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Old 08-18-2017, 07:21 AM   #1
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Generator for A/C

I went to Harbor Freight yesterday and saw that they had generator on sale. Thinking about getting it to run my camper A/C, refrigerator, etc if it's big enough. I don't know much about electricity, voltage, watts, etc...
I have a Wildwood 261 BHXL (30 amp plug). The generator I'm interested in is Peak Watts 8750 and rated watts 7000.

Will this work? What type of "formula" do you use to figure this out?
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:34 AM   #2
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You've got a lot of reading to do. Start with "inverter" vs. "open frame" generators. Enjoy...
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:38 AM   #3
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Hi Bunkie,
Welcome!

This question gets asked a couple times a week here and there are thousands of opinions on what is the proper choice.

As mentioned, do a search of the forum and you will have days of reading of prior discussions on this subject.

Open frame generators (usually in the wattage range you mentioned) are a big no-no in campgrounds.

If you still have questions once you take a look at prior posts, come back and we'll answer any specific questions you have.
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Thanks! I've done some reading since my initial post and it seems as though EVERYONE recommends a Honda quiet pack generator.
My circumstance pertains more to "do I have enough power" regardless of how loud it is. We don't get to camp as much as I'd like - and DEFINITELY not as much as my 3 kids would like to go. We current'y don't store our camper at our house, but I'm considering storing it here and letting my kids "camp" on the back of my property at my house. There's no power in my pasture where they'd be camping, so I'm just looking for enough power to run the A/C, refrigerator, etc...

I'll continue reading...thanks for the quick replies...and any other tips are always welcomed!
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:13 AM   #5
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A quick reference is how many amps is your camper? Amps X Volts = Watts.
A 30 amp service needs 3600 watts.
A 50 amp service needs 6000 watts.
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The Honda's are great, but I would have to do a lot more camping without hook-ups to justify the cost. Champion, Firman, WEN and Predator all have inverter models around 3100 watts that should run your AC with no problem. All can be had for around $600 or so if you shop around. Costco had the Firman for $550 last week. Price has went back up now though. Good luck.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:28 AM   #7
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Since you have clearly defined noise is not an issue, you can forego the yamaha/honda quiet gen conversation. 4k watts powered my camper just fine (1 AC) and other appliances.

What I would do is buy a 30 amp extension cord that way you can get the gen a little further away from the camper.
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If the loud noise won't bother anyone but you, then an open frame generator may work for where you're planning to use it. (Just don't take it to a campground.)

Besides noise, the other thing to consider is what are you going to power with this generator? There are some experts on the forum that can give you an informed opinion on how good/clean the power is from an open frame "contractor" generator and what types of things need cleaner power. My understanding is that electronics like televisions, microwaves, computers, etc. are more sensitive and need "clean" power which an open frame generator may not be able to provide.
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A quick reference is how many amps is your camper? Amps X Volts = Watts.
A 30 amp service needs 3600 watts.
A 50 amp service needs 6000 watts.
I have a 30 amp plug. 1 A/C mounted on the roof.
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Champion, Firman, WEN and Predator all have inverter models around 3100 watts that should run your AC with no problem.
Is this all I need? Will this allow me to run my A/C and my refrigerator, lights, etc?
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