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Old 01-04-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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We have a Rockwood 2015 8289ws and am interested in purchasing a generator(s). We do some camping with limited hookups. Would like some suggestions on the size needed prefered make and model. What do you own? What not to buy!!
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:03 PM   #2
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That is a topic that is often discussed with many different opinions.

The big question is what do you plan to run with it. If you are just recharging batteries and/watching satelite, a portable 2000/2400 would be a good choice.

If you will be camping where you will need to run one or more a/c units a much larger and heavier/ noisier may be needed. Or two of the 2000 units in parrael.

Many people here are using either honda 2000 or Yamaha 2400. A good value that has popped up is a champion 2000. I have two of the Hondas and have yet needed to run them both at the same time- most trips tgat ac is needed we plan around hookups.

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The Honda units are very reliable, although a little pricey. You can find much cheaper (about 1/2 price) brands and some people have had good success with them, but I don't think I have ever heard anything negative about the Hondas. A pair of 2000 watt units or a single 3000 would run one A/C, TV and some lights.
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Have two Hondas 2000 not a problem. You get what you pay for

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I have two EU2000i with a parallel kit.

You don't need AC, run one genset. That's plenty to run the rig including the microwave, TVs and all.

You need AC, then fire up unit number two. Gives you all the power you need with the option to only run what you need.
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We have had our Honda 2000 since 2003. Change oil, add gas (we always put Stabil in as well), and clean the air filter every so often. Knock on wood, not a lick of problems. Jerry.
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Originally Posted by Sirsea View Post
The Honda units are very reliable, although a little pricey. You can find much cheaper (about 1/2 price) brands and some people have had good success with them, but I don't think I have ever heard anything negative about the Hondas. A pair of 2000 watt units or a single 3000 would run one A/C, TV and some lights.
Honda products are reliable, and I believe the similar Yahama units are too. Part of the extra price for these units is in the engineering and construction to make them measurably quieter than older style generators, the ability to modulate engine speed with electrical power demand, and the ability to provide pure sine wave power that is 'friendly' to newer expensive televisions, computers, smartphones, games, etc. Their small size increases theft potential, however.
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Low noise/electric start. Under a load they all are going to be noisy.
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My previous RV’s were slide-in pickup campers. The last one had its own onboard generator. This was great, because I could start it from inside the camper and it had enough power for my A/C, etc., however, it was noisy.

For my 5th wheel trailer, I decided on 2 Yamaha EF2000iS generators, rather than a larger one. These are light enough to move around at ~44 lbs. each, they are quiet, and I only have to run one generator unless I need A/C. Yamaha has the EF3000iSB that can run at 3500 watts (under its “boost” mode) for long enough to start (then run) an A/C, it has an electric start but it weighs ~160 lbs with fuel. Some people say 3500 watts is too little, especially if you are at higher elevations where a generator’s engine loses power.

Most people think the Yamaha and Honda inverter generators are good choices. I was concerned about the other brands of inverter generators so I opted to pay much more for the Yamahas. Whatever generator you buy, make sure it’s an inverter generator with low noise. The cheap standard, i.e., non-inverter, generators are too noisy for your comfort as well as for anyone else camping in the area.
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We had a 2005 Flagstaff 8528GTSS with a single AC. I had a Honda EU3000is that ran the AC and pretty much anything else we wanted. That was the quietest and most reliable pieces of equipment I've ever owned. When we upgraded to the Sandpiper, the 3000 would not support the load. So, I picked up 2 of the EU2000i's. I parallel them and they work great. Only issues I have is 1)they are pull start and the 3000 was electric start and 2)the 2000 gas tank is small and will not run all night. My 3000 would run all night on a tank of gas. But, like others said, you can't go wrong with Honda.

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