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Old 11-16-2014, 08:12 PM   #11
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I started off with a Yamaha EF2400is. Just light enough to move around for one person (short distances) but the tank always lasted me exactly 8 hours, not quite enough on days I wanted to sleep in. I was also worried about getting enough power from it for future trips to 8000+ feet in the Rockies (at 8000 feet you lose almost 25% of the engine and electrical power, more if you don't re-jet it).

I considered the twin Hondas, the thought of using one when needed, having a built-in backup, and easily moving them around were pluses. However, I wanted 10+ hours of runtime w/o putting together an external tank, and the lighter generators meant it would be easier for them to be stolen.

I ended up with the Honda EU3000is. Too heavy to be moved around, so harder for it to walk off. No issues last summer at high altitudes. And it lasts longer than our longest stop at truck stops, over 12 hours. I ran the majority of our house as a test and it wasn't done when I stopped it at 21 hours.

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Old 12-05-2014, 11:02 PM   #12
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We elected to go with the Onan 5.5 LP model and dealer installed it in front cargo hold of our 2008 Cardinal. Didn't want to deal with fumes and extra cans associated with gasoline. It is wired with on/off and op-hours meter next to the inside control panel. Portion of underbelly cut out so oil drain is simple and easy access and air flow for cooling.

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2009- 42 days; 2010-40 days, 2011- 40 days. 2012- 30 days,
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:58 PM   #13
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Hi, Does anybody know anything about the Lifan 5500 watt inverter? I am looking at it and it looks pretty good for what I need. I just do not know the name. I will not be using it a lot I just want an inverter that is quiet and does not cost an arm and a leg. Thank you
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:06 AM   #14
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Started off with Champion 4000 and have never used it for trailer....use it to run chain saw and blower at times...and once a year hook it to camper to make sure it works...
Keep in back of truck bed under foldable cover....start first of second pull and has plenty of power.....not too loud for me.....they all get noisy when you are using high load on was good deal for me at the takes two 25 ft power cords to reach the trailer plug, but does not seem to affect current flow or amount.
Run it right in the back of the truck but do have 8 ft bed so it is not under trailer and exhaust deflects up and over side of truck away from trailer....has never been issue.
Good luck....

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Old 12-06-2014, 08:47 AM   #15
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Had a Honda 6500 inverter. Super quiet and powered everything. Pain loading and unloading. Had an Onan mounted in the front storage compartment of the new 5er. Can run it while travelling.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:39 AM   #16
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We use a Honda 3000 handi and love it. Has all the power we need but is light enough for one person to lift and move. It does give up some fuel capacity and electric start but I'm good with that as its so much lighter. My only concern was whether it would make it all night with the A/C on and it does easily.

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