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Old 04-10-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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Best & quietest generator?

Thanks for being here.

We are new owners of 2007 27ft Rockwood 2603 and so far we love the RV experience. Age does help one to appreciate creature comforts. And on that note, we'd love to do more remote camping and would appreciate your input on the quietest, most efficient portable generator. We have 30amp connection. Also have inverter onboard. Would you still recommend "inverter generator" over "regular"?

Thank you very much for your help. We are beginning a life journey and glad we are not alone.

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Old 04-11-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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Honda or Yamaha 3000w inverter generators, period.

are you sure your trailer has an inverter? they don't come standard on your trailer. are you sure you don't mean "converter"?
many newbies get the two mixed up. all RV's come with "converters", but very few come with "inverters".

anyway, an onboard inverter has nothing to do with an inverter generator.
a regular generator will easily be 10x louder than an inverter generator.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:32 AM   #3
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X2 what bikendan said. Honda and Yamaha are dependable and efficient.

If the 3000 watt genny is too heavy for your liking and you won’t need to run your air conditioner then you might consider a lighter 2000 watt inverter generator by Honda or Yamaha.
Another, but more expensive option would be to parallel two 2000 watt generators giving you plenty of power.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:40 AM   #4
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We use a Dometic 3000 and it works great. If you shop around you can find one new for about $750.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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Dual yamaha ef2000si ... Check out the link where I got mine!

Yamaha Generators | Yamaha Inverters | Best Online Deals

Or honda ... But who likes red anyway?
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Here's hours of reading with a simple frf search.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:53 AM   #7
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Hi RockSee- Welcome to FRF!!

Just an FYI to further clarify-
An INverter takes DC (either battery power or generator power) and
Inverts it into 120 V AC household type power.

A CONverter takes household power like you get from the power pole
at a campground and Converts it to 12v DC to charge your batteries and
power many of the devices in your trailer.

You will get many opinions here as to what generator but we can give
more specific advice if you tell us what you hope to accomplish with
a genny.
Do you want to run your roof air conditioner?

If you are comfortable with most everything working in your trailer
EXCEPT the roof AC then you can get a smaller, lighter, cheaper, quieter
genny.

What weight can you safely lift out of your truck and put back?
If you can't lift it- it won't do you much good!
Cost and power output make the 3 major concerns when shopping for
a genny.
Make that 4-- noise rating is very important too.

Again, welcome to the group and to the RVing community at large!
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I bought two of the Champion 2000 watt inverter generators. They work great. Almost half of what the Honda's or Yamaha's cost. I did a lot of reading on them before I bought them. Here are a couple of links.

Video of them in action:

Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator - Love Your RV review article | Love Your RV!

Lots of positive posts:

Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: The Official unofficial CPE 2000i Generator Thread
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A bit more on inverters and generators--

Most lower priced non-inverter generators produce 60 cycle AC current directly
by turning at a very specific speed. This means the engine on a
non-inverter genny must run at full speed all the time- even if there is nothing connected to it. This makes more noise and burns more fuel.

Some higher priced inverter generators produce DC current which is
electronically inverted to 60 cycle AC power.
This means the engine does not have to run at a specific speed.
For this reason when the generator is under light load the engine can run
at a lower speed. This is often quieter and more fuel efficient.

NOTE: Honda calls this eco mode or something. I'm not sure that all
inverter gennys have the low speed under light load option so you might
want to check before you purchase one.
Also these more expensive inverter gennys typically have better mufflers.
They are pretty quiet but I disagree with folks who say they can't hear
them run!! I CAN HEAR A HONDA from across the road no problem!
They ARE quieter than most others tho.....

Finally, some campgrounds don't allow generators during certain hours.
Even the quiet ones are not allowed in some areas.

Hope this helps a bit!
and happy camping!
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though i have no problems with Chinese-made inverter generators, like the Dometic or the Champion, the OP asked for the "Best and Quietest".
neither of these two brand of inverter generators have been around much more than 2 years and can hardly be considered "Best" or "Quietest".

are they decent inverter generators, especially for the price, YES. but they haven't been around long enough to really see if they last long. Champion has shown a great customer support system but the Dometic hasn't had these out that long or sold that many to see how good their support system is.

but when someone asks for the "Best" generators, the vast majority would answer Honda or Yamaha.
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