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Old 05-14-2015, 09:50 AM   #31
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But Deaver, my partner has numerous concerns about it: size, weight, too much generator for what we need. That's why I am trying to solicit more persuasive arguments from you pros who have been using generators. Even tho we have a very small trailer, the A/C would need a 3000-watt, so even a 2000-watt model wouldn't get us A/C. Is there anything else you use your generator for? Do you use gas or propane-conversion for your generator? If it's gas, how do you transport the generator from your home to the campsite? Is there a gas smell left in your tow vehicle? Do you empty the gas after each use so it doesn't get sludgy over time?
My eu2000 runs the Aframe AC no problem. I would also recommend the 2000, it's just more versatile. It can be used to run power tools if needed. Another way you could go is extra batteries and solar? Plenty of youtube videos on how to add extended tanks. As with any gas powered small engine it's best to run the float bowl dry.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:16 PM   #32
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Carrying gasoline inside a vehicle is dangerous. It might even be illegal. It's supposed to be carried in an externally vented compartment. Plus are you going to carry a gas can in your car too? Yikes.

With double propane tanks you've got 9 gallons of propane. If you've already got that, why carry gasoline too?

Gasoline sitting in a generator will gum up if stored for a long period. It might not work come spring. Propane won't do that.

As far as I'm concerned, a propane powered generator is the only way to go. One propane bottle will last over a week running the generator for an hour a day, the furnace all night long (temps in the 30s), water heater, stove, and fridge.

One comment about using a generator to run your AC. If your battery isn't fully charged, you'll probably have to disconnect the battery while the trailer is plugged into the generator to run the AC. The battery charger plus the AC is definitely too much for the 2000 watt generators. Everything works fine on your trailer with the battery disconnected and the trailer connected to the generator.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:28 PM   #33
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"externally vented compartment".. like a gas tank?

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Old 05-14-2015, 05:48 PM   #34
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"externally vented compartment".. like a gas tank?

X2........Go find propane after 2am...........propane powered gens Lose power! Won't gum up if you maintain it (them)
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:26 PM   #35
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X2........Go find propane after 2am...........propane powered gens Lose power! Won't gum up if you maintain it (them)
Propane doesn't lose power. Check out the FAQ on the "US careburation" website: FAQ's
After you do the conversion, you can run it on gasoline or propane, and I haven't noticed any power loss on propane.

Maintenance requires draining the gas tank. PITA.

Propane gens don't run out of fuel, because you've got so much. Only gas gens run out.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:52 PM   #36
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Propane doesn't lose power. Check out the FAQ on the "US careburation" website: FAQ's
After you do the conversion, you can run it on gasoline or propane, and I haven't noticed any power loss on propane.

Maintenance requires draining the gas tank. PITA.

Propane gens don't run out of fuel, because you've got so much. Only gas gens run out.
Go to Pikes Peak....Extended stay fuel tanks....Next time I need propane I'll give 'ya a call and you can pack those puppies around.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:25 PM   #37
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Carrying gasoline inside a vehicle is dangerous. It might even be illegal. It's supposed to be carried in an externally vented compartment. Plus are you going to carry a gas can in your car too? Yikes.
How do you transport gas for your lawnmower? I don't know about you, but I do carry the gas can inside my cars when I take it, and return from getting it filled. The same with the propane cylinders.

The only legal requirement in Colorado is to remove the portable tank from the vehicle when filling. And a portable gas can cannot be bigger than 6 gallons according to the placard at most gas stations.

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One comment about using a generator to run your AC. If your battery isn't fully charged, you'll probably have to disconnect the battery while the trailer is plugged into the generator to run the AC. The battery charger plus the AC is definitely too much for the 2000 watt generators. Everything works fine on your trailer with the battery disconnected and the trailer connected to the generator.
As has been posted, the Cool Cat on A-frames will easily run off a 2000 watt generator. It's a smaller air conditioner than almost any other RV has because there is smaller volume to cool and better inherent insulation in the foam panels. The additional 300 watts used to recharge a discharged battery (assumes you can actually get the cheap stock converters to go into bulk mode) is not going to overload anything. The failure of the battery to recharge quickly is a failure of the stock converter to go into bulk charge mode - not overloading a 2000 watt genny.

The cheap stock converters reportedly have issues supplying DC to camper loads without a functional battery to buffer the electronics - read some of the posts in the forums. I would NOT disconnect the battery on my A-frame except during storage.

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Old 05-15-2015, 09:10 PM   #38
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We use a 1000 watt yamaha with our camper. It is used to only charge the battery and usually keep it only 1/2 full. As for the gas can we do not carry one. I bought one of those hand syphon pumps from walmart to syphon from our vehicle and plastic tied a clamp to the outlet that I can clamp it to the fill cap of the generator. After I am done let the lines dry out and cork the ends of them.
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:25 PM   #39
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Here is the Final result (almost): Against my better judgment, and most of your recommendations, I caved/gave in to the boyfriend and special ordered the 1000 from the Camping World warehouse. Camping World's computer went down for replacement after I ordered it, so they couldn't tell me when delivery would be. A bit of panic set in because we r going on a 4-nite trip next week. But the 1000 arrived yesterday, just AFTER the boyfriend said he had done more research and decides the 1000 probably would NOT be adequate after all. Arrgghhh! He said any CW store should take the unopened 1000 back for a refund. But when I called our local store, they said the Store Manager would decide whether or not to take it back. We are now on our way to the store to see if we can upgrade to the 2000 generator!
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Hope you showed him all the posts from those of us who recommended the 2000w, in the first place!😉
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