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Old 11-08-2014, 09:02 AM   #21
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Yup...my champy 4500 is marginal on my 15k ac at over 2000ft or 90 degrees.....and thats WITH a hard start cap.....
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:01 PM   #22
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Wow, my Honda EX4500 has never had a hard time running my AC, sea level to as high as 5,400 feet. At my home on a hot day, 830 ft altitude it barely even grunts as the AC would fire up and I don't recall it having issues at altitude.

I just tried my EU2000i pair, now it was a cool day but they fired it up with ease. Got me wondering how they'll hold up at my favorite spots.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:53 PM   #23
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Champion is my choice.Good quality-low price.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:43 AM   #24
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What size generator would I need to run my 2015 Columbus 320RS comfortably and what is the minimum size...
The 320 is a 50 amp 5er with dual a/c plants. Even dual Honda 2000s would have trouble running the entire the RV.

However, you could certainly run it on one a/c plant with dual Hondas without much problem.

You could also look at a Boliy (may have the spelling wrong) 3000 which is an inverter styled genset. It is about as heavy as a open frame genset (maybe a little lighter) certainly quieter.

There is a thread about them here: Boliy Generator
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:51 PM   #25
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Yay! So glad to find this thread!!

I am heading to Arizona for the winter and I want to boondock. I have six dogs and trying to find an RV park that will let me stay is impossible.

I am looking at generators and my first question is - does the generator have to have an inverter on it? I have a 2011 Forest River Rockwood Ultralite 2604.

Second - I can't afford two Honda 2000 watt generators, so I am also looking at the Champion Power Equipment 2800W / 3100W Inverter Generator unless I don't have to have the inverter. In that case I'm looking at Champion Power 3500/4000W Gas Generator. I can either carry it in the bed of my truck with some permanent fastening or I can have it mounted on the back of the trailer. The first one weighs 83.3 lbs. and the second one weighs 97 lbs.

I only need to make coffee in the morning, toast bagels and heat up something in the microwave for 5 minutes tops. The only other reason I'll use it will be for the lights and my computer. I also have solar in this rig but it's not enough to use the computer. The batteries drain pretty fast and of course it's useless if it's cloudy.

I tend to follow mild weather so there's usually no reason to need the AC unless it's hot in the desert and there are high winds so I have to close myself up in the TT. I hate using propane so I have a little space heater and I'd like to be able to use that as well.

The whole solar/battery thing drives me crazy because it reads to not let the batteries drop below 50%. Why? As long as I don't completely drain the batteries, why - at night when I can't run the generator or have any sun to charge the batteries, why can't they get lower than 50%?

As usual - thanks for all the fantastic information that you always give me!
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:45 PM   #26
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Bev-you don't need to spend the money on a Honda-which is way over rated and over priced.What you need is a 4000 or 5000 watt generator.Unless you're running 2 air conditioners-it'll do just fine for you.I like the Champion brand (Camping world and Cabela's carry them).If you want to splurge get one with electric start-you won't regret that for an extra $100 prox. .$400 should get that bought.
Take the extra money that you saved and spend it on dog food and Booze.
PS-when you plug in that generator-the inverter(which you already have) will charge up your trailer battery.Another thought-check to make sure that you tow unit is wired up to charge your battery(Through the plug to the trailer)when you're driving.Most newer trucks have them installed from the factory.Works well to arrive at camp with a charged battery.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:12 PM   #27
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Bev-you don't need to spend the money on a Honda-which is way over rated and over priced.
I don't know if I would say they are overpriced. Yes, I am sure the Honda name does add some $$, but they are EXTREMELY reliable, not to mention, quiet. I have had mine for over 11 years, and all I do is change the oil and add gas (which is not much because it is very fuel efficient. Probably since it is a Honda). Jerry.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:24 PM   #28
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Put a Champion and a Honda (or Yamaha) side by side and you can really!!! hear the difference.We had a Yamaha fall off one of our trucks at work doing 60, other than some scratched paint it worked perfect.
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:14 PM   #29
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Wife and I just bought a 1700/2000w from Cabela's. After Tax it was 510 delivered to our door. Its under 50lbs and can charge our batteries. We are looking to get another one and the parallel kit and we will be able to power the A/C as well. All for close to the price of one Honda Generator.

I just got this last night so I can't say how loud or not loud it is. I will say I did alot of research before I bought it. Not gonna knock the Honda or Yahama, but I think i got the best value for my money.

Also, with the higher wattage generators, they get heavy. If I want to lift something heavy, i will get my fat butt out of my chair and get another beer.
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I am looking at generators and my first question is - does the generator have to have an inverter on it? I have a 2011 Forest River Rockwood Ultralite 2604.
Inverter generators provide clean stable power so.... yes it should be an Inverter Generator if you're going to use it to power sensitive electronics like a TV or laptop.

They also adjust the RPM's to match the load... My 2000 watt Champion under a light load will idle along and use about 1 gallon per 8 hours of use. It will rev up when we turn on the coffee pot etc.
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