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Posted: 10/08/19 03:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the convenience of pushbutton use is high on your list, look at the remote start Champion. You can leave it connected and just pus a button in the morning to fire it up, I also saw a guy who had run a 30 amp cord under his trailer to allow him to have the generator in his truck bed and to run his AC while travelling.
3150 watt inverter with remote start for a little less than the 2000 watt Honda's.

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Honda is the gold standard, but solar stand alone might be an option. Depends on what you want to power. That 2000-2200 watt Honda is probably going to be too small to run an ac, but more than you need for lights, etc. Solar would go great there.





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Agree that Honda (and Yamaha) are probably still the gold standard, but it's a crowded market for portables in today's market. We have a 3000 Yamaha and it's been a gem. We have TH now with 5500 built in. It's really nice to run it without lugging out 50a cord. We still use the Yamaha occasionally. It's more fuel efficient and we can roll it in the back of TH.


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I bought a couple years old Honda 2000 and now understand the love [emoticon]
However, buying new, I'd buy two Champions or even Predators with a parallel kit to get sufficient power for an Air Conditioner and be able to run just one for battery & basics. Still save $$ over a single new Honda 2200.
My SIL has the Predator 3500 (2 years) and it works well for them at about 100# & $600-700 in cost.


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agesilaus wrote:

road-runner wrote:

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The problem with Solar is the inverters shut down when the power goes out to protect the utility company linemen. So unless the inverter sees voltage from the utility it won't pass any current from the solar panel.
I interpreted the solar suggestion as a standalone system, not a grid tied system.


Plus that would be a stupid system. You are saying that if for example there was a Hurricane or wildfire that knocked out the line system that you would not be able to use solar to power your house. It does not compute and that's what transfer switches are for.


Stupid it may be but that is the reality of most grid tied solar.

What would be appropriate for an RV is an off grid solar system. I have 300 watts of solar on my 5er and still have to run the generator. Just not nearly as much as before.

I am in the process of installing 1800 watts of solar and 660lbs of batteries on my new rig. Guess what? I am going to have a generator. Sometimes it gets cloudy.....


Regarding generator choices, if you are looking at Gas generators I would strongly recommend one of the "inverter generators". They use less fuel and don't piss off the neighbors.

I have a Honda and a Champion. The Honda is the quietest of the two. It was also nearly three times the price.

The Champion has a wireless remote that is handy.

I would buy either one of them again.

I purchased a Ryobi "super quiet" generator. I ran it one day and took it back.

Good luck with your endeavors.


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agesilaus wrote:

road-runner wrote:

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The problem with Solar is the inverters shut down when the power goes out to protect the utility company linemen. So unless the inverter sees voltage from the utility it won't pass any current from the solar panel.
I interpreted the solar suggestion as a standalone system, not a grid tied system.


Plus that would be a stupid system. You are saying that if for example there was a Hurricane or wildfire that knocked out the line system that you would not be able to use solar to power your house. It does not compute and that's what transfer switches are for.


Yes, that's stupid but that is code in many places.
I'd do it (safely) anyway.


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2oldman wrote:

generators are a hot topic around here.

As an alternate suggestion, I'd consider solar



I've been away for a while but I remembered this forum had opinions (and experience) with different generators. Ideas on solar are more recent I guess. Makes sense since PV panel costs dropped a lot.

From what I understand about these installs they cannot operate when the grid is down unless there is a battery plant connected in front of the transfer switch. The batteries are not cheap, take up space and have a finite life. Not the ideal solution for a hurricane or other power loss.


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We have 400W of Solar panels up if I could just get them hooked up. But that will not run your a/c. This summer during an eight week, 9000 mile trip the only time I ran my Champion 3500/4000 inverter was one hot afternoon, boondocking in ND. Ran it for 4 or 5 hours to run the a/c.

Otherwise 2 Troy 6V golf cart batteries carried us thru three days easily of dry camping.


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If 2000W to 4000W is all you need, and quiet is what you want, then these would be my choice.
I saw a guy in the nearby casino parking lot last summer, and he just brought back 2 of them and the parallel kit. Before I knew that he was testing his generators, I approached the back end of his truck, to see what he was doing, I heard the faint sound of a generator running, and I was only about 20 feet away. They are quiet.

https://www.harborfreight.com/engines-ge........uper-quiet-inverter-generator-62523.html


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PNW_Steve wrote:

I am in the process of installing 1800 watts of solar and 660lbs of batteries ....
Very nice. You can cut that battery weight by about 2/3 with Lithium. Of course your wallet will also get considerably lighter.

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