Originally Posted by Time2Tow
Thanks for the additional information. I do not use a generator when camping but I appreciate bringing this into the discussion. Getting different viewpoints is why I like these forums. Living in FL and having been through some close calls with hurricanes and losing power for a few days, I do now have a generator but never considered it and my camper as part of an evacuation plan. I actually considered it more of my back-up plan for a place to stay if the house got damaged. Since my generator is still in the box, I think I will check it for it'spower output. It is the peek of hurricane season.
I learned my lesson in 1995. Hurricane Erin, a lowly Cat 1 storm, thumped us. No power for 3 days, trashed all my trees.
Then in 2004, Frances and Jeanne thumped us 3 weeks apart. We evacuated in our MH (had a 36' Class A back then) to GA, then returned afterwards. It ripped shingles off the roof, but the paper was still intact. The roof was temporarily patched, then Jeanne showed up 3 weeks later. We stayed for that one. The patch held, but more shingles ripped off, pouring water into the master bedroom. I patched the damage the next day. No power, so we stayed in the MH for a few days, running the generator, living in comfort.
Coworkers in the nearby area, were without power for 18 days. One had a conventional generator, which consumes about 1.5 gallons per hour. The other had a Honda 2KW, which consumes about 1 gallon every 8 hours. Mine present generator consumes about 1.5 gallons every 8 hours or 4.5 gallons per day (1/4 load). A little math...
18 days x 24 hours x 1.5 gallons = 648 gallons!
18 days, x 4.5 gallons per day (Yamaha) = 81 gallons.
A conventional generator runs at a constant speed to make 60Hz. An inverter type generator makes 60Hz electronically from idle. The motor only runs as fast as the load demands, which can significantly reduce the fuel consumption.
During an outage at home, I will run 2 refrigerators, and a 5000 BTU A/C unit (window shaker) to cool one room. Not enough resources to cool an entire house. But I can make a single room 72 degrees, even in the middle of a FL Summer!
Each fridge running ~140W-150W, defrost cycle ~600W
5000 BTU A/C unit running ~600W
So for the most part, my generator runs my critical loads from idle (1/4 throttle). Whisper quiet at 53 dB, very thrifty on resources. When storms approach, I fill ten 5 gallon gas cans. If those run out, we leave!
I tell you the story of my two coworkers as that was the lesson that convinced me to part ways with conventional generators (I had a Coleman 4200W), and now have the smaller Yamaha EF2400iS. It not only takes care of the camper, but also emergency power at home.
Didn't want to hijack the thread, but thought you might find the info useful.