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!