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Old 08-28-2016, 11:19 PM   #11
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I think you will find that the "electrical product that will save you on your start ups" is nothing more than a $35 capacitor that you can install on your AC yourself. Sure sounds different coming from a salesman
Just out of curiosity, what does the Boliy 3600 weigh? I ended up installing a crane in the bed of the truck just to lift my 95 lb gen. Not 18 anymore and not going to screw up my back if I can help it.
BTW, the 3500/4000 runs the 15,000 btu AC and has leftover for other small draws like the TVs and Bluray system. I have never had any problem with my gens interfering with my TVs, computers, microwave or any other electrical appliances. I've heard the same argument about modified sine wave versus pure sinewave inverters, but have yet to see this occur after years of use.

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Old 08-29-2016, 12:37 AM   #12
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A generator for home outage usage may not be appropriate for campgrounds.

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Old 08-29-2016, 01:09 AM   #13
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An RV generator will not provide enough power to run your home as normal. With that said, we had a power outage last week and my RV generator was sufficient to run my two refrigerators and makeshift interior lighting. It was enough for the bare essentials till power came back on.
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:58 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
A generator for home outage usage may not be appropriate for campgrounds.
And I agree 100% with bikedan on this. Most large (3500 and up) are way too noisy for campground, hence the "No generators after 10pm" at most. For quiet, you pay. Therefore the $$$ for a Honda 2000
Even at home, my generator is noisy. I have modified it so I can put a muffler on it and routed the exhaust upwards,away from the house.
Personally, unless someone really feels the need to take a generator along for dry/boondocking, I wouldn't worry about it.

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Old 08-29-2016, 08:38 AM   #15
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The invert-er generator avoids the cyclic power delivery that is common with generators. The constant power is safer for sensitive electronics, computers and flat screens ect... Damage does not immediately show up, so I've been told.
The Boliy only weighs 77 lbs. about half of a Honda 3000. And the noise at full load is the same, 58 db.
My home use will not be for the entire house. Just one small window AC, a refer and small television.
Along with the 5000K generator recommendation from the dealer, he also recommended that the generator have a 30 amp plug and was a unit with an invert-er, for the above mentioned issue. The Boliy unit has all of the above and an auxiliary fuel tank kit.
Honda ,Yamaha are good for some, but for my use and configuration this Boliy unit seems to be the winner.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:39 AM   #16
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We have have a Yamaha 3000 inverter. In an emergency situation this is enough to save your house. I have run our fridge, freezer and sump pump twice this summer due to power outages. One time for 18 hrs. I have also run a small construction heater and our furnace fan. Nope, you wouldn't have all the luxuries but your home will not be damaged from the results of having no power for an extended time.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:53 AM   #17
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Thanks to everyone who weighed in on this. This has been a real learning experience.

It sounds like I'd have to spend $3-4k for a generator with ALL the features I need PLUS some you all have recommended.

Because this is our first foray into RVing, and we have no idea of whether we will enjoy and continue to do it for years, spending that much on a generator probably wouldn't be prudent at this time.

The lower-cost generators are all a compromise. Either they are too loud, have limited power output (I need 240v to make it practical as a home emergency power source), aren't inverter equipped, or weigh a ton. I've found only 1 priced below $1000 that meets MOST (but not all) of our criteria. It is the Champion Power 100161
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This unit is heavy and loud, but produces tons of power. I'm told Champions have a pretty good reputation, too.

Thanks again to everybody who shared their knowledge!
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:17 PM   #18
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Looks Like a Single Generator May Not Satisfy My Needs

You guys have really helped.

I know more about generators than I ever imagined. I now understand the difference between inverters and conventional generators.

Sounds like a smaller (3000-3500 watts) inverter generator for the trailer is the ticket. Backup/Emergency power for our home -- since it is rarely used -- could be a larger (4500-7500 watts) conventional generator. The attendant noise and "dirty" power could be tolerated because of its infrequent use. A transfer switch and surge protector would be useful at home.

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Old 08-30-2016, 09:25 AM   #19
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If you always have hookups, you don't need one.

Having hookups is no guarantee. After being caught with power outages at campgrounds 3 times due to storms and equipment failure, I carry 4000 watts of power along with me. If I know I'll need to run both 15,000BTU AC's I bring along the Honda 6500 watt. The 6500 is my home back up unit also.

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Is your trailer gen-ready?

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