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Old 05-10-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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1000 vs 2000 watt generator for A122?

We want to get a generator to top off our battery and charge our laptops and phones on 7+ day camping trips. We would also like to add a propane conversion kit. One of us leaning toward the 2000 and the other the 1000. What do you think?

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Old 05-10-2015, 07:05 PM   #2
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For the price difference, 2000w, but I'm biased. Better to have to much juice instead of not enough

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Old 05-10-2015, 07:12 PM   #3
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For the price difference, 2000w
I would tend to agree. If pennies are tight.. a 1000w would keep you in business, but you would get more bang for your buck with a 2000w. It also opens up a wealth of other uses aside from just charging your battery/ies.

Is there a specific reason for wanting to convert to Propane?
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:44 PM   #4
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1000 vs 2000 watt generator for A122?

My boyfriend does not want to have anything to do with the smell of gas in the car, while we're transporting the generator/trailer to the campsite. He feels that propane is a much safer and cleaner fuel. I understand his concerns but have concerns about putting all of our "energy eggs" in one propane basket. We tow our A122 with a Subaru Outback, so excess weight is a concern.

I would love to find out from those of you who have used generators in a small A122 trailer:

1) Whether propane is a safer, better fuel choice than gasoline for a 1000 or 2000-watt generator. If you use gasoline, do you experience gas fumes in your tow vehicle (e.g.,) or is the generator sealed well enough that there are no fumes? How long does gas generally last in your 1000 or 2000 (more than 3.8 hours?)

2) While I agree 100% in getting more bang for our buck with a 2000 watt generator, my boyfriend feels a 1000-watt should be plenty for topping off the battery and our laptops and phones. Besides more 19 pounds more weight, a few inches larger size, and only $200 more in cost, what are compelling reasons to get a 2000? Is it true that a 2000 generator converted for propane would have to work at full power at all times (meaning, no throttling down of power output for a low-energy phone, for example)? Are our calculations incorrect that a 2000-watt generator would likely only get 11 hours of power out of a 5-gallon propane tank, vs. 22 hours for a 1000-watt generator? That sounds counter-intuitive to me, so if you could explain whether a 2000 would actually provide double the potential hours of power, I would appreciate it.

3) For those of you who use a generator in a small A-frame, what types of appliances do you use the generator for? We've only thought about the battery and laptops and phones, but what other electric appliances or tools do you use?

Thank you In advance for any light you can shed on any of these issues.
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:17 PM   #5
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Honda has a 2000Watt generator/Inverter that is very robust, extremely quiet (By comparison) and can be converted to run on propane with a readily available kit.

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They are pricey. I have the 3000Watt version. It is very efficient and quiet. I used it to power the A/C in my Lance 835 truck Camper. I would by another One in a heartbeat

We used ours to power or home refrig and sump pumps well as next door neighbors, during Hurricane Sandy. Other Neighbors of ours had different brands and had issues, our's never skipped a beat. You get what you pay for in this case for sure

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Old 05-10-2015, 09:22 PM   #6
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I am ready to buy a Honda 2000

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?
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:27 PM   #7
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The eco-throttle on the Honda will easily charge a cell phone at low speed. The fule tank on my Honda 2000's is air tight when closed and dose not vent any gas fumes. If you ever trade up, you can add another honda 2000 and have a nice set up that will run an AC unit.

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The Honda is physically small for its rated size. I am suggesting the Honda for its reliability, ease of use and the availability of Propane conversion (as requested). I am not sure of the specs of your A/C so it would be unfair of me to speculate. How many Amps does your A/C draw when running and how many during start-up? The 2000 will run everything else in your camper (at the same time probably)

The Honda can run for ~8+ hours on one tank of gas depending on the Elect load you put on it. Never saw a need for propane and gas available everywhere.

We carried ours in the backseat area of our crew cab truck full of gas when starting out and never smelled it. You can shut off the fuel supply to the engine on ours and let it run out of gas in the carb to keep it from sludgeing. MFG reccomended

If your partner wants the best, no hassle, starts every time and quiet generator, Buy a Honda and never look back. There are 218 reviews I linked that gave an overall 4.9 out of 5 stars. There is a reason of that
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:25 AM   #9
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Maybe Try Solar for a season?


We currently have the Yamaha EF2400iSHC so we can run the A/C but it's kind of bulky and heavy. We never smell any trace of gasoline in the SUV. We fill it before we leave and it usually lasts a week; probably because we have yet to need the A/C. If need be, we'd throw it in the SUV mid-week and refill it on a trip into town. Have thought about putting a gas can in the storage area of our A122S, but just haven't needed that kind of power. Right after we bought the Yamaha, I thought I'd heard that Honda came out with a generator around the 2400 watt range, but I don't see it on the internet.

Last year, before we got the Yamaha, we used a combination of a solar panel and an inverter. It was plenty to charge two phones, a tablet, a wireless hot spot, and a laptop. We put in a cigarette lighter adapter and we have a voltage meter that plugs in to monitor the battery. For awhile, we carried a nice automotive battery charger and would run the SUV, connect the inverter and charge the trailer battery before we tried solar. It would recharge the trailer battery very quickly.

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Think also about mission creep in deciding the size. Are you going to want to run the microwave oven and can the 1000 do that with 900 watts of continuous power?

Then to make things muddier rather than help you narrow the decision, for electronics charging, water pump and lights, you might also consider getting a group 31 battery and a solar panel array. Without the furnace, careful use and a G31 battery will get you through most of a week. A easy to handle solar array could keep you powered up except in the worst of weather when you could use your car as a fall back for device charging.

Solar is more fashionable, as in "greener." It can be a plug'n'play system with the controller wired into the electrical system making it just about as easy to use as a generator, and certainly doesn't leave fumes beyond the initial manufacturing.


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