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Old 08-18-2017, 06:17 PM   #1
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Best Generator For R Pod?

Hello to all! We just purchased our first R Pod 177, so far it has meet our expectations and everything works just fine. We are going to get a portable generator and want to make the best decision. Our main goal with it is to be able to run the AC and DVD player at the same time if we need to.
Any input and thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 08-18-2017, 06:33 PM   #2
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Do a word search on the forum and you will find more info and opinions than you can handle. The concensus seems to be around at least 3k size and inverter type if you plan to use it in campgrounds.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:32 PM   #3
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Is your a/c a 13.5k?
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:04 PM   #4
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I just purchased a Champion 3500W Dual Fuel, Electric Start, Inverter generator from Camping world. Less than half the cost of the Honda 3100 Inverter.

My first trip proved it to be a great buy. Nice and quiet, starts my 13.5 AC while idling along on "Eco mode".

Also just found that I can use it at high altitude without having to change carb jet when running on Propane. Yes, power is reduced due to propane and additionally by altitude but not enough to keep my AC from running if I shut off everything else drawing current. Most of my High Altitude camping in the past has been cool enough that A/C is not needed, just battery charging.

The generator will run on propane for battery charging up to 15 hours per 20# tank. I now carry two extra 20 pound tanks.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:21 PM   #5
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It is 13.5 Dan, from what I've read two of the Honda EU2000 linked together seems to be the best way to go.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:31 PM   #6
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A couple years ago I bought (2) WEN 56200i 2000W which have exact clones of Yamaha engines for $375 each plus $40 30A parallel cable. They are quiet & run over 8 hours on a tank (1 gal?) of gas. I need both to power my 13.5 A/C, electric skillet, or DW's hair dryer but power one down when I don't need it.

The best thing about (2) smaller units is that I can carry one in each hand and load one-at-a-time into the PU truck without help. At home I routinely carry one to the back trees to cut down dead branches with an electric pole chainsaw and/or Sawsall vs. heavier gas chainsaw. Even after sitting all winter they both start on first/second pull which is better than any other small engine I currently own...

I like quality, but didn't get the Honda's because I don't want to be out $2000 if someone steals them...
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:05 PM   #7
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It is 13.5 Dan, from what I've read two of the Honda EU2000 linked together seems to be the best way to go.
If you want the best, YES.
You only have to take one 50lb Honda, if you won't need to run the a/c.
And moving two 50lb units is easier than one 100lbs+ larger inverter generator.

But Honda has a lot of competition now, for paralleled 2000w inverter generators, that are much cheaper.
Champion, Smarter Tools, Wen, Kipor, Powerhouse, Lifan, to name a few.
Champion is the biggest challenger to Honda and Yamaha and have a great reputation in the RV community,.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:08 PM   #8
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I have to power horses 2000w inverter run them all day of course I ran good no problems purchase at Northern Tool you can buy two of those for the price of one Honda
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Another way to go

If you take the A/C and the microwave out of the question you really need very little power to run lights and charge batteries, and watch the TV, maybe in the neighborhood of 500 Watts.

Instead of getting a 3100 Watt inverter style generator consider a 2000 Watt and one of these on your A/C:

https://www.microair.net/collections...nt=30176048267

This will let your A/C start on a fraction of 2000 Watts. The cost is less than a second 2000 Watt generator and doesn't need an oil change

You also don't have to haul it around. I am probably headed this way with my new TT. Watch the videos on their website and you will see why just changing the capacitor in the A/C doesn't get the job done. Looks like nice technology.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:50 PM   #10
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The predator 3500 from harbor freight is getting great reviews, people seem to be having good luck with them, check uot some demos and reviews in youtube.
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