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I have a 30 ft. travel trailer and would like to know what size generator I would need to run the A/C, lights and refrigerator. I believe that the A/C is 12K BTU

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At least a 3000 minimum to handle the load from the A/C and converter.





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A 3 to 4 Kw constant load rating.


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My A/C will run just fine off of a 20amp home outlet which should be about 2,400watts continuous. I can run just about everything in my trailer with my 2,500watt/ 3,250 peak generator. About the only thing I can't do is run the water heater on electric and the A/C at the same time, the generator does it, but it bogs down really bad.

To be honest though I bought the generator for home power outages and if I was to buy something for the trailer itself I'm sure something like a 1,000watt would be plenty. I find that I rarely end up using the A/C as durring the day I'm out doing things and at night simply opening the windows and kicking the fantasic fan on keep me comfortable. So basically all I need a gen for is occationally to run something like a blender, or recharge my batteries.


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I have a 3000W Champion that easily handles my a/c unit and anything else I turn on. Have a friend with a Yamaha 2400 that easily runs his unit as well. Honda 2000's have been known to get a unit running but it's not guarenteed.


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Thank you everyone. Northen Tool has All Power America Portable Generator — 6000 Surge Watts, 5000 Rated Watts,for only 450.00 which I could use at the house.


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rclaunch wrote:

Thank you everyone. Northen Tool has All Power America Portable Generator — 6000 Surge Watts, 5000 Rated Watts,for only 450.00 which I could use at the house.


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Does it come with earmuffs for you and everyone else within a 200' radius? It will be very loud and not very suitable for RVing. Did you notice they neglected to post decibels in the description???

Do yourself a favor. Don't make the costly mistake that I (and many others) made. Pay a little morre and buy ONE generator that youcan live with for camping. It's expensive, but I have three (loud & expensive) mistakes in my cellar (including one from Northern Tool!).

Hereis your link that you tried to post.


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The Yamaha 2400 will MAYBE handle your AC. Mine doesn't. If I had to do it all over again, I'd purchase (2) Honda 2000's. They're easier to move around, and most of the time I would only need one of them. I also store my TT off site, and having an easy to haul Honda 2000 would have been a much better option for working out and about.

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Our ac is rated for 1800 watts running so a 2400 should work fine. When we first bought our MH I was looking for a small generator to run the frig, lights and my cpap and I found a dirt cheap little 1000 watt that I bought. It works pretty good and it is not that noisy. You can talk right beside it without having to raise our voice and from 10 or so it is a low purr. The little one will also run our kettle or microwave although not at the same time. I have been looking at getting a bigger one that would run the ac also but for the few times we need it.... The other nice thing with our 1000 w is that it runs all night on a gal of gas some of the bigger ones are going to need a lot more.





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The link wouldn't work because you used img tags instead of url.
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I guess you've made up your mind, but did you read this?:

"Powerful All Power America 6000 Watt portable generator is ideal for jobsite use or emergency power and features a mobility kit for easy transport."

So, please keep it at the jobsite or at home.

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