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Old 03-19-2018, 05:16 PM   #1
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inverter generator help needed

I'm close to picking up my new 2018 rockwood 2304ks. I have some very simple questions about using an inverter generator.
I plan on dry camping in some NJ state parks with no hook ups. I think I want a small generator? Do I simply plug in my power cord from my trailer into the generator ? Will this also charge my batteries while the generator is in use ?
I do not plan on using the AC, so for a long weekend, with 2 adults and 2 batteries, will I need to run 2 small generators in parallel ?
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:33 PM   #2
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For just recharging the batteries and running the microwave, you'll be fine with a 2000w INVERTER generator.
No need to have a second one to parallel unless you want to run the a/c.

We've been dry camping for 12 years now and our Honda 2000i does it all but run the a/c.
I just use a 30 to 20 amp adapter and plug the shore cord into the Honda.

The trailer's converter will recharge the battery just as if you were plugged into shore power.
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Old 03-20-2018, 12:29 AM   #3
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FYI, generator nomenclature for power rating is misleading. A generator that calls itself a 2000 watt generator means it is capable of a surge load of 2000 watts. The real value you need to look at is continuous load. Most of the 2000 watt parallel generators can only put out 1600 watts continuous and less above sea level elevation.

With 1600 watts, you will have about 300 watts left if you use the microwave. This means you should run your fridge and hot water heater on propane the entire time as you won't have sufficient capacity to run more than once at a time.
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Old 03-20-2018, 12:42 AM   #4
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The new Honda EU2200i's have 1800 watts sustained for the same price as the discontinued EU2000i's which had 1600 watts sustained.
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Old 03-20-2018, 01:19 PM   #5
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Hard to beat the Nothern Tool 2000W inverter

It is 55% of the cost of a Honda, rated quieter, and has a 30 amp plug which means no adapting to the 3 pronged 110 plug. Plus it lasts about 10.5 hours on a tank of gas too.

I do a lot of dry camping at NFS sites in Virginia and find this little guy more than fits the bill. I recharge my CPAP battery with it.
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It is 55% of the cost of a Honda, rated quieter, and has a 30 amp plug which means no adapting to the 3 pronged 110 plug. Plus it lasts about 10.5 hours on a tank of gas too.

I do a lot of dry camping at NFS sites in Virginia and find this little guy more than fits the bill. I recharge my CPAP battery with it.
What is 55% of the cost of a Honda?
You didn't mention what generator you're talking about.
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What is 55% of the cost of a Honda?
You didn't mention what generator you're talking about.
I'm guessing it's the one in his title

Hard to beat the Nothern Tool 2000W inverter
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I'm guessing it's the one in his title

Hard to beat the Nothern Tool 2000W inverter
cavie, where is it mentioned in the title "inverter generator help needed"?
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Here is a link

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...3983_200623983

They often put this on sale for $569.99. Combine that with one of their online coupons which may give you $100 off a $500 purchase (they run those periodically too) and you have a really sweet deal.

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You can get the Champion 2000w inverter generator for less than that.
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