makes it a multi person job to steal it, that is of course after they break the grade 8 inch and one half linked chain.
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Be VERY careful to check the specs on anything you are looking at. The Honda 3000 generators will run an AC no problem but not all 3000w generators are created equal. The cheapo ones will state that they are 3000 or 3500w but that is usually "surge" and the actual continuous run rating is 2500w which won't run an AC. This is the trap people fall into with buying cheap, you get what you pay for. Just because it says "3000w" on the outside of the box doesn't mean it is. Spend the money up front for a unit that will last you years to come and as the previous poster stated won't get the " CG neighbours chasing you w/ pitchforks when fire it up."

Honda and Yamaha are two names you just cannot go wrong with and they are worth the price.

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.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:33 PM   #8
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First question I have is why do you think you really need a generator?
You plan on parking in the Walmart parking lots?

Second part is a 3,000 watt Honda will be what you want. Even though they are waaayyyy over priced.

Electrical 101

P = Watts
I= Electrical Amps
E= Voltage

P = I x E
Normal Power
15 amps x 120 volts = 1,800 watts
20 amps x 120 volts = 2,400 watts
25 amps x 120 volts = 3,000 watts

LOW VOLATAGE in campground
If voltage is low see what happens.
Wattage stays the same , voltage drops and amps increase in opposite proprtion to voltage
P/E =I

16.36 amps x 110 volts = 1,800 watts
21.81 amps x 110 volts = 2,400 watts
27.27 amps x 110 volts = 3,000 watts

This is the main reason many circuit breakers trip
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Thank you all for your input! Who knows, we may end up in a Walmart parking lot or two along the way, we're just trying to be prepared for the long journey!
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:26 AM   #10
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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.
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