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Old 09-04-2020, 10:08 AM   #1
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How Much Generator

I dry camp on occasion but usually only take a 1,000w generator with me for when the sun isn't charging my 40w solar panel. I see many other campers with one and then some with two generators. They're mostly much larger campers than mine which is a 1943RB Spirit. I do have a 13,500 w A/C, a mic and a TV. How big a generator would i need to power a camper like mine?
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At least a 3000 to 3500 to power A/C and inverter, some use twin 2000's because they are lighter and only have to run both for the A/C
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:18 AM   #3
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Minimum 2000 watt generator. You will probably get many recommendations, but if you want reliability with no problems and a quiet generator, get a Honda 2200i. A little pricey at around $1K,but well worth it if you can afford it. If you can't, there is cheaper ones out there that get good reviews. Just make sure you get an inverter type, not the open-frame LOUD contractor type.
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At least a 3000 to 3500 to power A/C and inverter, some use twin 2000's because they are lighter and only have to run both for the A/C
Yeah. This.

I use twin 2Ks. Easier to carry. More flexibility of use.
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Or you can look into the MicroAir Easy Start upgrade. Many are able to run a 13.5k a/c with a 2000w inverter generator.
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I have found that I can't run my 900 watt microwave with one generator unless I turn off the main breaker on the convertor. I have a 2000 watt generator, but that's the surge capacity, not the running capacity. 2000 watt generators only produce 1600 or 1700 watts continuously, with mine rated at 1600 watts. If you don't need to run A/C, I'd go with a 2200 or 2500 watt generator at the very least. There are some that weigh the same as a 2000 watt unit. The 3000-35000 watt units are significantly heavier, usually around 100 lbs, give or take a few lbs.
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