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Posted: 05/19/19 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a folding 6' aluminum ramp that my Basset Hound uses to get in and out of the travel trailer. I use it to load the Champion in the truck too.

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Well, thanks for all the great ideas.

I am not keen on two generators, that is two motors to keep running, oil changed, air filters replaced (foam ones rot) and all of that. A co-worker bought two of the Honda 2000 or whatever it was at the time, three or four years ago, and worried about theft, and ended up making up a frame of metal that they both bolted to, and that he could, literally, park the trailer wheels on. It was a neat idea, but a hassle no less.

The only issue with running the HF unit on the tailgate or bed is that the exhaust is on the opposite end from the plugs and controls. Easy enough to get around I suppose, sit on the tailgate and slide in enough to plug up the cable and start it up.

Here in the east, most organized campgrounds have power, but I am planning trips out west, and few campgrounds out there have power, so a generator would be needed more often than here in the east.

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Champion has two handles and wife & I easily lift it to the back rack and we both have bad backs. It has wheels and a folding handle so you move it like a wheel barrow.

I will be traveling solo, so no one to help.

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Hi,

How did you get the impression that few Western Campgrounds have power?


CharlesinGA wrote:



Here in the east, most organized campgrounds have power, but I am planning trips out west, and few campgrounds out there have power, so a generator would be needed more often than here in the east.

Charles



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^ Maybe he's going to the ones that don't have power? Wild guess, I know.


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I had an 80 pound Yamaha. I also had a topper on the truck. I kept it in the truck and cable locked to the bed. I put the generator on a plywood sled that I attached plastic to the bottom of. It would slide easily of my carpeted bed liner. I'd drop the tailgate, point the exhaust out of the bed and let her run. Very convenient and the best security option I had. Never had to lift it.

All that said, buying again, I would listen to the great advice above and get paralleled 2000 models. I have slowly learned over time not to buy based on price. Get what you need.


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2oldman wrote:

You're going to be living with a big heavy generator long after it was 'on sale.'


Ditto. This is why I went with two small ones, plus I get more output with two small ones than with one big one.
I only run them in tandem when I want A/C. Everything else, one will suffice.


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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

How did you get the impression that few Western Campgrounds have power?


CharlesinGA wrote:



Here in the east, most organized campgrounds have power, but I am planning trips out west, and few campgrounds out there have power, so a generator would be needed more often than here in the east.

Charles


I should qualify that. The campgrounds I would be most likely to use (ie. state and National Park/Monument, and other public owned campgrounds.) I've spent a lot of time looking at the various parks, reviews, etc, and in a large national park, there might be one with hookups, and several more without. I attributed that to the distance and remoteness of the region. Yes, there are campgrounds with hookups, but here in the east, dang near every campground has electricity, and most have water. Its the norm here.

Looking again, Moab area no power in any of the public campgrounds along the Colorado River, Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Dead Horse Point SP, all nothing. Bryce and Zion, nothing except for Watchman CG in Zion, the list goes on. So yes, there are some that have power, but most do not.

Charles

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http://www.campgroundreviews.com/search?query=MoabĀ®ion_id=-1&orderby=cg_id&sort=asc&distance=10&ftype=&filter%5Bcg_electric%5D=yes

yields 14 campgrounds with power in the Moab Utah area. One of them is a State Park.

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Are you expecting to run the A/C 24/7? Most parks have limited generator hours and you will never really cool off in the heat of summer.

For most everything else 200/400 watts of solar would work very well. Mounted on the roof there will be no lifting or other logistics.

Otherwise for utility power there are usually a few RV parks close enough.


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My Dad had a custom platform built on back of his last trailer, had a locking cage that secured generator and two 5 gallon gas cans. He used cherry picker to load it at beginning of season and unload it at end.

We load our Honda 3000i in back of pickup and leave it there during our trips (run it with tailgate open and exhaust diverted up. Wife and I load and unload it as needed between trips.

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