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Old 03-13-2015, 04:22 PM   #1
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Just got my First trailer...a Roo 19, what genny do I need?

Hello everyone.

I'm super excited. I just took the plunge and upgraded from tent caming to a 2011 Roo 19. I live in Phoenix and wanted to extend our camping season so something with hard walls and an AC is a must.

We pick it up on the 21st and and I've starting picking up odds and ends to stock it with, but the last big purchase would be a generator. Before everyone tells me, I know 2 Honda or Yamaha 2000 with parallel is the way to go. Unfortunately I don't have the money for that solution. So I need something cheaper.

I've started looking and can get a Champion 4000 used for 300, but will need to build a baffle box, but will still be on the annoying side of loud. I"ve also found a Champion 3100 new for 780. Its rated at 58db!. But at 3100 peak and 2800 watt rated.. can that push the AC, TV (25 inch), Lights, and Directv box? I would like to go with the quite option..but I can't buy top of the line.

Thanks for the help in advance. I've been "lurking" around this forum now for over a month to make sure the Roo is the way I wanted to go. This group is one of the major reasons I went Roo.
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Old 03-13-2015, 04:38 PM   #2
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What about fridge and water heater? Don't forget convertor, and CO/propane monitor. Biggest challenge is the AC start after initial start. A hard start capacitor can help but you are going to have to pick and choose what you run.
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Look here.
minimum size generator for pup
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:23 PM   #4
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Chucky, the Champion 3100 will run everything including the a/c, on your Roo.
it's a great choice if you can't afford the H or Y units.

you may have to put the fridge and WH on propane, to run the a/c.
you'll just have to test it out first and see what can run when the a/c is being used.

but i have run my Roo's a/c on my Honda 2000. course that wasn't at elevation.

by the way, Costco has a black edition of the Champion 3100, for $699.99, til the end of March.
item #941930.

GREAT PRICE! along with Costco's great return policy.
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A good question to ask yourself is where will you be camping. If you will staying at full service CG's you won't need a genny. For dry camping, will you be doing it during the heat of the summer or will a/c not be needed. Our dry camping spot is at altitude so we only bring one honda 2000 to recharge off of. We also have a second unit to parrael but have not had the need for it yet.


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Awesome help guys! We will be mostly boondocking ( this is my way of having a house on the lake without paying the 300 - 900k it normally takes)

I've spent all day reading up on this stuff and it definitely looks like I want an inverter generator and at $700 that 3100 seems to be the sweet spot for me. Plus it wont get me in hot water with my neighbors!
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It sounds like it fits your needs but be aware that it weighs over 80 pounds. That's a lot to lug.
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The biggest problem with the smaller generators is their run time. The Champion 3100 runs 8 hours at 25% load. That may be to short for overnight operation if your A/C is running, which will reduce the run time.
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Hello everyone.

I'm super excited. I just took the plunge and upgraded from tent caming to a 2011 Roo 19. I live in Phoenix and wanted to extend our camping season so something with hard walls and an AC is a must.

We pick it up on the 21st and and I've starting picking up odds and ends to stock it with, but the last big purchase would be a generator. Before everyone tells me, I know 2 Honda or Yamaha 2000 with parallel is the way to go. Unfortunately I don't have the money for that solution. So I need something cheaper.

I've started looking and can get a Champion 4000 used for 300, but will need to build a baffle box, but will still be on the annoying side of loud. I"ve also found a Champion 3100 new for 780. Its rated at 58db!. But at 3100 peak and 2800 watt rated.. can that push the AC, TV (25 inch), Lights, and Directv box? I would like to go with the quite option..but I can't buy top of the line.

Thanks for the help in advance. I've been "lurking" around this forum now for over a month to make sure the Roo is the way I wanted to go. This group is one of the major reasons I went Roo.
I have a champion, my only complaint it's noisy. The Honda's are a lot quieter.
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The biggest problem with the smaller generators is their run time. The Champion 3100 runs 8 hours at 25% load. That may be to short for overnight operation if your A/C is running, which will reduce the run time.
That would only be an issue if you're boondocking, since campgrounds don't allow running generators overnite.
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