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Old 11-21-2012, 07:23 AM   #1
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Should we buy a Honda EU2000i Generator?

We are new to camping and need to buy a generator(s) for our new R Pod. From what I can tell, a Honda EU2000i would run everything except A/C. For that, it looks like we'd need a EU200i companion to start it up (rated at 13,500 btu). Am I on the right track? Anyone have experience with these generators? Are there better ones? thanks!
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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Most people find that the Honda or Yamaha 2k genny's will start a 13.5k AC unit. Sometimes all you need is the soft start capacitor added to the AC if the genny has trouble. You will not be able to use the microwave or a coffee maker at the same time as the AC though.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:54 AM   #3
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One should mention that the genie would be running at almost full power IF it will run your a/c. So factor in the additional noise and burning gas. If you have the $$$ and space, might consider getting the companion AND normal EU2000i and hooking them parallel. Should run about $ 1900 for the pair.

Many others have gotten the Yamaha 2400 to do the same job also.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
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Or save a ton of $$$ and buy a 4,000 watt Champion with the 30 amp rv plug
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #5
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from the many RV forums i've been on, the majority of owners with 13.5k a/c's, CAN'T run it with a 2000w generator, not even a Honda nor with a soft start capacitor.
the ones that can are in the vast minority.

i have a Honda 2000 and can run my 13.5k a/c. but that's at sea level.

the only way to find out, is to actually rent one or borrow one and see if it works. you have to turn everything else off.
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I have theEU2000i Generator and am very satisfied with it. I don't normally run the ac with it although I have tried it and it seems to work. If AC usage is a requirement, I'd probably go with the 3000w.


And as mentioned, there are much less expensive ways of getting 2000W (or 3000w) of ac than the honda, but for us, the light weight and sound level were features worth paying for. I even use it for emmergency power at the house.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:02 AM   #7
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We are new to camping and need to buy a generator(s) for our new R Pod. From what I can tell, a Honda EU2000i would run everything except A/C. For that, it looks like we'd need a EU200i companion to start it up (rated at 13,500 btu). Am I on the right track? Anyone have experience with these generators? Are there better ones? thanks!
Hey John welcome to the FRF!

You say you are new to camping? Great! Let me ask a couple questions
and give my 2Ę
Are you sure you need a generator?
Here's some food for thought--
How much dry camping will you do? Especially, how many days in a
row will you dry camp?
Can you survive without the AC? Is it hot and humid where you plan
to dry camp? How are the nights?
Can you get by without a microwave for those dry camping days?

I'm asking because a honda 2000 runs about $900.
An extra battery for your trailer runs about $100.
We have a honda 2000 but rarely use it.
We have dry camped in Shenandoah National Park and stayed 5 nights
on 2 batteries. No genny necessary. We even watched a little TV!
Ditto in Pisgah National Forest.

If you expect to only dry camp occasionally and then for just a couple days
at at time, maybe you don't need the expense of a Honda 2000.

OTOH, if you want one you want it! It can come in handy for emergency
power at home if you're prone to power outages. It should be able to run
your home refrigerator and a light or 2. It will run your microwave but
not much else at the same time.
If you want the AC to run on genny power consider the Yamaha 2500.
Also know that some/most? areas don't allow generators to run at night.

Happy Camping!
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Running air with a generator is noisy too. If we are going at a time and to a place where we anticipate hot weather, we get an electric site. We only use our EU2000 for the microwave, hair dryer, battery re-charge etc. So, all I'm saying is that is a strategy you could use if you don't want a larger generator. Just another thought.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:31 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the input. We will be doing dry camping the majority of the time and much of it will be from Georgia to Vermont, from January through September. And we will experience weather extremes, from very hot to very cold. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep the water system from freezing when it drops below 32? Is it possible to buy a skirt and put a heater under the Pod at night? Cheers!
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The Yamaha 2400 inverter will handle a 13.5 just fine. It costs a couple of hundred more than the 2000, but it did a good job running our old trailer even with ethanol fuels.

The 2400 is about as loud as 2000 AT THE SAME LOADING LEVEL. It can be move by one person, but it is definitely heavier than the Hondas.

It will almost run all night on a tank of gas with the AC running. This is from personal experience.
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