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Old 01-28-2014, 04:11 AM   #1
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Camping at the races.

My best memories of camping with my family was always weekends at racetracks around the country. Until the very last coach my parents had we never had a generator but as a kid it's not the type of this gang you really miss.

I'm trying to decide if I should bother investing in one for the two or three weekends a year we will be camping without full hookups. Our first two weekends are late June at Watkins Glen and then early July at Mosport. Neither should be hot enough to require AC.

It's a noob question indeed as I'm not sure why I need it I guess.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:12 AM   #2
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It's not necessarily the AC but other conveniences. Look around at what runs on 120V and see if you don't need it for a weekend. Also look at the battery(ies) available to power everything for a weekend. A 1000w generator will keep the batteries up and power the TV (boob tube) when needed. Not very big and no need to run all the time, just every so often. A 2000w gives you a microwave and still very portable and can also only be run when needed. Can also provide emergency lighting around the house.

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:12 PM   #3
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I have stayed at the Watkins Glenn KOA a couple of times, and it is an EXCELLENT campground, and not far from the track. I think you will find there are plenty of campers there that are attending the races.
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:40 PM   #4
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We are staying inside the track both times, I never thought about staying offsite with services. Hmmm
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:16 PM   #5
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Did I mention Watkins Glenn KOA was EXELLENT. While you are there visit the Corning Glass Museum.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:42 AM   #6
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My best memories of camping with my family was always weekends at racetracks around the country. Until the very last coach my parents had we never had a generator but as a kid it's not the type of this gang you really miss.

I'm trying to decide if I should bother investing in one for the two or three weekends a year we will be camping without full hookups. Our first two weekends are late June at Watkins Glen and then early July at Mosport. Neither should be hot enough to require AC.

It's a noob question indeed as I'm not sure why I need it I guess.
It's like most things... You don't know what you don't know until you have it.
That's why I don't have a smart phone.

We have a built in generator and now, couldn't be without one.
We go to the Nascar race at Calif Speedway every year and most everyone without built in's, have a Honda 1000w quiet unit. Of course, here in Cal, it's chained, cabled, and bolted on to protect it from running away.

If your batteries are good, you might think about an 800w invertor or so. It makes it easy to charge cell phone batteries, brew coffee early without noise, and anything else that needs low amperage 110v's.

If you want to use the microwave, tv, etc, a small portable is the way to go. AC changes the need to 4000w or so.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:11 AM   #7
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After camping at Talladega 3 times and Kansas once, I say get a generator. Even if you will not run the A/C it will be good to have and of course without it you won't have any 120 outlets for the weekend. Furthermore (for your DC lights, water pump, etc...) you will need a generator to recharge your batteries from time to time. Honda has it figured out. You can always buy a Honda EU2000i to run everything you need (minus the A/C) and then down the road if you decide you need enough power to run the A/C buy another EU2000i and pair them together for 4000W. Keep in mind that you can only pair the same sized generators together. So.. don't do like me and get a EU3000 and then down the road decide you need 4000W. Since I couldn't pair a EU3000 and 1000 generator together, I ended selling the EU3000 and I am buy 2 EU2000i generators. Costly mistake on my part. That being said Honda's hold their value though.
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I towed my previous TT to Williams Grove Speedway near Harrisburg, PA and to Virginia International Raceway near Danville, VA. I take a Honda EU1000i and a 4000W generator for the A/C. I couldn't be without either, especially for the 4 day long events at VIR. I also have an EU2000i. I love how quiet and economical the Hondas are.

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Old 01-29-2014, 03:49 PM   #9
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I second getting a Honda generator. I have a EU3000is and it will run anything in my 5ver including the 13500 air without a problem. There are great on fuel and run quite. We go to dirt tracks for the latemodels a lot so we use ours 2 or 3 weekends a month without a problem. Only downfall is they weigh around 150lbs so if that would be an issue the 2000 might be the way to go. I think I paid around $1800 dollars online with no tax and free shipping a couple years ago.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:03 PM   #10
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Yep, can't go wrong with a Honda. Wisesales.com, has also deals and the ship free too. My Honda EU3000is was great from my 13,500BTU A/C, but my new TT has a 15,000 BTU. I have decided to go with 2 EU2000i generators. If you think you might ever get a TT with a 15,000 BTU you're going to need at least 4000 watts to push it.
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