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Old 11-26-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Thinking of buying a small generator to recharge the batteries as we will be doing a ton of dry camping the question is will a generator that has 1200 watts be enough to charge batteries or not and would it be enough to run the campers other things? Just a newbie trying to figure it all out.

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Old 11-26-2014, 07:40 AM   #2
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What else do you want to run?
A/c ?
Furnace?
Electric heaters?

1200 is that running watts or surge?
That gennie is capable of about 10 amps which isn't much.
It'll charge your batteries fine but not much else.
I'll post a amp usage chart.

4000 running watts "33 amps" is minimal if you want full power in your camper.

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Old 11-26-2014, 07:53 AM   #4
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Thinking of buying a small generator to recharge the batteries as we will be doing a ton of dry camping the question is will a generator that has 1200 watts be enough to charge batteries or not and would it be enough to run the campers other things? Just a newbie trying to figure it all out.

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It would be helpful to know more about your rig, battery situation and planned usage. Ie. Do you plan to run an inverter? If so, which one. etc.

If you are just wanting to charge your batteries and use your 12v systems, then yes. A 1200watt genny will do the job, but 2000watt would be better. Less run time and you will get a deeper charge.

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Also important to know where you plan to camp. Most state and Fed campgrounds /lands require a Forest Service approved spark arrestor equipped generator. You don't want to show up for a week of dry camping only to find out your generator can not be used.
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Also important to know where you plan to camp. Most state and Fed campgrounds /lands require a Forest Service approved spark arrestor equipped generator. You don't want to show up for a week of dry camping only to find out your generator can not be used.
Better yet... go full on solar and increase your battery bank. A few weeks without a genset... No problem.

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Old 11-26-2014, 10:28 AM   #7
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2000 to 2400 watts will run about everything except your air conditioner. It will run your microwave, a hair dryer, charge your batteries etc.

Do yourself and everyone around you a favor by getting a nice quiet generator; like a Honda or Yamaha.

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Thinking of buying a small generator to recharge the batteries as we will be doing a ton of dry camping the question is will a generator that has 1200 watts be enough to charge batteries or not and would it be enough to run the campers other things? Just a newbie trying to figure it all out.

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I'm a UT Skier and we dry camp a lot. If running the AC isn't a necessity, then the smaller 2000 to 3000 inverter type units will do the job for you. Expect to spend $500 to $700 for non name brands. We went with the Dometic and have been quite happy with it. Stay away from the "construction" type units that are much noisier. These things drive everyone in the CG nuts. You can get a good inverter (they look like a suitcase) unit at Costco or Sam's. These are 1/2 the cost of the name brands and from our experience will do a good job of charging batteries and running the usual camper accessories.
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If you intent is to only charge the batteries, you can get a decent solar system for what you will spend on a generator. It will be quieter and you won't have to buy gas to run it
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Usage would be to recharge battery possible small period where we could use the outlets no AC no microwave.
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