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Bill T

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Posted: 11/15/11 04:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Mark

Thanks for the comments. If my future TC has an onboard generator or not would not be a deal breaker. I am use to using my Honda 2000i and am very pleased with its operation. The convience of having an onboard generator would be very nice,especially when the wife wants to use her hair drier and its snowing or raining outside.
But I guess I'm over sensitive to noise even tho I can't hear******loud generators are very annoying.

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msiminoff wrote:

When I do need it (read: Not often), the little Honda will run anything in my camper; A/C, microwave, 100A battery charger, etc...


What size / model A/C do you have, if you don't mind me asking?

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Posted: 12/23/11 11:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is nice to have a generator on board and as already noted, they are louder that way. I have a propane generator and have had problems with mine and the first one was replaced, under warranty. There is a thread of mine, on this;Onan Generator

I still have the Onan and with the extended warranty too. I use a Honda eu3000is now and wouldn't want anything else.

Also, the comment about propane being difficult to find and that couldn't be further from the truth. BBQ' tanks can be found, 24/7 at most "Stop n Rob" stores, as well as unmanned stations at Lowes and Home Depot. For filling, that is easy too, just Google the town's name and Propane and up pops various locations. Works slick on an iPhone and some Apps' will note Propane locations as part of their mapping. One just needs to remember, most of the US citizens that live outside of a town, run on Propane to heat, so they have to get it from somewhere!

Have fun and happy camping.

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I use the generator space on my Lance 820 for storing tools, 50 foot extension cord, saw, jumper cables, tow straps, compact (120psi) air compressor, extra lubricants, extra fuel for the genny and other miscellaneous (and hopefully not needed items). My portable Honda genny supplies whatever is needed, from charging my 12Vdc system to operating my 13 Amp microwave. I would not go with a built in LP generator. The portable can be moved away from the camper and you don't hear it. I only use a 25 foot, 3W/12ga, cord from the generator to the camper.

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Posted: 12/23/11 04:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The onan gives some vibrations to the camper. I was thinking of selling my onan and only use my Honda 2000. But One thing about my onboard Onan is that I start it from inside, run it on a parking lot, not worry about someone steeling it, do not have to store it after use it is already there and can run it just for a quick nice Capuccino Cofee in the morning no matter where I am.
Hope it last for a long time without break down but I do not use it a lot now with the Solar and 2 x 6volt batteries.


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You can also run your Onan CampPower 2500 while driving.

My choice would be to get both. I have an EU2000i for a backup, but the Onan gets more use when I'm stopped and need AC.

I can't really much hear the Onan over the roar of the air conditioner anyway.

For just charging the batteries, I'd rather have an EU1000 or it's Yamaha competition.


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Posted: 12/24/11 07:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yamaha is a very quiet machine and does not use much fuel. I used one at my cottage and it did not last more than 5 years, I was using it around 12 week end. I think all gene have their flaws. On the yam, my caburator was replaced once. Then it would not run when cold, in the minus F, had to unplug a line for winter. Then it build up some carbon on the valve so it would not run properly, especially when cold, had to take it apart. Then the clip disconnected from a valve and destroyed the cylinder. 450 just in part to put it back toghether so that was too much money, I bought a Honda. The Honda is good but I had a wire that disconnected inside, repaired on warranty. If you live it with the fuel valve open while traveling or from cold to hot temp, the fuel overflow in your carburator then in your engine oil pan, you can destroy the motor.
My Onan runs well in cold temp, no special attention, just change oil so faI croos my finger, .

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Kidoo wrote:

Yamaha is a very quiet machine and does not use much fuel. I used one at my cottage and it did not last more than 5 years, I was using it around 12 week end. I think all gene have their flaws. On the yam, my caburator was replaced once. Then it would not run when cold, in the minus F, had to unplug a line for winter. Then it build up some carbon on the valve so it would not run properly, especially when cold, had to take it apart. Then the clip disconnected from a valve and destroyed the cylinder. 450 just in part to put it back toghether so that was too much money, I bought a Honda. The Honda is good but I had a wire that disconnected inside, repaired on warranty. If you live it with the fuel valve open while traveling or from cold to hot temp, the fuel overflow in your carburator then in your engine oil pan, you can destroy the motor.
My Onan runs well in cold temp, no special attention, just change oil so faI croos my finger, .




What model Yamaha was it?


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Posted: 12/24/11 10:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1000 EFI, I mainly had problem when it was cold, from say 5 degree F. No problem in the summer. Too bad because it was very quiet and fuel efficient.

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Posted: 12/24/11 12:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kidoo wrote:

Hope it last for a long time without break down but I do not use it a lot now with the Solar and 2 x 6volt batteries.


Non-use is not good for them. I run mine with load for an hour every month.


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