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Twistedlarch

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Posted: 06/09/21 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, we just upgraded our TT from a 21' to a 28', we currently have a 2000 (1800 running) Yamaha inverter generator. I have a feeling that this little gennie won't supply enough power to run the new bigger trailer, what wattage would be recommended for the larger trailer?

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What are you going to be running that you were not running with the smaller trailer?

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If you aren’t running the air conditioner, your generator will be just fine. Solar is easier but old generator will do it.


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600 watts on the roof [emoticon]


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...and adequate batteries, time.

Still run into RVers who think solar doesn’t really work.

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Boon Docker wrote:

What are you going to be running that you were not running with the smaller trailer?


I want to be able to run everything, my little 2K would'nt run the AC in our little trailer.

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time2roll wrote:

600 watts on the roof [emoticon]



I put 400 watts on my little trailer, gonna miss it! I do plan to eventually run Solar on the new trailer.

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Twistedlarch wrote:

Boon Docker wrote:

What are you going to be running that you were not running with the smaller trailer?


I want to be able to run everything, my little 2K would'nt run the AC in our little trailer.


Really no difference based on trailer size. The power demands are going to be about the same until you move up to dual air/con RVs.

You can jump thru some hoops spend some money and maybe get the 2000 to run the air/con.

I would recommend something in the 3000-3600w range. That's generally going to be plenty to get the air/con started and not be crazy big.

Keep an eye out for sales. Last year found a Champion Dual Fuel 3200w for $650 for some friends.


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Verify the new rig's AC unit. Some newer ones do not require as much power as older ones.
Yes, a 3000-3500 genset will run everything.


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Twistedlarch wrote:

Boon Docker wrote:

What are you going to be running that you were not running with the smaller trailer?


I want to be able to run everything, my little 2K would'nt run the AC in our little trailer.


A good ole reliable Champion 3500 would work for you and not break the bank.

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