I want to thank everyone for their input in my resent generator/battery/inverter questions. So, I think I will probably pick up a couple of group 31 AGM batteries and a 2000 watt pure sine inverter (probably the Xantrex prowatt sw2000). I've already ordered the Honda eu2000 generator.
Much of the primitive camping we do now is in the UP or Northern Michigan and I'm sure we will enjoy a quieter generator experience with the Honda. I'm sure the battery/inverter will be an additional benefit but I am hoping it will also be a benefit when we are on the the road traveling to a more distant destination and wanting to spend the quick overnights at a Walmart, rest stop or truck stop. Will the battery/inverter be all we need for our morning appliance usage or will we still need to use a generator? Obviously, with the Onan 2500, it was a simple push of a button (and waking up the neighborhood) to get the coffee brewing, and hair dryer, drying. Anyways, that is all history.
For our morning coffee, we use a Keurig coffee maker which requires turning it on to heat up the water and then make two thermos's of coffee. Probably less than five minutes. Then my DW will require about 10-15 minutes to use her hair dryer and curling iron. And lastly, using the microwave for heating up some oatmeal.
I hope this isn't a dump question but I have never been able to get a good grasp of RV electrical systems and if it is questionable whether this will work, then there is probably not a need to invest in this battery/inverter system at this time. I'm just hoping it will work.
Thanks for you help and patience.
If you are looking for an inverter I recomend Xantrex PROWatt SW2000.
Thanks, Scottz for this recommendation. I found it for sale at a place called Hodges Marine for $338. From what I've seen, this is a good price for a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter. I think I'll probably order it. Thanks again.
It would be better to run a small 2,000 watt Honda generator for such high wattage appliances, then run the TV or other low wattage things with the inverter. But whatever you want. . .
The Honda is about $995 at a place like this. Mayberrys.com Ask about delivery costs, as that can get expensive. I think this place is free shipping, but don't have current information.
Fred, I appreciate your recommendation on the Honda EU2000 and I laugh only because I ordered one just yesterday from Camping World. They are running a special until August 18th of, $999 plus free shipping. I thought that was a pretty good deal. But I should also clarify when I would be wanting to run these appliances without the generator. I would only be wanting to do this when camping overnight at places like Walmart, rest areas or truck stops and not pull out the generator so not to look too much like we are camping. Once we arrived at our destination, I would be pulling out the generator. My current Onan 2500 is very noisy and with the mechanical problems I've had with it, I just want to remove it from the camper and then carry the Honda in the generator cavity. My plan is to remove it, get it serviced and then sell it. It only has 16 hours on it but just don't like it. I also barowed a friends Honda 2000 and it was able to run the AC we have in the camper.
A question I should probably ask, is it then even necessary for me to have AGM batteries if only needing them to run appliances on these quick, overnight stays? I'm thinking I would still require a good inverter.
As for the solar panels, many of the places we dry camp are so wooded, I'm not too sure if solar would work very well for us.
I'm looking at purchasing a couple of group 31, AGM, deep cycle batteries and a new inverter for our AF 1150. We enjoy dry camping but always rely on a generator for making our morning coffee and for my wife to blow dry and curl her hair. So, what direction should I take as far as the correct batteries and inverter? My local CarQuest dealer has 31 group AGM, deep cell batteries for $248.99 each. They said the manufacturer for the batteriy is East Penn. Thanks for your help!
I wonder if it makes sense to pull it out, fix it, and sell it to recoup some of your cost for the Honda? Seems like people are asking $1000-2000 for working ones. Don't know what they actually get, but a low-hour one that works should be worth around 60% of the new cost.g
That is precisely my plan. Once I repair whatever is the problem and with only 14 hours on the Owen, I'm thinking I should get back more than what I pay for the Honda. At least that is what I hope.
I removed the Onan , converted the Honda to propane , modified the exhaust and installed in the generator compartment of my 1150. All the convenance of the Onan except the electric start
How did you modify the exhaust, was that a kit?. Does the Honda run just as quiet on LP? I saw where there are remote start kits for the Honda 2000
I can get through 4-5 days of AC on that.
Buzzcut, are you saying you can run your AC with the Honda?
Bedlam, we don't have a huge need for a generator but we do have some basic uses. Coffee in the morning, my wife's hair dryer, toaster, etc. We live in northern Michigan, so have not had a big need for AC, we will be spending part of the winter in Arizona this coming year but even then, I don't think the AC will be a big need.
But I would miss the convenience of just hitting a start button in the morning to start my coffee. And when on the road and doing Walmart or Rest stop, overnight camping, I would not be too excited about having to go outside to pull a generator out for just a little power.
So, how does one remove a generator from a TC?
It seems my Onan 2500 LP generator will be costly to repair, with much of the cost just to remove and reinstall it back into my AF 1150 camper. So, my concern is, if this is the case with just 14 hour on the generator, what can I expect as time goes on. So, I'm wondering if I might be better off with a portable gas generator, such as the Honda EU2000i. I've read a lot of positive reviews on the Honda and it will easily fit into the existing generator cavity. I realize I will now have to carry a supply of gas and I won't have the convenience of just hitting a button to start the generator but as it is right now, pushing a button doesn't work either.
So, my question is this, for those who camp with a generator, which do you prefer, or would prefer, a built in LP generator or portable generator? Thank you
Well, the frustration with my Onan 2500 generator continues. After posting questions and several searches regarding why my Onan 2500 generator was first operating poorly then not at all, I changed LP tanks. Now, when I hit the start switch, the generator starts immediately, but as soon as I release the remote switch, it shuts off. The same happens when I push and release the switch on the generator. But as long as I hold the remote or generator switch, the generator runs well and very smoothly. Someone asked if I had a light on the generator which would have to do with error codes, but I do not. If this helps, the light on the remote switch will not turn on. Any ideas?
I understand that I am replying to an old post but while do a search, I came across this person describing the same identical issues with the same identical set up as myself. I'm out of town right now and will look into this as soon as I return, but my question is, if there is adequate LP to all other appliances, how come the regulator could be at fault? Thanks
My Arctic Fox 1150 is a 2012 and is outfitted with an Onan RV QG 2500 LP generator with only 18.4 hours. This past April, while doing its monthly exercising, the generator shut down on its own after about an hour of running. Shortly before it shut down, I noticed it was doing more of a sputtering than a smooth running sound. I haven't really needed the generator this summer but will be heading out on a trip which will spending some time off the grid. I've tried starting it up several times this summer but it only runs a short while than shuts down.
So, I was just working with it this evening and it started up as it always and without any hesitation. But I did notice the same sputtering and then smooth out for a short bit and then go back and forth between smooth running and sputtering. Then, after about eight minutes, it shut down. When hitting the start button just after it shuts down, it would start and then shut off. Any ideas? Thank you
We have a 2012, 1150 dry bath, which we purchased new three years ago and love it! There were some minor fixes at the start but other than that it has been a great camper. We actually love it so much, we have chosen to sleep most of the year in it. Last year we slept in it from May 1st through December 7th. We love cold weather sleeping but the snow was getting too deep for walking through every morning. As others have mentioned, it is heavy but travels very well on our Chevy 3500 and Duramax engine, especially with a few modifications. Our dealer (American RV, in Grand Rapids, MI) had recommended we also install air bags, so we did. It was an improvement but it wasn't until we installed Torklift Stableloads that we felt our truck was a good fit for the camper. A one ton is the minimum size of a truck you would want for a 1150 or 1140 and I would immediately install the Torklift Stableloads. Then decide if you feel you need to add additional modifications.
Yes I'm looking at stableloads and I'm wondering if someone has them already and if they like them compared to air bags.
I have an AF 1150 and started off with air bags but felt I still had more sway than I liked. I then installed the Stableloads and was blown away by the difference. I now don't feel I have any need for airbags and regret I ever spent the money to have them installed. My recommendation to anyone will always be to start off with the Stableloads and decide from there, what suspension needs you may have. I will pretty well guarantee, you will be extremely satisfied with Stableloads over airbags.
Even if we are at a location for a week or so, we have a tendency to leave the site almost every day to visit the area and we find it's always nice to have the camper with us. For that reason, we have yet to remove the camper while on the road.
I just picked up a 450 watt inverter and will be traveling out west and Walmart camping on the way out. Our truck camper has a single 27 group battery and curious if the battery and inverter is sufficient to operate a dual control, queen size electric blanket for about 8 hours, during the night.