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I just picked up my new to me TT this past weekend and I'm starting to make a list of things I'm going to need to purchase. I race motorcycles so I'll be using it the most out at various race tracks that will require a generator for power. I currently have a Honda EU2000i that I absolutely love and use it with a small portable ac when I have to sleep in my motorcycle trailer. It does the job fine. There is no way it will kick on the AC in my TT so I need more power. I hate to be that guy with the loud generator but in the setting I'll be using the TT the most in, everyone has a loud generator. What I'm getting at is I can and dont mind buying another Honda 2000 and run them parralel for 4000 total watts. But will this be enough to run the ac, lights, stereo and any odd appliance I may use? Or should I buy a 5000watt or bigger lower grade generator and just deal with the noise and use the Honda I already have for my various motorcycle things I use at the track such as tire warmers, fan, small compressor etc?

The bigger Honda generators are out of the question simply do to cost.

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If you only run one AC at a time, just get another 2,000. We have a pair and they work well for us.


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X2 for another Honda.

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Absolutely pair up with a 2nd honda 2000.


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If the only use is for AC is at the track, the second Honda is a very expensive option as you can buy a noisy 3000 watt genny for less than $300.

If you also plan to boondock at State Parks or Nat'l Forest campgrounds, the second Hond makes much more sense.

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I havent found a place yet here on the east side of the US that will allow more than a couple of hours in the morning and then maybe three hours in the early evening to run your generator whether it is loud or quiet like the Honda. Most everywhere has generator run time restrictions. I'm sure there must be some places where you can run your generator anytime you want to but that has not been the norm for us. I suppose NASCAR and other race tracks you can run them when you want to.

What most folks do to counter this is beef up the battery bank system and be able to camp thru the day and night off the batteries and then use the single 2KW Generator during the two short generator run time allowed the next day to re-charge the batteries only. Wont have any generator run time allowed to be able to use your air conditioner.

This has been the "norm" for all of the places including the Natl Parks and Govt sites here on the east side of the US. I think it is relaxed abit on the west side of the US because of the more open space country.


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I've never been anyplace that didn't allow you to run them most of the day outside quiet hours so it sounds like it's a check the area's you will be thing.
I usually camp at state parks and private campgrounds in OH, KY, IN so your milage may differ. If I already had one of the honda's, I'd likely buy another as two are going to run a single ac and most everything you want to run in a trailer.


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Get another Honda. You can run one most of the time and parallel the two when you need A/C.


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x2 on getting another Honda. Don't forget to get an extended run kit for them. This allows you to be able to keep your A/C on at full blast throughout a weekend (assuming it is permitted), without having to worry about refueling as often.

Once note though: Get handle reinforcing kits for the generators, and use a security chain (not a cable unless it is armored) to lock them down. This will keep them from walking off.

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Ok guys I appreciate the responses. I guess I'll get me another Honda

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