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Old 10-28-2014, 02:18 AM   #1
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What size generator?

What size generator would I need to run my 2015 Columbus 320RS comfortably and what is the minimum size I could get away with? We don't dry camp very often, so I would only need it a few times a year. Can the 2000W honda run the microwave, TV's and AC? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-28-2014, 07:11 AM   #2
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What size generator would I need to run my 2015 Columbus 320RS comfortably and what is the minimum size I could get away with? We don't dry camp very often, so I would only need it a few times a year. Can the 2000W honda run the microwave, TV's and AC? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
One Honda 2000 cannot.
Two Hondas yes but not all the things you list at the same time.

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Old 10-28-2014, 07:24 AM   #3
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"Comfortably" is fairly subjective. The 2000w Honda would be able to meet basic needs... microwave, TV's, recharge your batteries, lights, and the like, but NOT the AC (I'm thinking that rig has a 15k AC?). To run all of that you would probably need at least a 4000w genset, but I probably wouldn't try to run the AC and microwave at the same time.

I say subjective, because I have no idea what other peripherals you might use on a regular basis. Coffee maker, hair dryer, etc.

I prefer running 2 - 2000w portables running in parallel, but if your main concern is running the A/C with your genset more than 50% of time when drycamping, then a single 4000w genny might be a better fit.
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Old 10-28-2014, 07:41 AM   #4
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i run my everything in my TT with this one. I cant run the AC and microwave at the same time though and i have a 15k btu ac.
3100 Watt Inverter Generator - Champion Generators 75531I - Portable Generators - Camping World.
Not as quite as the Honda but still quite enough that i dont get any complaints. Much cheaper than the honda too.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:21 AM   #5
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When I went from a motorhome with a 6.5 Onan to a 5th wheel with no generator, I knew I would need at least 3000 watts to run the 15K AC. Now comes the rub-Weight. That Champion says 88lbs, some were over 100 and I can't lift even the 88 into my truck, so I bit the bullet and went with the Honda 2000's, parallel cable and extend tank. Not easy but doable and very pricey, but has been a worthwhile investment. If no AC needed one in eco mode is very quiet and will pick up extra loads automatically. My wife can't help lifting so I'm on my own. Two years now and haven't missed a beat with close to 500hrs on them.
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This is a good guideline when choosing generator size.
Remember there is Normally always a constant amp draw from the Converter.

normal appliance amp draws

Gennie watts to amps average.
2000 watts 16 amps
2500 watts 20 amps
3000 watts 25 amps
3500 watts 29 amps
4000 watts 33 amps

Also remember generators list surge amps as well as running amps make sure you look closely as you want the running amps in the range you need.



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I appreciate the good info. I like the idea of the Hondas because of weight and noise, but the price just seems too high. That's about $2000.00 for two compared to a large noisey one for around $600.00. We are still going to look around and go and see if my wife and I will have issues lifting it in and out of the truck. Is there a better make of generator? Harbor freight or the ones at camping world. The one Prothos has looks good. More wattage on the ones at Harbor freight for about $550.00
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I appreciate the good info. I like the idea of the Hondas because of weight and noise, but the price just seems too high. That's about $2000.00 for two compared to a large noisey one for around $600.00. We are still going to look around and go and see if my wife and I will have issues lifting it in and out of the truck. Is there a better make of generator? Harbor freight or the ones at camping world. The one Prothos has looks good. More wattage on the ones at Harbor freight for about $550.00
Just make sure that the generator you buy has a 30 amp 110 outlet vs a 120 / 240 dual outlet.

I use a cheap engine hoist to life mine in the truck.
It stays there till I get home.

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I bought this one from Sears.

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About 175 pounds but I use a ramp to get it in the bed before I put the hitch in.

Take the wheels off and tie it down on a rubber mat it does not move.

Runs the lite real good and if need be I can use it at home during a power outage.
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I bought this one from Sears.

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About 175 pounds but I use a ramp to get it in the bed before I put the hitch in.

Take the wheels off and tie it down on a rubber mat it does not move.

Runs the lite real good and if need be I can use it at home during a power outage.
I'm surprised you get your a/c to run on hot humid days with that.

I assume you use the 120/240 receptacle which is only rated at 15 amps on the 120 volt side, the 240 volt side is rated at 30 amps.
What's your voltage with a/c running?

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