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Old 02-14-2017, 03:02 PM   #1
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What generator to get?

We are looking to purchase a generator to use when not able to hook up at a camp site...We will be going to a lake house to visit family in June and need a generator to power our RV A/C and other items while there. We have two A/C's and it sounds like unless I get a very large and loud generator we can only run one A/C at a time which is 15,000 btu's. Would the Champion Power Equipment 46596 3500 Watt RV Ready Portable Generator be enough to run the A/C, microwave, some lights TV? I assume we would be using the fridge, water heater and oven/stove off propane when needed if needed since we can use items in the house but would like to have options for when we may be out remote camping without an option to use a house as well. Also is 68db ok for using to not be too loud and bothersome to others? Thanks everyone!
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Personally if you have a champion gen ,...stay away from my campsite . There are quieter ones .Look at Honda. Plus there is no reason to use a gen when camping if you have 2 good batteries and solar of some kind. Of course if you need AC to sleep ,but campgrounds have a 10 or 11 oclock quiet time.
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We have the champion 3500. You will probably want a bigger generator for AC use. When we are up at elevation of 9,000 it will not give sufficient power to run AC. I have not tried to use it at 5,000 where I live to see the difference. I emailed champion and they did state that elevation reduces power on generators output, confirming what I had found out.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:49 PM   #5
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We have a 3500 Watt generator. I don't use it unless we are ALONE! This will be my next one. An inverter is more quiet, and a better, cleaner output which is better for electronics, such as the fridge, converter, television, etc. They do cost more, but it's what I want next! BTW, 3100 watts / 120 volts = 25.8 amps. Plenty for one AC, converter, and maybe a little more.3100W/3400W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator - Champion Power Equipment
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I have a 3500W Champion that I use at race tracks. It will power my 15,000 BTU A/C, but not the A/C and microwave at the same time. I also have a Honda eu2000i. It won't power the microwave, but it will power the refrigerator, recharge the battery and power a hot plate.
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I splurged on this.

Honda EU2000 & EU2000 Inverter Companion Kit with Parallel Cables



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Old 02-15-2017, 04:42 AM   #8
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I have what Lloyd shows there. It powers our whole Z231 camper, only one is needed if not using air.
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Champion makes really good stuff.

There are two factors you need to consider when sizing a genny for your camper. Running amps/watts is one and that is easy- just add up the loads (a/c, fridge, lights, etc)

The other factor is startup. Motor loads like your a/c need lots more power to start than they do to run. In some cases they might draw nearly 2x as much during startup, but only for a couple seconds. The Champion you are looking at has a dual rating such as 3500/5000. That second number is the starting load that it can handle. This gives it the ability to handle the draw of the a/c. Unfortunately the quiet inverter genny technologies have no ability to handle startup loads over the normal rating. This is a limitation of the technology. You need to purchase a unit rated for the total startup current.

I have two Champion inverters and they struggle to start my 13,500 but a/c when hooked in parallel.
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I'm thinking about buying another Honda and parallel cable because the Champion is too heavy for me to lift up to my pickup bed by myself. Now that I am retiring in a week, I hope to do some more camping by myself, and I can handle the Hondas.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:18 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for the input and suggestions! Sounds like we need to do some saving up for the inverter generators by Honda as I hear great things about them. We may have to start with the champion at first to get us to our June trip which will be HOT in Texas and must have A/C!
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I purchased this same setup many years ago. When hooked together with the Parallel cables and if I'm just wanting to charge the batteries or run lights you can start either generator and it will do the job. You don't have to start the one the campers plugged into. I use this method when dry camping to take turn running each one. Of course if running the air conditioner you have to run both at the same time. I also did make me a N-G Bond plug with advice from this forum, so I can use the surge protector when running the generator.
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The champion 4k/3500 running is fine for my 30 amp rv. Can't run microwave at same time, but not big deal for us. For $300, can't beat it. Not as quiet as honda, but not bad, Sure, i'd love to have 2 2k hondas, but $1k each ? No thanx
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I'm thinking about buying another Honda and parallel cable because the Champion is too heavy for me to lift up to my pickup bed by myself. Now that I am retiring in a week, I hope to do some more camping by myself, and I can handle the Hondas.

You will be happy with the pair of Honda's. They sit there and purr, don't hardly hear the pair running in the camper.
Sure, they cost more then some other brands, but you will have them for a life time if properly maintained.
After a person spends HOW many thousands of dollars on a camper, then the thousands of dollars for a tow vehicle, a couple thousand for two nice quiet Honda's starts to seem pretty minimal.
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