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Old 12-13-2017, 01:30 PM   #1
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need help selecting a Generator for EVO

I am thinking of getting a small portable generator for my EVO T2360 travel trailer to run a coffee maker, charge the TT batteries, watch TV and play DVD player as well as run lights. All lights in my TT are L.E.D. I am thinking of getting a 2000 watt Generator. I don't want to buy a honda or one of those because of the expense, and we won't be dry camping that much. Won't be using the AC either. I have seen several, but how do you hook them to the trailer. most only have a 110 duplex outlet. do you use a adapter that converts your RV cord to a normal plug for plugging into a duplex outlet on the generator? I am thinking of getting a cheap sportsman 2000 watt non inverter type. What do you use? what do you recommend. The sportsman is $169 and a WEN is $179 both are non inverter types. THe inverter types are $500 or more.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:37 PM   #2
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This topic has been discussed many times on this forum.
A search will bring up thousands of previous suggestions.

For what you mentioned, a smaller wattage generator would be fine.

Unless you plan to camp on private ground, a non-inverter generator (even a small one) will be too loud for approved use.

Yes, the cord can be plugged into the 15/20a outlet on the generator with an adapter.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:38 PM   #3
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A descent generator will have a 30 amp receptacle. The generators you have listed will most likely be loud and obnoxious. If you want to be cheap, buy a Ferman inverter generator.
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:22 PM   #4
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If you plan on using the generator in a campground, NEITHER generator is appropriate. NO open frame contractor-style generator is appropriate for use in a campground.

Those style of generators are fine for boondocking in non-developed areas, like deserts, motor races and national forests.

A Champion 2000w inverter generator can be bought for under $500. Look for refurbished units.
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Costco has an 2000 watt (1,600 watt running) iPower generator with a Chinese Yamaha engine in it. I bought one previously when it was called SmartPower for use at our cabin and it is just fine. The new version allows you to connect 2 generators with a parallel cord. They are $499 new right now.
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I agree with those suggesting you'll not like the noise of the non inverter noisy open frame units. I owned a Harbor Freight Predator 2000W for a short while and loved it. Quite, easy to start and would run everything except the AC which in the only reason I traded it back in for a predator 3500W. Watch the HF sales and you can find them on sale for $399. You could also look at Champion but either way you'll not regret spending the extra for a quite running inverter gen.
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Generator inverter

Look at Ryobi 2200 $549.
I have one for the pass 4 years, very good unit.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-2-...2200/203617901
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Get a inverter generator, the others are too noisy and use a lot more fuel.
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The Energizer 2,000 watt inverter generator is on sale at Cabela's on Saturday for $379.00 You can see reviews of it on YouTube. Very similar to the Honda in size, design, noise, etc..

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Sams Club has a Sportsman 1,000 watt (which is all you need for what you specified) for only $198.. Or the 2,000 watt model for $394.. You can view and order on-line. Great return policy. It is worth joining if you are not a member already.
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That Energizer generator is a Chinese made one that has been made with many different brands on them and in various colors.
They are all virtually the same and have been around for at least 5-6 years.
They aren't parallel capable.
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