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Old 03-10-2015, 03:43 PM   #1
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minimum size generator for pup

While I don't like a noisy generator, I realize that this might be a good investment because I am in hurricane country, and it might be a special plus in a primitive camp. For running the interior lights and the A/C in a Rockwood 1940 pup, what would be the minimum or the recommended watt output generator? Sorry for my electrical ignorance but I figured somebody here may have experience with power and model. Thank you!
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:01 PM   #2
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3000 running watts "not surge" minimum imo .
1500 watts nets you 12 amps
2000 watts nets you 16 amps
3000 watts nets you 25 amps
3500 watts nets you 29 amps
4000 watts nets you 33 amps
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:19 PM   #3
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Some campers have gotten by with a Yamaha 2400. Most use either a 3000 or a pair of 2000 in parallel.


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This may help as well.
max generator watts/amps @ 120v


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Old 03-10-2015, 07:28 PM   #5
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Thank you all! This is a great site!
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:13 PM   #7
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Ok, so can anybody recommend a 4000 watt output generator for my pup? I have absolutely no experience with one, though their noise is many times an irritant when I am camping.
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you don't need a 4000w generator.
a 3000w one will be fine for your pup.
i recommend a Champion 3100w inverter generator. Costco has them for only $699 during March.
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Keep in mind, you do get what you pay for. The Hondas are one of the most expensive, but they will also last longer, are quieter, and produce cleaner, more stable power than most of the cheaper brands. I have dealt with some of the cheaper Chinese based units, (Champion, Tiger, ect) and although they are inexpensive to buy, they can be very hard on electronics because the power they produce is not stable under load.

That being said, I know plenty of people that use them. When buying a cheaper brand, buy the next level higher to avoid problems (IE - if you need 3000, buy a 4000), as the signal problems get worse the closer they are to max load.
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