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Old 06-24-2016, 02:44 PM   #1
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I'm still new to having a camper and am investigating generators currently. I am curious what the veterans recommend. I have a 32' Heritage Glen 27BH model. Do you get a generator that fits in one of the storage cubbys? Do you get a generator that you just haul in the back of the pickup tow vehicle? Do you bother with a generator at all? What are the pros and cons of getting gas powered vs propane powered vs dual fuel? Do you have solar panels too? If you have an experience and lessons learned I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:50 PM   #2
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i dont have nearly the trailer you do. I went with the Champion 3100w unit sold on amazon or home depot. was inexpensive, has wheels and is about 80#s so i can easily lift it into the truck myself. its a bit louder then Honda's 3100w unit which weights over 100#s.

I have used mine 10 times with no issues.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:04 PM   #3
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Do you plan on camping where there is no electric?

If so, will you be in places that have quiet hours?

I can answer yes to both. I found a new 3500/4500 Champion generator under $325 with a remote start. Nice in the morning when the DW wants to use the coffee pot and during the day I can keep her cool on the 30Amp plug it has.

Keep reading here and when you have decided, Shop forever until you find it in your price range. Keep re-checking sites as the prices to go up and down due to price matching. I bought mine online from Sears and spent a couple of months watching a $100 price swing.

If you want to use computer equipment while on a generator, your price point just went way up.

Good luck...
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:06 PM   #4
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Mainly I'd like to be able to run the 13500 but AC, TV, and some lights. We rarely use the microwave so no issues if I can't fire that up with the AC on.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:11 PM   #5
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Mainly I'd like to be able to run the 13500 but AC, TV, and some lights. We rarely use the microwave so no issues if I can't fire that up with the AC on.
Those kind of issues are what you are in for. Not rich, so I have learned to adapt. Mine runs the AC fine. I have to keep tabs on the DW though.

I had to educate her that making a baseball glove of TP was not good in a TT. LOL.......
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:51 PM   #6
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Champion Inverters have a 30amp RV plug that accepts your trailers shore power cable.

Champion 3100 manual start is what I use. If you had more A/C's you could consider the newer Champion 3400. Both units are closed frame Inverter type and not the open frame contractor type. This translates to cleaner power and much quieter (53db in econonmode, only 59db at full load). You'll find the quietest open frame units noise rated in the mid-60's DB or higher. I read somewhere that a 2 db increase translates to twice the audible noise.

In the Champion 3100 class you can get it with electric remote start if you like. Also, their newest inverter is the 3400 Dual Fuel that delivers 3400 watts on gas and 2800 watts on propane at the turn of a switch (yes you can use the onboard propane grill connection).

For the original manual pull start 3100 you have the option of adding a kit that will let you use a remote fuel tank like what you would use with say a 5hp outboard motor. The inverters all have an internal tank of about 1.6gals good for 4 or 5 hours of run time with the A/C on. Small marine external tanks are typically 3gals or 6gals (mine is 6).
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Thanks. I'm really liking the idea of the dual fuel generators even though they come at a bit more of a premium. I've heard good things about the Champions. Has anyone used the Sportsman generators? I found a dual fuel 3500 watt unit that is only 90 lbs. It's an open frame unit so it will be a bit louder, but it's just under $400 making it not too bad of a deal. Here a link to one on Amazon. It gets good reviews on other websites like Home Depot. https://www.amazon.com/Sportsman-GEN...sman+dual+fuel
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I use a Boliy 3600SIE gen that weights 75# electric start and will run a 15000 btu ac. Mine also has the external 6 gal tank to run at least 8hrs with air. These gen are as quiet as a Honda and cost half as much as just one 2000 watt Honda. You can also get with remote start and is a fully enclose generator. You can also use your computer or any other electronics. Lter RJD
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Thanks. I'm really liking the idea of the dual fuel generators even though they come at a bit more of a premium. I've heard good things about the Champions. Has anyone used the Sportsman generators? I found a dual fuel 3500 watt unit that is only 90 lbs. It's an open frame unit so it will be a bit louder, but it's just under $400 making it not too bad of a deal. Here a link to one on Amazon. It gets good reviews on other websites like Home Depot. https://www.amazon.com/Sportsman-GEN...sman+dual+fuel
Unless you're out in the boonies, with no neighbors, DON'T buy this generator or anything similar.
I own one and it is WAAYYY louder than my Honda 2000i inverter generator.
I would NEVER subject a fellow camper to it or any other open frame contractor style generator.

If you will be camping near others, please get an inverter generator.
You can get a number of affordable ones now. Lots of choices that will be quieter and more efficient.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:43 PM   #10
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This is why I come here first. Lots of great info. Thanks aceinspp and bikendan!
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