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Old 07-08-2014, 11:44 PM   #1
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Thinking of adding a generator for emergency power. We don't boondock so it's only for loss of shore power. Anybody have a recommendation?
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:21 AM   #2
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My thoughts. Consider adding solar as an option. Won't give you indefinite power, especially at night but you could easily setup a system to run most of your coach and possibly 1 AC unit for a short period. Would need some additional batteries and a good inverter as well. Not sure what the generator costs but a decent option.

Option #2: buy a portable generator that you can use not only with your RV but in any situation. A good 3k watt generator could easily power most of the RV and one AC unit.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:33 AM   #3
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The wife and I keep a Honda 3K with us at all times and it has come in handy on more then a few occasions. Haven't tried running one of the ACs on it but it has made a boondock stop or two downright comfortable
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:45 AM   #4
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I've had portable generators but the convenience of my Onan 5500 trumps the hassle factor that I believe is associated with the portable. I have never relied upon solar but I don't believe it would be appropriate for the type of boondocking we experience.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:29 AM   #5
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We have a single solar panel and 1500W invertor. It will easily supply sufficient power for a couple of days in sunny climate.

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Old 07-09-2014, 03:43 AM   #6
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We use our generator more than I ever thought we would. On EVERY trip, we use the generator when we stop at rest areas for lunch or if we decide to sleep a few hours. We now have around 80 hours on the meter.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:02 PM   #7
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I would think the main use we would get out of one is to fire it up about 30 minutes before stopping to pre-cool the interior...

most times when we set up and it's really hot, I will plug in first and turn the air on while I sit in the idling cool truck
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:12 PM   #8
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Any of the little portable inverter type generators - Honda ecu 2000, 3000, etc, but keep it locked up.

Like Dave says, we've had the Onan 5500 LP for 11 years, and its nice to have for many reasons.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:52 PM   #9
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I opted for 2 -Honda 2000's. To run the a/c, I'll need both connected with the parallel kit (or a single Honda 3000) would do. You said that you're looking for emergency power mainly. If you don't need the a/c, one will do nicely. It is probably the most affordable option, about $1,000. The Honda 3000 will set you back about double.

I do boon dock a bit and normally just us one of my Honda 2000's. Yamaha also makes a quiet generator, priced about the same.

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Old 06-17-2015, 02:54 PM   #10
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Hi all, I see this is an old post but am considering purchasing the Honda 7000is along with with a winch due to the fact that I don't see much use out of it and would like to have the option to run the air. Other reason is i don't want to have to carry around extra weight because i believe I'm at the weight limit. Any thoughts. Thanks
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