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bgum

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Posted: 07/26/21 02:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will not regret buying a generator that you can also use at home. We had a genny that also sucked propane never again.
I would suggest a Westinghouse inverter 2500 watts.
It is fairly quiet and is definitely dependable. It is 2500 watts surge and 2200 watts running. It is about $550 and weights about 45 pounds. It should start and run your AC. Look at the others they do not provide 2200 running watts or 2500 surge watts.

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Hi,

I would go Harbor Freight 3500 or Champion 3400 with remote electric start.

Are there designated generator hours?


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As mentioned, the first thing is to find out the generator rules. Some places let you run it all day, others limit you to two 2-hour periods each day (usually around breakfast and dinner times). That will determine if a generator will be useful or not.

As this is your second reserved trip where weather is a potential issue, I do suggest you do your reasearch on the average weather for an area and time frame BEFORE making reservations.

Campgrounds along I-5 and Hwy 99 are usually hot during the day and night - due to the mountains on either side, they do not get the nightly breezes that drop the temps overnight. For summer camping, I recommend going up into the Sierras or to the coast. The daytime temps will get hot, but nights tend to be very cool.

Stay out of the foothills and the I-5 stretch until October through April. During the off season, they are cool and fairly empty.


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I see different starting point might apply for the question.
Camping at the lake, you will sit at the lake during day hours, when CA has nice feature of nights getting cold.
I've been camping for 20 years at Union lake in Sierra and at 4300' elevation I actually removed AC and generator from 1 of my motorhomes as they were dead weigh. But I also had shaded spots most of the time.
On other hand, lot of my CA friends bought generators not having any RV.
PGE making pre-emptive power shut downs did create quite a situation.

* This post was edited 07/26/21 04:23pm by Kayteg1 *





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One other factor to consider is air quality due to wildfires. It's (another) bad fire season in California, so you may need to close up the windows and run the A/C to keep cool, and may end up needing to use the A/C more than you expect even if it cools down in the evenings. Air quality can vary dramatically from hour to hour, you could be in relatively clear air in the afternoon, then have unhealthy air by evening.

I'd bring along an air purifier to run in the RV, but with young children and the number of active fires, I'd even consider cancelling the trip.


Here's a good source for air quality information:

https://www.iqair.com/us/usa/california/siskiyou

They do make forecasts for a week in advance, but I haven't found them to be very accurate for more than a day or two out, so even if the air looks good (or bad) for your trip in the forecast, it may not turn out to be as forecast.

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If don't want to invest in something you won't use that much,I might look into just renting one. Around here you can rent a Honda for about $250 a week from Home Depot,there may be better deals where you live.


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bgum wrote:


I would suggest a Westinghouse inverter 2500 watts.
It is fairly quiet and is definitely dependable. It is 2500 watts surge and 2200 watts running. It is about $550 and weights about 45 pounds. It should start and run your AC. Look at the others they do not provide 2200 running watts or 2500 surge watts.

Not a lot of reviews on this unit, but all have been very positive !

This is the ONLY small portable generator that fits my "sweet spot", 20A continuous. I don't know why other manufacturers haven't move into this spot.

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I am now using with good results a Firman Inverter 2000i generator I bought on sale at Costco for $350.00 early this year. It has the econo quiet mode, RV receptable plus 120 V AC plus and a USB for charging laptop and phone and parallel cable kit. Before that I had a Champion 3500 with same bells and whistles. Very handy critters to have on camping and fishing trips.

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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

I am now using with good results a Firman Inverter 2000i generator I bought on sale at Costco for $350.00 early this year. It has the econo quiet mode, RV receptable plus 120 V AC plus and a USB for charging laptop and phone and parallel cable kit. Before that I had a Champion 3500 with same bells and whistles. Very handy critters to have on camping and fishing trips.


Is this the one you are referring to?

https://bityl.co/82Afhttps://bityl.co/82Af

If it will run the AC, looks like a pretty good option. Could always just buy it and leave it in the box then return it if we just don't end up using it. Would be nice to have around the house but reality is we live in suburbia so power outages are rare and short lived for us.

It isn't that I am opposed to spending the money for a nice generator to have around but kind of already spent my extra spending money on a set of Torquelift Glow Steps. Hard to spend another $500 to $1000 without the wallet squealing...


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Another option:

Assuming smoke and generator hours are acceptable, Ask to rent or borrow a generator from a fellow TC'er for a week.

Lake Siskiyou can be a fun place for kids. If I recall, many of the unpowered sites are short on shade. Some day trips to nearby hatchery, rail museum, etc. may mitigate the heat of the day.


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