Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-02-2015, 01:44 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Liverpool NY
Posts: 630
Most of our camping is in NYS parks and generally without electric. Adirondack and Catskill areas are DEC controlled with no gens allowed after 7 pm. State parks are no gens after 9 pm. That said, a Honda 2000 does everything I need since I can't use A/C when I'd most appreciate it (over night). Another reason I have a hybrid (keep it wide open at night).
Went with the Honda due to rep. and its what my camping buddies have. If I went with another brand and had any problems I'd never hear the end of it.
I also have a 750W inverter hooked to its own 24 series battery. Will run 2 CPAP machines all night.
__________________

__________________
2015 Shamrock 231KSS, Oyster shell
2016 Chev Silverado LT Z71 Ext. Cab, 4x4, 5.3L V/8
Reese Straight Line WDH, 2000W Honda Gen.
2 Old Town kayaks & 2 Boston Terriers - Zoey/Gonzo
Lar & Ruth
55 nights camping 2015, 45 in 2016, 42 in 2017
CNYCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 01:53 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Nick M's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 142
Works fine for my needs.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Canonman View Post
There is a 3k watt Champion brand inverter that will do the job nicely at a reasonable price 3100 Watt Inverter Generator - Champion Generators 75531I - Portable Generators - Camping World. Best to shop around for the best price.
.
I have this generator for my Brookstone 365RL, runs the 15k AC fine along with inverter/charger and refrigerator. IT will not run the microwave with the AC unit running. If you are good at power management this generator will serve your purpose. It's running currently at my home with a light load just for fall warmup and exercise. Found it at Overstock.com for $750, free shipping and no sales tax. At 85 pounds I can lift it into the truck bed if needed.

Good luck, lots of options out there.
__________________

__________________
Nick, Sharon and Finnigan
Nick M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 02:10 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 925
Quote:
Originally Posted by youroo View Post
Start with a Honda 3000 if you just have 1 A/C ! And you will (NOT) be able to Run Everything at the Same Time! Youroo!!
I have a Honda 3000is and love it. Big enough to run my AC and lighting, charge batteries ect. Just need to remember to shut my AC off before making coffee in my Keurig or use the microwave. No big deal to do that for 10 to 15 minutes.

As for the weight issue when full of gas and oil it goes about 240 pounds. Here is a link to it but I would shop around. Its not cheap but worth it in my opinion.


http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ompliant/34963

Lost power a few months ago and spent the night in my 5er with all the comforts of home. Neighbors house is about 25 feet away and could not hear it inside their house.

Jim
__________________
07 Dodge 1500 crew cab with 20" wheels, 08 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-lite 8280SS
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw
oldtool2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 02:42 PM   #24
Blog: RVroadtripper.com
 
hbillsmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Near Dallas Texas
Posts: 737
I have the Champion 3100 and it runs my 15K BTU A/C just fine. It will not run the A/C and my wifes hair dryer at the same time so we turn off the A/C while she dries her hair. The Champion is available as a remote electric start model for about $100 more than the non-electric start. Electric remote start is nice, but remember you'll have a small battery to keep charged in the off season. The non-electric start has a pull-cord and its really pretty easy to use.
__________________
2016 Wildcat 295RSX - 2015 GMC 2500HD DblCab Duramax/Allison 4x4 Z71 6.6' Bed
Maxxis 16" E; Ride Rite AirBags w/AirLift 1 wireless compr; Adv.Folding 4 Cover Andersen Ultimate II Aluminum 5erhitch on Reese Flipball w/Curt 4" offset ball LCI Ground Control 3.0 4pt + 2pt Elec.Rear stabilizers; 3 Slidecovers; 10ft. Portabote 6000# Dexters; mor/Ryde CRE3000 w/HD Wetbolts; King Dish Tailgater; 5hp Outboard Dual A/C; Furrion 48 Rear Camera; Champion 3100 Inverter w/Extended Run
hbillsmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 03:04 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 925
Quote:
Originally Posted by hbillsmith View Post
I have the Champion 3100 and it runs my 15K BTU A/C just fine. It will not run the A/C and my wifes hair dryer at the same time so we turn off the A/C while she dries her hair. The Champion is available as a remote electric start model for about $100 more than the non-electric start. Electric remote start is nice, but remember you'll have a small battery to keep charged in the off season. The non-electric start has a pull-cord and its really pretty easy to use.
yonda 3000is is also electric start but no remote. It also has a rope start and is easy to use. I run mine about every three months for 15 minutes using the electric start, to charge the battery, and the battery hasn't slowed down yet.

Jim
__________________
07 Dodge 1500 crew cab with 20" wheels, 08 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-lite 8280SS
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw
oldtool2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 03:08 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
Vince and Charlette's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Spring Valley OH
Posts: 504
IMHO, here are three things to consider:
1. In our minds, we often have this "ideal" situation that we're trying create, e.g. the guys are over for a tailgate party, I've got refreshments to be cooled in the frig, we're thawing meat in the microwave and the DW wants it cool in the camper, etc. etc. So, decide what you really want to do...light up the Super Bowl or run a single AC unit. If you're a "newbie" like you said, be sure you have two or three trips under your belt before buying a lot of stuff. When we admit it, we all tend to overbuy.
2. One thing seldom considered is how much gas this puppy is going to burn. I got a "biggy" the first time around and was burning untold gallons of gas...sold it the first chance I had. In it's place, I bought two of the 2000W Hondas for flexibility, noise level and weight.
3. Buy for the "normal" situation and not the exception. You don't need to cover every possible event. As a general rule of thumb, watts divided by volts equates to amps. So, a 2000 watt generator will produce (at peak) about 16 amps. If you plan to plug your camper directly into a generator, keep in mind there are residual/hidden power demands, e.g. lights, inverters, and those pesky "surge" demands when the A/C kicks on.
I congratulate you for brining this to the Forum. It's the best advice on the planet.
__________________
2015 GT 364TSF
Vince and Charlette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 03:08 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
HONDAMAN174's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Big brown desert
Posts: 2,319
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canonman View Post
There is a 3k watt Champion brand inverter that will do the job nicely at a reasonable price 3100 Watt Inverter Generator - Champion Generators 75531I - Portable Generators - Camping World. Best to shop around for the best price.

We use our Dometic 3000 quite a bit more than 10+ days a year, but have found that since we camp mostly in the mountains in the summer we don't use the a/C much or at all. Nice to have the option though.

That champion is on sale at Costo for $699


2014 Evo 2850 "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra "Clifford"
__________________
2014 Stealth Evo 2850- "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra Rock Crawler TRD 5.7- "Clifford"
2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 w/Track Pack- "Julia"

Just glad to get away
HONDAMAN174 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 03:50 PM   #28
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 925
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vince and Charlette View Post
3. Buy for the "normal" situation and not the exception. You don't need to cover every possible event. As a general rule of thumb, watts divided by volts equates to amps. So, a 2000 watt generator will produce (at peak) about 16 amps. If you plan to plug your camper directly into a generator, keep in mind there are residual/hidden power demands, e.g. lights, inverters, and those pesky "surge" demands when the A/C kicks on.
I congratulate you for brining this to the Forum. It's the best advice on the planet.
This was something I was concerned about when running in the ECO mode. The surge is so quick the only thing it bothers is my one 23 inch flat screen tv. It shuts off, but to be fair if I sneeze to hard it will shut off, It is extremely sensitive!

I can run my 3000is with the air on in the eco mode for about 12 hours before I need to add any gas.

Jim
__________________
07 Dodge 1500 crew cab with 20" wheels, 08 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-lite 8280SS
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw
oldtool2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 03:58 PM   #29
TGR
Senior Member
 
TGR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 186
There are several things you’ll need to consider when buying a generator:

• How loud is it? An inverter generator is necessary when other people are nearby.
• How much does it weigh? Many 3000 W generators are over 135 pounds, while 2000 W Hondas and Yamahas are around 50 pounds. I lug two Yamaha EF2000iS, which is much easier than a 3K model.
• At what altitude will you run your generator? Engines lose power at higher altitudes so what will work at 1000 feet may not at 6000 feet.
• How big is you’re A/C unit? A 15,000 btu A/C may require a surge of 3500 watts to start. Yamaha has a EF3000iSEB W generator with a “boost” feature that adds the extra 500 W punch for an A/C start. A 3100 or 3000 W generator will work for a 13,500 btu A/C but could struggle or fail at altitude with a 15,000 but unit.
• What run time are you needing? A 2000 W generator can run all night on a light load but only about 4 hours or so at high loads. Two 2000 W generators running in parallel may not run all night unless you install an “extended run kit.” You can get these kits for most models of generator but Honda generators have a fuel pump to draw the extra gas reliably. People report good luck with other brands too but without the fuel pump, they may be a little fussier.

I haven’t boondocked where I’ve needed the A/C on all night so the smaller fuel tank on my 2K Yamahas has been fine. I think I’d buy just one if I were to do it again. If I need the A/C all night then I’ll get extended run kits for my generators and be glad I have two.

Several members report good performance from brands other than Honda and Yamaha at a much lesser cost. All I can say is my first-hand experience with Yamaha as been very good.
__________________
2015 Wildcat 282 RKX
2011 F350 Lariat, 6.7 L. Diesel, 8 ft., SRW, Reese R20
TGR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 04:09 PM   #30
Member
 
RFKosar's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Cocoa, FL
Posts: 31
My two cents...

We have a Boliy Pro3600SiE digital inverter, with 3600 kW continuous output. Operates almost as quietly as the Hondas. (Had opportunity to check the sound output of the Boliy nearby another RVer who was running his Honda 3000.)

The Boliy 3600 easily powers our Rockwood 8289WS 5-er's main 15,000 BTU a/c, all lights, TV and coffee maker. It can't run both of our 2 a/c's simultaneously, but that is no problem since the 15,000 BTU main a/c easily cools the entire RV even during Texas and Florida summers. As full timers, we needed to operate it several times in each of the last 3 years that we have owned it. Rugged and reliable, easy to use, key starter. Can add an external outboard motor gas tank for it to power our trailer all night.

Boliy Generator
__________________

__________________
RFKosar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
generator, newbie

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:58 PM.