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Old 02-25-2017, 10:45 PM   #1
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Generator for Infrequent Trips - Rockwood Mini Lite 2509S (13,500 BTU AC)

Hello!

We recently purchased our first travel trailer. It's a Rockwood Mini Lite 2509S (13,500 BTU AC).

We plan to go on approximately 3-4 trips per year where we will not have access to electric hookups.

Those trips will be 2-3 nights long each.

What is your best recommendation for a generator for us? I hate to purchase something super expensive and unnecessary for very infrequent trips where we won't have hookups. However, I don't want to regret a purchase either

Thanks for your recommendations,

Erica
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:08 PM   #2
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For me, personally, the Honda is the only way to go. But that's me. In your situation, you need to look at the Champion generators with the invertor. If you haven't yet, you'll be mildly surprised with the prices. Should meet your needs!
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:16 PM   #3
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Hello!

We recently purchased our first travel trailer. It's a Rockwood Mini Lite 2509S (13,500 BTU AC).

We plan to go on approximately 3-4 trips per year where we will not have access to electric hookups.

Those trips will be 2-3 nights long each.

What is your best recommendation for a generator for us? I hate to purchase something super expensive and unnecessary for very infrequent trips where we won't have hookups. However, I don't want to regret a purchase either

Thanks for your recommendations,

Erica
If you plan on using it in a campground, then you need an INVERTER generator. But they cost more than the noisy open frame generators. To dependably run the a/c, 3000w or more would be needed. That'll start around $700 and up.

If you aren't going to use it in a campground, then a cheap open frame generator will work. The Champion 3500/4000w one is very popular and cost around $300. But be aware that it'll be noisy and it'll weigh 100lbs.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:57 PM   #4
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Do not waste your money buying a cheap generator. Go with Honda inverter eu3000is or two eu2000is. I have a 3000 but it's heavy. I can't lift it by myself to put it in the back of my truck. With the 2000, you can by two and these are lighter.
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:54 PM   #5
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Best one I found and works perfectly is the Briggs 3000 watt generator. It has no problem running anything in the trailer and is still quite quiet and I can still move it around by myself thanks to the two handle top design and the telescopic front handle. It's also very reasonably priced.
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Of course everyone has their favorites and for their reasons. I'll just toss in what I learned from going thru the same. Looked at them all and of course Honda is a Honda... Best you can get but with a price to go along with it. I settled on two smaller champion INVERTER generators with the parallel kit. Has a standard RV Hookup and with both running more than enough power to run everything in the trailer. Best yet each one is small and lightweight and easy to pick up and put in the truck. When running you can stand next to them and have a normal conversation. In fact the AC unit that they are running is usually more noisey than the generators. As with all inverter generators they only run as fast as needed to power the load.. So when the AC cycles off the generators are just about at an idle. Cost wise for me, it was cheaper for the two lighter units than one big Honda. So far not one problem at all.
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Old 02-26-2017, 02:23 PM   #7
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I have a Honda 3000. Like said earlier, it is very heavy, but very quiet. Stayed in an overflow lot at a campground one fourth of July. No hook ups and my refrigerator for some reason wouldn't run on propane. Generator was so quiet they let me run it all night. It is very efficient on gasoline. Will run refrigerator and air conditioner easily all night on one fill. It is expensive for use only 3 or 4 trips a year. I guess for that I would look into a 2000 watt unit. The ones enclosed in cases are very quiet and less than $1000. Look in your dealers parts area. They probably have a nice one on display.
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I have a 2012 rockwood signature ultralight 8288ws with a 15k ac unit. My champion 3100 inverter runs it just fine.
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If you plan on using it in a campground, then you need an INVERTER generator. But they cost more than the noisy open frame generators. To dependably run the a/c, 3000w or more would be needed. That'll start around $700 and up.
You don't necessarily need a 3k genny to run AC. Review this thread for info: Air Conditioning and the Honda EU2000i

You won't be able to run the AC and Microwave or hair dryer at the same time though.
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Look for Ryobi 2000, work for the pass 2 years for me and cost nothing compare to Honda or Yamaha, Big name = big buk.
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