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Old 09-22-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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Generator Question

Well, as the name indicates, we're first timers to RV'ing. Just purchased a 2010 Rockwood 2406SS and looking forward going to the lake, tailgaiting, etc...

To that end, I'm trying to find out how big of a generator to get for the trailer...Never having owned a generator before, we'd like to have the capability of setting up somewhere for three of four days and being able to power up everything inside. The quieter, the better. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, any generator tips for a newbie would be appreciated as well.


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Old 09-22-2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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For quiet you gotta get Honda or Yamaha. If you're going to run AC, probably looking at a 3000 watt. This will run a 15,000 btu AC unit. May have trouble with the AC and microwave. Will not be able to run electric water heater, but you should be fine on propane. Hope you have neighbors that don't mind listening to your generator. If it's a nice a quiet lake, I wouldn't be a nice neighbor myself.

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Old 09-22-2009, 09:48 AM   #3
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Thanks...I don't want to be a problem
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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I bought a honda 3000eu. I have had it for 7 years and love it but. even though it is very quiet it does not run the ac and microwave at the same time. but will do either individually without a problem. and it weighs 130 some odd pounds which is a bit much now adays to lift in and out of the truck. too be honest if I had to do it over again I would get two 2000. it is almost the same money but they are lighter and easier to store. Plus you get 4000 total output.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:04 PM   #5
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You don't say where you're from or where you hope to camp.
Are you sure you need that noisy roof AC to run all the time??
Many camp grounds have electricity.
Those that don't often have special times you can run the genny.

Yes I have a small one but it won't come close to running my AC.
We can make it 5 or 6 days only on battery power.
No genny needed!
That includes watching a bit of TV and a DVD movie or 2.

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Old 09-23-2009, 11:00 AM   #6
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Well, most of the sites we'll be at will in fact have electricity. There will be times when we travel to football games and would like to roll in on a Friday and out Sunday. Since we live in Texas, it is pretty warm down here from May through September, so an AC is a must. We'd like to be able to park in the lot off campus reserved for RV's ....and they don't have electrical hookups. So that's our delimma.
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I do the occaisional "dry camp" and my wife instisted on being able to use the airconditioner. My solution was to get 2 honda EU2000 generators (one was called the companion..has a 30 amp plug built in). If the weather is such that no airconditioning is required I only use one of the generators. Much easier to lift 43 pounds out of the truck than what the EU3000 weighs. When the generators are hooked together (for the airconditioner), then I have 4000 watts and can run everything off the 30 amp plug).

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