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Old 07-21-2016, 04:47 PM   #51
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My question was whether or not you can connect two different makes of generators together.
I was responding to the original poster....sorry. Nope----I wouldn't try to connect different brands.....
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:31 PM   #52
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When my air (15K unit) is running, the input current is over 24 amps! The only generator acceptable for me is something that has a minimum 3400 full time running watts (28.33amps available). The champion 4000s meet that requirement. Hondas and others don't unless one gets the champion equivalent at a much higher weight and 5-7 times the price. No way Hondas can justify that price level - my opinion.


I made my TT 100% fully off-grid capable. When I get the time, I will post a rather lengthy summary of the mods and what I went through with FR and the dealer - not now, but it isn't good. The dealer ..... FR ended up OK.


I may have to post the full article elsewhere with a URL link to it due to it's probable size
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:55 PM   #53
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We have two Lifan 2600 watt inverter gerators we can tie together if we need the air conditioner. We have two batteries which has come in handy. You can dry camp longer without charging and we had one go bad but we just disconnected it and still had power until we could replace the bad one. We installed a metal box over the batteries on the front aframe of the trailer to carry our generators. Enjoy camping.
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:59 PM   #54
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If price is not an object---then a Honda....if it is and you just want basic power I would recommend this----A Ryobi 2200 W from Home Depot....Ryobi 2,200-Watt Green Gasoline Powered Digital Inverter Generator-RYI2200 - The Home Depot
x2, I picked up one at HD, then found the second for $399 on EBay. Still in the box, all paperwork, as new. I then found the Ariens parallel cable for $100 and have 3600 running watts. Ryobi doesn't make their parallel cable anymore (or didn't at that time) but on their website it said compatible with Ariens generators...so it works just fine on Ryobis. That is 30.0 Amps available with some buffer during start up. I have 30 amps for just at $1100, about what one Honda Companion sells for most of the time.
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:34 PM   #55
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We bought a set of Honda 2000 ie and it companion. we hook them both together to create 4000 amp. it ran our Outback 29' bumper pull trailer just fine when we were set up with not ship to shore line. I carried them with us as backup because some places had storms that knocked out the camp electric supply.. we took two medium dog kennels and made hole in the back for the electric cord to hook them together and to run the trailer cord through. we put the exhaust to the kennel doors so the units could breath but not get wet in the rain.. I ran a steel cable thro the handles and locked it to our camper. one person took the design one step farther and put a motion detector inside the kennel so if some one tried to pick it up the alarm would sound nice and loud. Our gennies worked just fine with our 30 trailer and with our 30 RV.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:01 PM   #56
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I must admit I'm impressed with all the different ideas for enclosures. Just seems like a lot of trouble to build and haul around. Our 2 Hondas are 10 years old and we have used them in rain, hail, snow, and dust storms. I do put them on a small wooden pallet to keep them out of the mud and dust. In prolonged bad weather I might put them under the fifth wheel overhang. Just don't see the need for enclosures.
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I must admit I'm impressed with all the different ideas for enclosures. Just seems like a lot of trouble to build and haul around. Our 2 Hondas are 10 years old and we have used them in rain, hail, snow, and dust storms. I do put them on a small wooden pallet to keep them out of the mud and dust. In prolonged bad weather I might put them under the fifth wheel overhang. Just don't see the need for enclosures.


My enclosure is not for weather.
It gives me the quiet run noise of the Honda. With my $300 generator.
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My enclosure is not for weather.
It gives me the quiet run noise of the Honda. With my $300 generator.
I understand that. But the enclosure probably weighs more than my Honda and takes up more room when transporting. I'm glad your system works for you, I'll stick with my Hondas and if they ever wear out I will buy Honda again. Happy camping!
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We just bought our first TT. What gender should we buy and why? Also when looking a campgrounds, they say 30 or 50 amp. What the heck does that mean?
Based on your comments, it appears you may be a newbie to the RV world. I would recommend that you forget about a generator for now. First take advantage of campgrounds like state parks that offer electric and water. Also, enjoy a few KOA and GoodSam campgrounds where you will get Elect, Water and Sewer. During those trips you can get comfortable with the features and benefits of your new TT.

Then...if you decide you want to venture into Dry Camping which means just dropping anchor somewhere in the desert or mountains with now hookups to electric or water or perhaps signing up to stay in a parking lot at a sports event or NASCAR race, then you can consider one of the generator recommendations from others here.

I have a Champion 3100 inverter which I highly recommend for its great price/performance/customer service ratings. However, consider I rarely ever need it and most of the time I just leave it at home in the garage. Most of your campsites will likely have hookups and you wont need the genny.

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I have the pair of Honda 2000ie's. They can be run in parallel to give a full 30A. The second Honda in the pair has a 30A RV receptacle. They should be started monthly and stored with a non-ethanol fuel such as Tru-Fuel. I let mine set up for 4 months with normal fuel and I had to take them in for service to have the carbs cleaned. You can run them with normal fuel, they just need to be stored with Tru-Fuel.

Another trick - When starting them. Turn on the switch, set the Choke on, pull the cord slowly for 5 or 6 times. Then pull hard. It will start every time. After they warm up a little, turn the choke off. The slow pulls prime the fuel pump.

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