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Old 01-24-2016, 06:19 AM   #1
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We just sold our Wildcat 29RK and purchased a Cedar Creek Silverback 29RE. This one has 2 air conditioners which we decided was necessary for the Texas summers. Looking forward for our first trip out in the rv. This particular model has a residential style refrigerator and I am now in the market for a generator. We normally do not boondock, but feel the need to be prepared. There are a number of generators on the market, and we would like to hear from those who use generators what brands they would recommend. Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-24-2016, 06:41 AM   #2
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What do you want to run on the generator?
If you want to run both a/c's, then I recommend two paralleled 2000w inverter generators.
Honda, Yamaha or Champion.

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Old 01-24-2016, 06:54 AM   #3
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The size (output) of the generator will actually depend on how much wattage you plan on using at one time. At a minimum, I would think to run your basic RV needs (no A/C) you need at least a 2k unit. My choice would be a Honda or Yamaha inverter unit. They are easy to start, quiet, and will do a excellent job up to the 2K draw. There is a Chinese unit (Champion?) that's also a 2K inverter unit that sells for several hundred $$ less than the Honda or Yamaha. I don't, however, have any personal experience with this unit so I can't comment on it. Due to the reduced price, you may want to investigate it.
Add up all the wattage of the appliances you will using at one time and this will give you a pretty good idea of what size generator to buy.
Just a note---if you need more than the 2k output, you can buy a wiring kit to allow you to pair up 2 of the 2k units and double you available wattage to 4k.
Good luck. I suggest you shop on line to find the best price on the unit you want to buy!
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:56 AM   #4
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What Bikendan said. Maybe even bigger to run both ACs at once, plus other stuff, so what RSchleder said.
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Depending on what you all want to run the Boliy 3600 SiE will run a 15.000 BTU ac . I't cheaper than buying two Honda 2000 which you would be pushing to run two ac. The Boliy comes with electric starter for $1039.00. You can also get the up grade 3600SiX ( to add an external 6 gal tank ($1269) This what I use. Sound DB are very close to Honda. Later RJD
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:12 AM   #6
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:16 AM   #7
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If you don't do a lot of boondocking and just need it for the occasional Walmart or race day use then the Champions that Tractor Supply sells should do you. I have had one for 5 years that lives in the bed of my truck. I cover it with a small tarp. But every time it was needed it would start right up on 2-3 pulls. Runs the main AC and TV etc. It really isn't as noisy as the Honda users will lead you to believe. I think it is just they have to justify their $1000 generators against my $300 champion lol lol lol.... But for use in a truck stop parking lot or a rest area who cares...
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:51 AM   #8
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I have two 2000 Honda generators. I love them and never leave home without them. I also have the 30Amp bridge that mates them together. When I pack, I put a generator on each side of the bay storage to balance the load. They start fast, and one of them will keep up with everything in the trailer and surprisingly one AC. When paired, I go through and light everything off just to load them for maintenance. Works Great!!

They are pretty good on Gas Mileage too. I keep a two gallon can in the back of the truck. Haven't run out yet.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:58 PM   #9
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I am in Texas and even a 3000i won't run 2 AC units. You have to have a gen set with 50amp output and a non-inverted set will just burn up your electrical stuff . Just plan on hookups. Put a couple of Trojans in to run the inverter for the fridge when you are on the road or boon docking. you'll never regret it.

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