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Old 02-10-2014, 10:36 PM   #1
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Smile generator for Freedom express 246rks

Anyone have experience with what generators work best for a travel trailer. We have a 30 amp service and our a/c is 15000 btu. We like to dry camp and are used to a motor home. This is our first travel trailer. I have two 12volt batteries. Any advise would be helpful.

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Old 02-11-2014, 03:48 AM   #2
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you're going to need a minimum of 3000 watt generator.
if you're in a campground it needs to be an inverter generator.
if you're boondocking then it doesn't need to be.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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Check out the nice generator I have for sale in the classifieds. It is very quite and priced right for a digital inverter type. Never really used just ran it every few months to keep it in good shape.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:17 AM   #4
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Check out the nice generator I have for sale in the classifieds. It is very quite and priced right for a digital inverter type. Never really used just ran it every few months to keep it in good shape.
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That Kipor is only appropriate for boondocking and definitely not appropriate for use in a campground! 68db @ zero load, Yikes!
Even the inexpensive open-framed Champion 3500 is only 65db.
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I will need low noise as we camp in National parks and forests
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:00 PM   #6
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I will need low noise as we camp in National parks and forests
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One other consideration - do those areas have generator hours? Where we are, the cg's limit you to 2 hrs in the am and 2 hrs in the pm. That really limits the effectiveness of your AC when you can't run it through the hottest part of the day. In that situation, a 2000W inverter generator would power everything else plus recharge the batteries and be smaller & less expensive.
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I will need low noise as we camp in National parks and forests
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if i were you, i'd look real hard at the new Champion 3100w inverter generator.
made by a proven company that has a great reputation in the RV community,
noise level nearly as quiet as Honda/Yamaha units, has 30amp RV outlet, weight is decent and i think it can come with a electric start.
and for less than $1000!
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We use a Yamaha EF3000ISEB. It works excellent, provides gobs of power (no problems running our 15k A/C, TV, etc). It's relatively quiet, certainly more quiet than standard generators. It's heavy, but we leave it in the truck bed full time. It does have wheels and we used ramps to put it in the truck.

We got a 30 amp cord and hook it up right from the back of the truck.
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I went with two EI2600iER Lifan generators with the parallel kit so I can use one or both if needed like last summer on the west cost where we were having 110 degree days. The tech dept says they are powered by Yamaha engines. Just picked them up so I will report back when I see how the work. They are rated at 58Db at 23' so they will meet NP regulations. They are US made in Arkansas just a few hours from home so I liked that. Hunter RV in Sapulpa, OK made the price right and I have used there parts, service department with my Diesel pusher until I sold it and bought this Trailer from them. I have come to trust them and they told me about these Lifan generators.
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Buy a name brand like Honda or Yamaha or other reputable brand. Yes, you will need a 3,000 watt (big and bulky). Or perhaps two Honda 2000's with a pairing kit (pretty small) . Do not buy the Chinese one from Pep Boys, you can't get parts for them. Run Mobil 1 synthetic oil, it will cost you an additional $10 over the life of the unit. Fire it up once a month to keep it from getting gummed up, and plug in a halogen shop light or your wife's hair dryer to load it up and make it have a load. Put fuel stabilizer in your gas can if you don't use up all the gas in a few months.
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