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Old 03-14-2024, 07:26 PM   #1
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gas generator or battery pack?

Going across Canada in our 21.5 Apex in May/June. Probably spending most of our camping nights in powered lots but also thinking about doing possible 2-3 days in a row max without services to save some costs.....thinking about purchasing a small Honda Generator 2 Kw max (or similar brand) or one of these new battery packs (1 - 2 Kw) max.....any thoughts....looking for advice.
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Old 03-14-2024, 07:28 PM   #2
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Definitely the generator.
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Old 03-14-2024, 07:40 PM   #3
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Old 03-14-2024, 07:54 PM   #4
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Generator...

depending on your power usage
look at a 2500w as some may run the air conditioner (softstart maybe required)

Love Hondas .... I got 1 2000i
but other brands are just as quiet and powerful at a fraction of the price.
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Old 03-14-2024, 07:55 PM   #5
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The battery thing gives you 2000 watts until dead. Then it needs to be charged.
The generator gives you 2000 watts as long as you put gas in it.
Go with the generator.
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Old 03-14-2024, 08:10 PM   #6
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If you go with the battery pack will need to figure out how to charge it and if your dry camping that leaves solar or ... generator. I'd skip the middle man and go with a geny.
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Old 03-14-2024, 08:32 PM   #7
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Definitely generator. Do not be fooled by the deceptive marketing of the batteries sold as solar or battery generators. There is a day and night ( no pun intended) difference between a 2KW generator and a so-called 2KW battery pack. The 2KW generator will provide 2000 watts per hour as long as it is running so potentially 48KWH in a day. A 2KW battery pack will provide 2000 watts for one hour and it is dead as they are actually only 2000 watts total.
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I totally agree with those who commented above.

Another consideration is that a COMPLETE solar generator (including solar panels) can run anywhere from one to five thousand dollars.

A great Champion 2500W Inverter generator runs ~$600. Need more power and get two with a paralleling kit. 5,000 wats to run any A/C unit, even two units on an RV.

Setting up a small inverter generator like the Champion (39 lbs) is as simple as setting it on the ground, make sure gas is in it-, then turn on control switch and pulling start cord.

With solar charging of a Battery Pack/Solar Generator you need to find a place where panels will get sunlight then orient them at proper angles.

With a real generator it doesn't care where the sun is.
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Old 03-14-2024, 09:05 PM   #9
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If you like things simple and easy and worry free and cheap, get the generator.

I don’t like things easy, so I got a battery with a solar installation. Much, much time was devoted to it, but I’d have it no other way.
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Another vote for inverter generator.
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I have $6k of solar battery stuff installed on my 5er and it still can’t put out as much energy as my $600 champion inverter generator.
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Old 03-15-2024, 03:34 PM   #13
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We have a Honda 2800Watt inverter generator that we rarely use for our 5'er. Works well for us when we visit Harvest Host sites. I would recommend Honda, but there are other brands to choose from that are inverter style at a cheaper price. We bought the generator because we have a residential style frig in our rig.
I purchased the Honda right at the time they first came out: cost us $948 through Camping World: much more expensive now.
Also consider how often you would use the generator: if you rarely boondock, then the less expensive generator would fit better.
Footnote: living here in Florida, we experience a hurricane now and then. Since we remodeled our home and bought a new refrigerator, we use the Honda to run the frig when we're out of power: the inverter generator is much better for the electronics in the new frig than a standard contractor style generator; the power from the inverter style is cleaner where the contractor type varies too much.
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Old 03-15-2024, 06:02 PM   #14
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Oh wait!! I have to get my 2 cents in too. GENERATOR!
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Oh wait!! I have to get my 2 cents in too. GENERATOR!
Uh, that's 3 cents with inflation.
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Old 03-15-2024, 06:49 PM   #16
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Thanks for the input

As most of you pointed out....simple and easy....and endless power if you have gas .....is the generator....probably go out before we leave and buy the Honda....probably 2000 watt stackable one in case we want to add another ...if we ever run our air...we tend to camp in shoulder seasons and avoid crowds in summer...but would be nice to have that flexibility if we do get more into camping in summer....thanks for all your input.
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I have have a 500aH bank of lithium batteries, inverter, solar and vehicle charging and a generator. The batteries work well on the road. and for 1 or 2 days of boondocking. When I stop for breaks, or a night at Walmart, the batteries will keep me going with no problem. They also act as an emergency back up if power goes out while hooked up. Any charge I use while stopped is quickly replenished with the combination of solar and vehicle charging while driving. I also carry a generator just in case the batteries aren't enough.
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Old 03-28-2024, 06:19 PM   #19
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Going across Canada in our 21.5 Apex in May/June. Probably spending most of our camping nights in powered lots but also thinking about doing possible 2-3 days in a row max without services to save some costs.....thinking about purchasing a small Honda Generator 2 Kw max (or similar brand) or one of these new battery packs (1 - 2 Kw) max.....any thoughts....looking for advice.
Everyone boondocking should have a gas generator, in my opinion. I have a great solar system, but still have to use the generator once every 7-14 days during to rain and clouds in Wyoming through out the summer.
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Old 03-28-2024, 10:59 PM   #20
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No Generator

I camped through several Canada National Parks last summer (Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, Jasper, all the way across to Vancouver Island). I was told none allowed generators, and I never saw or heard any.
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