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Old 05-01-2017, 09:24 AM   #1
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Generator for MiniLite 1905

Hello everyone. We are new to the forum as we are getting a 2018 Mini Lite 1905. Does anyone know what size generator is required to run everything on the TT? It has a 13500 BTU A/C, microwave, TV, etc. and a 30 amp service. I have a Honda EU2000i generator but I know that's not enough. So I can either get a EU2000 companion to connect in parallel, giving me 4000w or I can get a EU3000i and use it alone. But I'm not sure 3000w is going to provide enough power to run everything. What are you using? Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:47 AM   #2
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The two 2000's in parallel work great. And if you know you don't need AC you can just use the one and save weight, space, and gas.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:47 AM   #3
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If you already have the Honda 2k and it is working properly I would suggest another companion in parallel. Lots of reasons why and threads on the subject.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. My first thoughts were to get the companion, too. But then I was considering the space (where to put 2?) and the additional weight of hauling two instead of one. The 2000 is also much cheaper.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:29 PM   #5
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I have the Honda EU3000 and a EU2000. Why? Because the EU3000 was way to good of a deal to pass up. Buy another 2000 and the parallel cable. The two will take up about the same space as a 3000.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:52 PM   #6
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Get a 2nd Honda 2000i and parallel kit.
Then you'll only need the 2nd one, when you need to run the a/c.
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:00 PM   #7
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There are tons of threads on this subject with hundreds of opinions as to the pros/cons of one larger generator vs two smaller ones.

In your case, you already have everything you are going to need with the EU2000i until you need to use the air conditioner so adding the second 2000 with a parallel kit makes the most sense for you.

If you read the past threads, you'll see the pros of two lighter units vs one heavier, the pros of only having to take one when no A/C is needed and the cons of having two engines to maintain, change oil and add gas to.
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Old 05-01-2017, 02:48 PM   #8
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Agree with all the recommendations for a second Honda EU2000 Companion. They are quiet, lightweight, thrifty with fuel, and as reliable as a hammer. When you get to be as old as I am, you will really appreciate how lightweight they both are compared to a single 3000 or 4000 unit.
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:34 PM   #9
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I have a 12 year old EU3000is and love it. I carry it on the trailer tongue.



It is so heavy (130 lbs.) that I need to use an electric winch to load it up. That's the downside.

Upside is it has enough power to run everything I need in the camper, and has an internal gas tank that holds almost 4 gallons. Your 2000's may not hold enough gas to run all night without attaching external tanks.
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I very much agree with what has been said about getting a second 2K with parallel cable. I have 2 Yamaha 2Ks I use one to charge batteries/TV and 2 for AC, microwave, coffee maker.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:08 PM   #11
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We have a 1905. Get the companion. We are very happy with our setup
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:21 PM   #12
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We have had 2 2000's for about 10 years and they work great. The 2 2000's weaigh a little less than the 3000 and take up lessspace. Another positive is it is easer to lift one of the 2000's than one 3000.
Good luck and happy camping.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:33 PM   #13
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A few years ago, I would have recommended the 3000 Honda. Then I grew old (73 and still counting). Can't lift or carry something that heavy, but I can still manage to carry one or two Honda 2000's - sometimes both at one time for balance!!

Recommend you get the Honda EU2000 Companion and parallel cable. That setup has worked for us for years, even in the Mojave Desert with temps over 100.
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Where are you planning to be when you are going to need to run everything at once? A bus or motel might have been a better choice for you?
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Your 2000i should be just fine by itself.
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Old 05-02-2017, 05:53 AM   #15
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The 2000 i will run everything, but the A.C.. you can not run multiple items at all that take decent wattage. If you want AC. You need botj
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I've been researching Easy Start by Micro air.Micro-Air - Products
There are lots of threads on the Airstream forums about people running their AC on one Honda 2000 using one Honda 2000. I haven't gotten one yet, but I'm going to. The newer ACs apparently start a little easier than the old ones. Mine is a 2009, but I believe it will still work.

The advantages of the 2000a are that it is much quieter, lighter, and fuel efficient.
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:39 AM   #17
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The 1905 has very little storage space. Where do you carry your generators?
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:58 AM   #18
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On the floor on transport or in my SUV when I take it with me and my 1905. I also chain it to the wheel.
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We prefer just using the one 2000i and only when necessary.
If we feel we need the air conditioner we go somewhere where we can plug-in.
The 3000 is too heavy for us and its just too much trouble trying to carry two units, twice the maintenance, twice the gasoline, TWICE THE NOISE.
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If you have a Honda generator, I recommend getting a locking device such as this https://www.electricgeneratorsdirect...00/p12822.html which I have two of them. I bought a Honda 2000i for my Windjammer and just bought the Companion and it came in today. I am adding a hour meter and making changes for it to run out of gas when killing engine to help with ethanol carburetor issues and installing my Companion later this week. I already mounted the locking plate to my bumper for my first Honda 2000 and my second one will go next to it and this locking device is very strong and feel it will be safe and secure from the thieves trying to steal them. Just something to consider since these Honda's are not cheap, but they sure are quiet.
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