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Travels with Yoly

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Travels with Yoly wrote:


It wasn't intended to be an argument but a simple fact of life. My wife and I cannot lift that much weight safely. I do not have the means to construct any of the devices you so proudly boast of nor the inclination to do so. We are perfectly happy with the choices we have made.


If you can't lift 65 lb, than you are disabled person.
You shouldn't lift Honda 2000 neither.
Obviously everything in this life require some thinking about possible ways to do.
Just this morning I unloaded 250 lb marble slab from my van and carried it on my patio.
Some thinking how to leverage the weight without lifting more than 50% and using hand truck does the trick.
Anyway, topic went far beyond original question and when loading and fuel supply are secondary issue, Honda 3000 is the quietest generator for AC loads Period.
Even Predator is much quieter than Honda 2000 CHECK THE VIDEO


The video is not an apples to apples comparison. I would certainly expect a generator under greater load to be louder. The Honda operating at 1500 watts is around 85% load while the 3500 watt generator is running approximately 50% load. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to discern why the Honda is turning more RPM which increases the sound pressure wave. And I am not actually disabled and frankly find your comments insulting. I know my limits from a practical standpoint and have found the 50 lbs of the EU2000 to be manageable and easy to deal with. I'm in my seventies and fit for my age. I just don't take lifting heavy things for granted like I used to.

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Yeah, the disabled comment was pretty dumb.

Last winter, I dislocated my collarbone on a freak accident while camping.. Nevertheless, even 50 lbs was going to be too much for me at that time. It would have been up to my DW. Since she’s not that much over 100, asking her to move generator over her weight wouldn’t make any sense. We just have a built in, but the point remains. You never know when your strength might change on a trip.

It’s the same reason I wouldn’t buy a 12000 lb sllidein winch mount. Could get by with a 5000 which is way lighter, and why be forced to carry somethng a lot heavier just in case. When I’m heatlhy, I could easily handle the larger winch, but who knows when that might change.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

Travels with Yoly wrote:

It wasn't intended to be an argument but a simple fact of life. My wife and I cannot lift that much weight safely. I do not have the means to construct any of the devices you so proudly boast of nor the inclination to do so. We are perfectly happy with the choices we have made.
If you can't lift 65 lb, than you are disabled person . . . Just this morning I unloaded 250 lb marble slab from my van and carried it on my patio . . .
Certainly get the impression empathy (and tact) is not your strong suit. The reality is, everyone, including you, Kayteg1, will be unable to lift 65 lbs. at some point in their life.

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otrfun wrote:

Certainly get the impression empathy (and tact) is not your strong suit. The reality is, everyone, including you, Kayteg1, will be unable to lift 65 lbs. at some point in their life.


I am in the age when I no longer can lift what I used to 10 years ago, but IMHO flooding others with personal limitation and not explaining reasons is insulting them.
You can always look on the subject from different directions.
Still, coming back to original issue, I still prefer to slide big generator on front hitch and forget about moving it for the length of the vacations, than carrying smaller generators out and in at each stop + deal with gas cans.
Especially when that comes with less noise and adds to safety of directing exhaust away from the camper.





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otrfun wrote:

Certainly get the impression empathy (and tact) is not your strong suit. The reality is, everyone, including you, Kayteg1, will be unable to lift 65 lbs. at some point in their life.


Kayteg's comment was pretty thoughtless and yet unsurprising.

Annoying is looking like his most positive attribute...

Fact is, no one size is the 'perfect' solution for everyone. We often carry a 1000, 2000 and 7000. How's that for something to debate about?

Noise, longevity and ability to move are all important considerations. There are some good comments in this thread...and several dead horses.


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Reality Check wrote:

otrfun wrote:

Certainly get the impression empathy (and tact) is not your strong suit. The reality is, everyone, including you, Kayteg1, will be unable to lift 65 lbs. at some point in their life.


Kayteg's comment was pretty thoughtless and yet unsurprising.

Annoying is looking like his most positive attribute...

Fact is, no one size is the 'perfect' solution for everyone. We often carry a 1000, 2000 and 7000. How's that for something to debate about?

Noise, longevity and ability to move are all important considerations. There are some good comments in this thread...and several dead horses.


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We bought a 2016 Lance 995 truck camper and mounted it on a F350 earlier this year. It has an Onan propane generator mounted in the unit, and it's too noisy for me, so I'm thinking about removing it and doing something else.

We don't plan to use the AC or microwave when dry camping, but it has a TV and it would be nice to watch a movie in the evenings. From what I've learned in this thread, an inverter running off the 2 batteries might run the TV. The camper has a solar system that does a good job of keeping the batteries charged.

My question is, will this work, and what kind of inverter should I get?

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Depends how big screen you have, 2 batteries with inverter will give you several hr of watching, but still good idea to have back up generator for short, winter days.
That's why I bought 1000W generator to use when my 3000W Honda would be overkill.
Would I stay at night that require heating, I would consider connecting 2 truck batteries to camper for reserve power.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Depends how big screen you have,


Screen size matters if the technology and age of the TV is the same. Newer tvs use a lot less power. The energy guide amounts will give you a relative cost. Also, most newer tvs have a low energy setting which will impact the usage as well.

You can find the power usage of an older tv with no low energy settings could be easily double a new technology tv like QLED, LED, or OLED in energy mode.

That being said, a newer TC sized tv shouldn’t be much more than 3 to 4 amps. A 300 watt is sufficient to easily drive a TC sized TV and DVD player since you’ll like draw no more than 100 watts.

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To see how long you can run your TV or any other product off an inverter,check out this converter to see..

Scroll down to the converter..

How Long can I run something on an Inverter


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