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Old 06-14-2011, 11:25 PM   #31
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Oh my.... my brain hurts after reading MOST of the posts! I'm confused.. So for my fiver should I get a marine grade deep cycle battery, use the on board inverter/charger and a 3000Watt quiet genset? I have a 30 amp unit with one AC.
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This is a very personal decision as no one answer works for everyone. HOW you camp has a lot to do with it.

If you spend most of your time in full hookup campgrounds, the dual purpose battery and standard converter (not inverter - whole different beast) is most likely just fine. An over night in a Wal-mart parking lot will not overtax your battery (normally about 75 amphours) in the slightest. The next day's drive to a full hookup campground will bring your battery up to snuff in a couple of days with shore power.

If you want to run your TV while at the Wal-mart; THEN your would need an inverter to convert 12 VDC off your battery to 120 VAC to run the TV. NOTE: NOT your coffee maker as a 75 amp hour battery would not last long enough to brew a whole pot.

If you want to run your airconditioner or make coffee then you would need a generator. 3000 watt is about right for a 30 amp camper; though some get by with the 2400 watt unit by watching what is on at the same time.

If you boondock a lot; your needs become very different and the standard equipment quickly becomes inadequate for the job. There are many good books on boondocking and you should invest in a couple to bring you up to speed.

When we talk about using a dedicated battery charger running off the generator, we are talking to folks who spend a LOT of time "off the grid" and need to keep their battery BANK (2, 4 or 8 batteries) fully cycled for maximum life.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:06 AM   #32
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I have a honda eu3000. i purchased it used for $1100, it was one year old. When I use it I carry it on a carrier inserted in the hitch on my Cardinal 3625. It is quiet and easy to start and set up. If I so desired I could add a remote start where I could start and shut it off inside of my fifth wheel.
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:28 AM   #33
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I have a honda eu3000. i purchased it used for $1100, it was one year old. When I use it I carry it on a carrier inserted in the hitch on my Cardinal 3625. It is quiet and easy to start and set up. If I so desired I could add a remote start where I could start and shut it off inside of my fifth wheel.
Our Yamaha 3000SeB has the remote start and a propane gas conversion kit. I use whatever is cheaper at the time to run it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:13 AM   #34
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Lou,
How do you like your Yamaha generator ?

I was thinking about getting the EF2400iSHC version. It's about $1400 and weighs 75 lbs. Any comments on the EF2400iSHC ?

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Bean, I have the EF2400is. It is great for my purposes.....it is quiet, sips gas, still manageable for this ol' body, and will run my 13,500 BTU AC just fine. But, I take the precautions to make sure everything else is off, including cutting the fridge on gas only before cranking up the genny. If the fridge is on "auto", as soon as you plug in the generator, it will switch to electric.

I also take let the AC run on low fan a couple of minutes before switching to AC. That lets the fan get up to speed, so that draw is eliminated. The Yamaha overload light will come on for a second or so when the AC compressor starts, but then it is smooth sailing. I have run the AC at 3500', and another member here has commented that he has had good luck with running the AC at 7000'.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:54 AM   #36
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How do you like your Yamaha generator ?

I was thinking about getting the EF2400iSHC version. It's about $1400 and weighs 75 lbs. Any comments on the EF2400iSHC ?

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First off let me say I love it. Having said that...

If I had to do it over again I would get the dual Honda setup 2000i I think. Though it is awesome to run the AC and the microwave without worry when the gen is running; the fuel savings with the dual setup is huge.

I also would not bother with the propane unless you are into "survival" and worry about having to run the generator off stored propane for an extended period from a big tank or many little ones. (My thought process when I ordered it)

The remote start is worth the price of admission. I love it.
(though not available on the dual Honda rig)

The downside with the 2 Hondas of course is to save the fuel you only run the primary generator and don't start #2 unless you need AC or microwave. That means you need to go out and pull start #2.

There is a add on called a "fuel buddy" that replaces the gas caps on both generators and siphions fuel out of a 5 gallon plastic can that will feed both generators so you are not out there every 5 minutes refilling them. Worse, if DW is in the middle iof a huge email and the genny dies you will be hearing about it the whole trip.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:41 AM   #37
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Lou,
How do you like your Yamaha generator ?

I was thinking about getting the EF2400iSHC version. It's about $1400 and weighs 75 lbs. Any comments on the EF2400iSHC ?

Thanks,
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I purchased the Yamaha 2400ISHC earlier this spring. I found one on ebay that was new, with a full warranty for $1099.00 (no tax and shipping included). This seller has them every once in a while. I can get you the name if you want it. I live on the high plains of Wyoming. My home is at 7200 ft and I am able to run the 13.5 A/C just fine. It is light enough that I can move it around with no problem and so so quiet.
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I was looking at Home depot and Lowes sites and non seem to mention they have a specific 30 amp RV plug. Is it rare for a generator to have one?
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I was looking at Home depot and Lowes sites and non seem to mention they have a specific 30 amp RV plug. Is it rare for a generator to have one?
I have not personally seen a genny with the 30Amp rv plug, you would need an adapter for what ever plug the genny has to the 30Amp rv style or mod the genny to have a 30amp rv plug on it.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:09 PM   #40
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I was looking at Home depot and Lowes sites and non seem to mention they have a specific 30 amp RV plug. Is it rare for a generator to have one?
Both Home Depot and Lowes sell the female socket for mounting on a weatherproof box on the exterior of a building.

Shop Pass & Seymour/Legrand 30-Amp Surface-Mount Power Outlet at Lowes.com=

However you will need to go to a RV store to buy the male ends.

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