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Old 10-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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I'm new to the motorhome with a built in generator but I was thinking about using my Honda 2000 inverter instead of my onboard
It runs everything but air and all day on a gal of gas and can locate away from coach and is small
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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It's not a bad idea. We carry a back up just in case. Don't know what you have for an onboard but they can be pricey to fix. I see no problem with saving it for the days you really need it. Just remember you still need to run it with some kind of load about every 2 weeks or so. They need exercised and the fuel will gum up in the carb.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:42 AM   #3
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It's not a bad idea. We carry a back up just in case. Don't know what you have for an onboard but they can be pricey to fix. I see no problem with saving it for the days you really need it. Just remember you still need to run it with some kind of load about every 2 weeks or so. They need exercised and the fuel will gum up in the carb.
When you say run with a load every 2 weeks are your referring to the on-board genny on the Honda 2000?

I have had my Honda 2000 since April 2005. I only use it when we go camping. I run it for an hour each day to charge the batteries in my TT.

I used to use Stabil.

I use to let the gas run out.

Now I do neither.

I have never had a problem. It still starts on the second pull.
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I was referring to your onboard generator in the RV.

Some people go about a month in between starting theirs, but the first time I did that I ended up having carburetor problems. I keep a 1500 W electric heater in the camper to use as a load. I run it for about 10 minutes, that seems to be Long enough to burn up the older gas in the carb and the fuel line. I've gone four years now without any issues so I just continue to use this method.
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I was referring to your onboard generator in the RV.

Some people go about a month in between starting theirs, but the first time I did that I ended up having carburetor problems. I keep a 1500 W electric heater in the camper to use as a load. I run it for about 10 minutes, that seems to be Long enough to burn up the older gas in the carb and the fuel line. I've gone four years now without any issues so I just continue to use this method.
The next assumption is that you are referring to propane.

I'm new here. The 24R is on order. Standard generator is propane. Diesel is an option. I have the standard.

My earlier post about my Honda 2000 was for gasoline.
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If you have a gasoline generator, you need to run it once a month to keep the fuel from gumming up the carb. I have had that issue and it's not cheap to fix.

Now, if you can get what power you need from the Honda and the fuel useage is really that low, by all means, use it. My 5500 watt unit burns 0.6 gals per hour from the MH fuel tank and, unless I need A/C, I seldom put much strain on it.

By the way, I always use Stabil in my MH, my car that sits while we winter in FL, my genny in the shop and any spare gas I leave behind over the winter.

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Honda 2000 really is thrifty, and the onboard gen is propane. It just seems like I could use the Honda to charge batteries and other minor uses
And save the propane for the refer,cooking and a hot shower or two. Of course just whenever we dry camp
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Sorry, my bad! I was assuming your onboard was gasoline.

But as far as using the Honda goes, I completely agree with you. Unless you need to run the air there is no reason why you couldn't use it as your main power source.
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I had not thought about it until now, but it makes some sense to use the Honda, seeing as I already own it. It may not make sense to go buy one, but for me it is a sunk cost already.

Time will tell on the 24R, but for my previous TT I ran the Honda for 45 minutes each morning to top off the pair of Interstate RV/Marine Deep Cycle batteries. That consumed about a pint of gasoline.

We almost always have the 2 ATVs and 2 or more motorcycles with us, so I already have a fuel source for the Honda.

I have not heard the noise level of the on-board generator, but my guess is that the Honda 2000, especially in eco mode, is quieter.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:37 AM   #10
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When operating sensitive expensive electronics equipment, which is a cleaner power source, a Honda inverter or the on-board Onan?
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