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Generators for Travel Trailer #4649181
01/28/18 02:43 PM
01/28/18 02:43 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
Snagglefoot Offline OP
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I currently have one of those basic Champion generators for charging my two batteries on my travel trailer. At the provincial camp grounds here, we are allowed to run generators for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening, (without any flac from neighbors). My Champion is 1200 W starting, 1000 W running. It's absolutely fine for charging the two batteries, can power a toaster, and a microwave. What I don't like is it's kind of bulky, being a poor boy engine bolted to an industrial looking electrical generator. I'd like to get one of those sleek Honda or Yamaha generators but I prefer a knock-off rather than spending a thousand bucks.

Any one got any experience with a decently priced knock-off. Also feel free to share your experience with generators in general. Thanks.

SF


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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649210
01/28/18 02:59 PM
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What rate are you charging your batteries at? If 30 AMPS each, that's 420 watts each, close to maxxing out your existing generator.

The quiet ones are doing less work.

Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649213
01/28/18 03:01 PM
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Wet side WA
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Why would you even deal with a maybe get a Honda!


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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: eljefino] #4649217
01/28/18 03:04 PM
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Snagglefoot Offline OP
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I plug my travel trailer into the generator and let the stock travel trailer charger do the charging on the batteries. A little inefficient but I don't have to mess around with pulling the cases. Generally my batteries are less than 1/2 way depleted from using the blower on the propane furnace if its a cold night. All my lights are LED which helps a lot. My batteries usually top up in less than an hour. I don't know the charge rate in amps on the travel trailer charger.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 01/28/18 03:09 PM.

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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4649219
01/28/18 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Why would you even deal with a maybe get a Honda!


+1. Those Honda's are the gold standard. There are more and more imposters which may or may not be good...

Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649220
01/28/18 03:13 PM
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Get a kill-a-watt meter for your current generator and see what your battery charger pulls. The inverter generators shine in

1) low load, low noise
2) low load, low gas use
3) somewhat better/ cleaner power (not an issue with resistive toasters or dumb battery chargers)

If you're near the max output of your current generator you're not getting as much benefit with an inverter. Also when you look up noise ratings make sure it's at the same % power output.

I'd get a Japanese name just to have a higher assurance parts will be available. Good sales on Black Friday if you can wait. Yamaha makes them as well as Honda.

Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649221
01/28/18 03:13 PM
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North Carolina
oilchangeguy Offline
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Powerhorse at Northern Tool. Honda clone engine, 9000 watts. Starts and runs great. They have the inverter styles too. Great value


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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4649223
01/28/18 03:16 PM
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My buddy has this one for his camper..it powers the whole camper, quiet and it runs all night long. I have a big bulky champion myself but would buy this one if something goes wrong with mine.

https://www.amazon.com/WEN-56200i-2000-W...erter+generator

Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649234
01/28/18 03:28 PM
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Chicago, IL
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I bought a used inverter Honda, it was still $450, but I was happy to pay it. There weren't as much other inverter models on the market at the time.

Is this just for weekend camping use? If so, I don't think I'd hesitate to buy one of the off brand inverter models, or look for a used Honda that isn't completely beat up ands still overpriced (not always hard to find!).

Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: EdwardC] #4649240
01/28/18 03:33 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
Snagglefoot Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: EdwardC
I bought a used inverter Honda, it was still $450, but I was happy to pay it. There weren't as much other inverter models on the market at the time.

Is this just for weekend camping use? If so, I don't think I'd hesitate to buy one of the off brand inverter models, or look for a used Honda that isn't completely beat up ands still overpriced (not always hard to find!).


I usually do about five camping trips per year of two or three nights duration. The sites are typically devoid of A/C power.


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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649262
01/28/18 03:52 PM
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Kevil,Ky
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You could get the Harbor Freight knock off Honda quiet generator. or maybe try a pawn shop for a HondaYamaKawi.


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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649275
01/28/18 04:06 PM
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Know a lot of sailboat guys using the Harbor freight Chonda inverter generator. They've become REAL hard to find in inventory due to demand for them.


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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649426
01/28/18 06:39 PM
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Utah
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The general rule of thumb is if they are cheap they are noisy.

Get a Honda.


Last edited by CKN; 01/28/18 06:42 PM.
Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649462
01/28/18 07:19 PM
01/28/18 07:19 PM
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Lyndhurst NJ
Audios Offline
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The Predator are supposed to be pretty close in terms of noise and vibration, but I cant comment on their longevity. Go with the predator and get the extended warranty, and still save a bunch. Or keep your eyes open for an open box/returned/scratch and dent one.


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Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot] #4649464
01/28/18 07:20 PM
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North of you Idaho
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I only have experience with Honda's and Onan's. Home Depot does have Ryobi's which is some what of a Honda inverter clone, but it is most likely made in China...

I currently own an eu2000i and an eu3000i.

Last edited by KneeGrinder; 01/28/18 07:22 PM.

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