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Old 03-11-2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this forum so please forgive me for questions that may have been answered in the past.
My navigator and I are taking posession of a new 37ft Cedar Creek 5th wheel in a few weeks.
We have camped for many years in tents, tent trailers, travel trailers and now a 5th wheel.
Question: In all those years we have never used a generator. What size of generator do you guys recomend to run coffee maker, toaster, television etc. Do not plan to run AC with it.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:04 AM   #2
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go up to "search" and type in -generators-. there have been many discussions on this topic

welcome and enjoy your new 5er.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:14 AM   #3
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Welcome Jacko,

Congratulations on the new RV.

As for the generator, if all you wish to do is run lower amperage items then a small 1Kw portable would work great. I have a Yamaha 1000w that is very small and very quiet. It fits in a side compartment very easily and will run for almost 8 hours on a gallon of gas. Best of all your neighbors wont hate you if you run it.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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The size and type of generator is a matter of taste and necessity. We just purchased a 5th wheel with air conditioning, TV's, microwave oven and a number of other energy consuming items. We want to use the toys and our dealer recommended a Onan 5.5 that operates off propane. It is built-in and we still have to watch what we operate. I assume your new 5th wheel has its toys. If you want to use them dry camping, then you need a generator and a powerful one. Some folks go with two portables and carry them in the truck bed or in a storage compartment. It is all in what you want. Oh yeah, cost, the Onan is about $3,500 installed.

Have fun and keep in mind you can always buy the generator later.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:52 AM   #5
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if you don't plan on using the a/c at all, then a Honda 2000i is your best bet. weighs under 50lbs. and will run everything except the a/c.
and if you do decide you want to run the a/c, then buy the Companion model to parallel the two and have 4000w available.

Yamaha just came out with their 2000 model and i believe it can also be paralleled.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice.
Will search threads for more info.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:37 PM   #7
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Most people including myself say that a 3500 watt 30 amp generator is good for overall camping power. It will run ONE rooftop AC unit, as well as lights and small appliances. Your unit being a 37 footer probably has 2 AC's on it, however. Also, microwaves are a big power hog, as well as the heater.

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