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Old 04-27-2016, 11:45 PM   #11
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Boliy Generator. Affordable and reliable and has more capacity than a Champion GEnerator. The champion is rated for 2800 watts continuous and the Boliy is rated for 3000 watts continous.

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Old 04-30-2016, 10:42 AM   #12
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WOW! Thanks for all the responses. Just want to clarify--the Champions / boil people are recommending--are they inverter generators? Im just researching an learning the differences. Do you all say NO to the traditional types? The price difference is astronomical.....are the inverters really worth it?

Here is a little more info about what we need: We mostly camp 1-2 nights at a -time, at motocross tracks. Probably wont need to run the AC during the day but would like to have the option at night. Also want to be able to make coffee (keurig) and run a TV when the kids need to wind down.

This is our first travel trailer, any and all advice is welcome.

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Old 04-30-2016, 11:37 AM   #13
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Yes, all the generators we have discussed are inverter types. And yes they are worth it for several reasons. The 2 main reasons for me are:

#1: Inverter type generators provide clean power. That is, the power won't surge when running out of fuel, starting up, or having mechanical difficulties. The power surge can harm the electronics in your RV.

#2: Contractor type generators are VERY noisy. Not only will it drive you nuts, you will be very unpopular with any neighbors you might have

Here's one article that talks about advantages/disadvantages:

As I stated earlier, my one EU2000i Honda will run both the coffee pot and the TV at the same time. It will also run the microwave and the TV at the same time. It will not run the microwave and the coffee pot at the same time though For that you would need 2 running in parallel or a larger generator like the EU3000i.

Some folks buy a smaller, cheaper EU1000i which allows them to charge their batteries and watch tv. You might be able to run the coffee pot or micro depending on what their power consumption is.

All kinds of articles out there to educate yourself with. But 'YES' to inverter types and the rest boils down to your power needs and your budget.

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Old 04-30-2016, 01:36 PM   #14
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Champion makes inverter generators and NON-inverter contractor-style generators.
Do some research on decibel ratings.

Basically it comes down to:

Cheap but noisy or quiet but more expensive.
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:10 PM   #15
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Here is my story: about two weeks ago went camping at our mountain campground. The weather took a big turn and was 10 degrees cooler at 26. Killed both my group 24 batteries by running furnace @ 50. Talking with the camp host she said that EVERYONE killed their batteries last night, which explained the hum of generators. She said that since mine was quiet (honda2000) that I could run mine all night and they wouldn't bug us about it. In fact, all that had an inverter style were allowed to run them over night and the contractor style had to turn them off.

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Old 05-08-2016, 06:36 PM   #16
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I know the general consensus is for inverter type generators, but I run a Honda EM5000SX for my 26RR.
Is it heavy and bulky? Yep.
Is it louder than an inverter generator? Absolutely.
Does a gallon of fuel go as long? Nope.

But, I have run it for a year and I can tell you that with the same 13HP motor as the larger Honda gens, I don't worry about voltage fluctuations, because it will pop a breaker before it bogs the motor. I run a coffee pot, 15K AC, and an electric water heater with no issues (in 100* heat). It is louder than inverter gens, but not as loud as the Champion 3500 it replaced. Plus, no one can just pick it up and walk away with it. Fuel consumption isn't that bad either, we will go through about 25 gallons max on a long weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) running 24 hrs a day. It has electric start and the option for remote start as well.

If I was boondcking and just charging the batteries or brewing coffee for a few hours a day, then I would absolutely get a 2K inverter. But I live in Oklahoma where it gets hot and humid during our MX season, so the contractor version is the best suit for what we do and where we live.
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Old 09-02-2016, 08:37 AM   #17
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All good info. I also have a Wolf Pup and am thinking about a generator. Glad I read this thread first. I wasn't sure about which types to look at but now I have a starting place. We actually got stuck at a campground without electric this summer and it was about 95 outside. Probably over a hundred inside. We lasted a part of the day and then managed to move to an area that had electric. Figured I should get better prepared for boondocking

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