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Posted: 12/28/11 04:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TMBLSN wrote:

Garry,

It really doesn't matter how much it overhangs, as long as your CG is forward, if only by 1/4", of the rear axle.

You seem to have some weights. What are the weights of each axle?

I havn't had a chance to get axle weights yet, but I am pretty sure that my COG is at least at the rear axle, and probably forward a bit. If the weather and my time off allows, I hope to load it up soon, and take the kids to the mountain sledding for the day. But I will need to chain up the truck, and have the camper for both weight, and a warm place to come to, to warm the fingers, faces and toes. I know that originally the TC was built for an 8ft box truck, and original weight was around 1750 lbs dry. I have only built it to bare bones basic functional for the moment, so I think I am estimating heavy right now. Once I can go out to the city dump when they are open, I can get some real world weights of the camper. Thanks again! Take a look at the build up, and let me know what you think.
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77charger wrote:

Honda 3000 eu for my camper.Has plenty to run a 13.5 a/c and micro at the same time.Doesnt work too hard and is quiet.

Carry it on a front mount hitch on my 2500hd.So its out of way


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Yamaha 3000iSE/B that has run for hundreds of hours. Very good on fuel. Weighs quite a bit. Very quite. (Picture is from previous Lance 1030).

I have a built-in Onan 2500 LP, but carry the Yamaha if I need long run times.



So here are two examples of "bigger is better" vice the 2000 and sometimes 1000 croud. I am curious, do you feel that the additional weight and hassle to move around the larger gennies are worth it over a smaller easier to move about generator? I have considered the larger ones, as they seem to be more readily available used. Then mount it to the front of the truck, except when I load onto the ferry, then I will have to move it into the camper to keep the ferry toll cost down. I am usually a fan of bigger-is-better, but when I would be moving it off the front, into the camper, and then back again on each ferry trip, I am wondering if I would be better off with one that would fit on a hitch haul under the rear overhang of the TC..... Thoughts????
Thanks again,
Garry

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You should find both to see first hand, and pick up each. My Honda 2k is easy to carry and will run my AC at lower altitudes. 4,000' and up it struggles.

I have to agree that after it sits a long time it takes a few pulls to start, but after that it is fine. I treat the fuel but would be better off draining it when I know it will sit a long time.


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Someday when I'm rich I'll have a Honda or Yamaha but I'm poor so I have an $89 Harbor Freight 800 watt generator. My solar panel keeps up with electricity demands most of the time but occasionally the battery needs a boost in cloudy weather. The little HF generator is pretty quiet, easy to start, and runs the battery charger like it's not even there.

I tried a 1000W Honda inverter generator to run my big battery charger at home (off grid PV powered) but it kept kicking the circuit breaker. The 800 watt HF runs it just fine.

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I have a Honda eu3000. I love it.
Pros: super quite, gas friendly, electric start, runs ac and microwave.
Cons: HEAVY, initial cost, size.
I've owned 4 gens. This Honda is wonderful.


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garryk6 wrote:

77charger wrote:

Honda 3000 eu for my camper.Has plenty to run a 13.5 a/c and micro at the same time.Doesnt work too hard and is quiet.

Carry it on a front mount hitch on my 2500hd.So its out of way


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So here are two examples of "bigger is better" vice the 2000 and sometimes 1000 croud. I am curious, do you feel that the additional weight and hassle to move around the larger gennies are worth it over a smaller easier to move about generator? I have considered the larger ones, as they seem to be more readily available used. Then mount it to the front of the truck, except when I load onto the ferry, then I will have to move it into the camper to keep the ferry toll cost down. I am usually a fan of bigger-is-better, but when I would be moving it off the front, into the camper, and then back again on each ferry trip, I am wondering if I would be better off with one that would fit on a hitch haul under the rear overhang of the TC..... Thoughts????
Thanks again,
Garry

I thought about putting under the rear on acarrier but the honda was too tall and the other thing that worried me about it there is exhaust possibly coming into camper.As for the gen size i head to glamis alot,also have a toyhauler and where i camp i have to air down alot so i take a larger air compressor a 2000 will not start it but the 3000 will.On camper i dont have to lift it high either plus it can stay on the rack the whole time

Then at night i sometimes run some spot lights for camp the 3000 barely runs above idle here.My cousin had a 2000 last time and one light his gen was singing pretty good.But if his had very low load it was very quiet too.If i were to not worry about the listed above and just to charge batts and for a micro then a 2000 would fit me well.


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3000W Chinese genset thread

Official Unofficial CPE2000i generator thread

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I originally bought the Champion 3000 watt and modified it to get higher amperage out it from one plug but it's way too noisy. Now I use the Honda EU2000i which is much lighter and quieter.

Guess I have a generator fetish, just bought a Hyundai 7250 watt generator because it was on sale........


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I have a Yamaha 2400 inverter...converted it to run on propane or gas...it runs the A/C, no problem.


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