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Posted: 05/13/19 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Since we had the gen to use the A/C, it was running at full throttle. Found out that the vaunted "quiet" running of the Hondas is when they are on "eco" mode and basically only idling (charging camper battery and using fans, other light electrical loads). To run the A/C they have to be at full throttle. When running at full throttle, the Hondas are not as loud as an open "contractor" generator, but they are not quiet.



If you got the AC running with a 2000 watt generator, you were lucky. It usually takes two of them, especially if you want to use anything else.





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Since we had the gen to use the A/C, it was running at full throttle. Found out that the vaunted "quiet" running of the Hondas is when they are on "eco" mode and basically only idling (charging camper battery and using fans, other light electrical loads). To run the A/C they have to be at full throttle. When running at full throttle, the Hondas are not as loud as an open "contractor" generator, but they are not quiet.



If you got the AC running with a 2000 watt generator, you were lucky. It usually takes two of them, especially if you want to use anything else.


I think the key is I shut the "ECO Mode" off, so the generator was running at higher revs when I turned on the A/C.


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Tvov wrote:

I think the key is I shut the "ECO Mode" off, so the generator was running at higher revs when I turned on the A/C.

My 2500 automatically comes off of eco mode when AC turns on.

Also installed the soft start unit on the AC... it really works@

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Big_steve wrote:

If you're in a camp area without electric, but still there are others around, how late is it okay to run your generator into the evening? And are generators in MHs more quiet that setting one up outside a TT?
If you are the last one running a generator then you have run it too long.

MH generators are not necessarily more quiet depending on your proximity and what portable you are comparing. And don't get me started if the on board diesel generator exhaust is pointed right at your campsite.


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We are in the south... if it is hot and humid, it is running all night.


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State/National Parks - follow the rules
Wal-Mart Truck Stops, etc. - run as needed, maybe all night for A/C.
Boondocking/BLM/etc. - unless against the rules, run as needed. Be courteous of neighbors, but in the end, unless against the rules, it's an individual decision.


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Cocky_Camper wrote:

We are in the south... if it is hot and humid, it is running all night.


You need to go to a private park with hookups, if you can't live with out electricity.
Plenty around


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philh wrote:

Tvov wrote:

I think the key is I shut the "ECO Mode" off, so the generator was running at higher revs when I turned on the A/C.

My 2500 automatically comes off of eco mode when AC turns on.

Also installed the soft start unit on the AC... it really works@


The 2500 has enough power that you don't have to worry about it.

The issue with the 2000 is that the short time between turning on the A/C and the generator revving up (basically eco mode automatically shutting off) is long enough to trip the breaker in the camper or on the gen.

A lot of people don't even know what "eco" mode is, or that it can be shut off.

This is the experience I've had with a Honda eu2000 and my camper. We had a nice, cool weekend during a hot and humid heat wave.

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Big_steve wrote:

If you're in a camp area without electric, but still there are others around, how late is it okay to run your generator into the evening? And are generators in MHs more quiet that setting one up outside a TT?


My first question what kind of generator? Inverter generators and much quieter than open frame of the same size. Many prefer Honda (expensive) and many like the Champion.


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Big_steve wrote:

If you're in a camp area without electric, but still there are others around, how late is it okay to run your generator into the evening? And are generators in MHs more quiet that setting one up outside a TT?


Except for stopping for some rest at a Walmart parking lot, we always camp in campgrounds with at least water and electric, so don't run the generator with one exception - if the power at the campground is out. We lost power for 5 days one time, but only ran the generator to charge the battery usually for a few hours mid-morning.

Our Class C motorhome had a 4000 Watt on-board Onan generator that I thought was loud. Then after Hurricane Matthew blew through, we lost power. Our neighbor a few houses away was running his open frame generator to power his TT. Standing at the front door of our house with our MH in the driveway 10 feet away, I could hear the open frame generator about 100 feet away over our Motorhome's generator. That thing was crazy loud. I don't know how they stayed in the TT all day.

The on-board generators are somewhere in the middle between an inverter generator and an open frame generator. As far as I am concerned, all generators are loud. Some are just louder than others.

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