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#4649181 - 01/28/18 02:43 PM Generators for Travel Trailer
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1709
Loc: Alberta
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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#4649210 - 01/28/18 02:59 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32632
Loc: ME
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.

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#4649213 - 01/28/18 03:01 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2737
Loc: Wet side WA
Why would you even deal with a maybe get a Honda!
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#4649217 - 01/28/18 03:04 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: eljefino]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1709
Loc: Alberta
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.


Edited by Snagglefoot (01/28/18 03:09 PM)

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#4649219 - 01/28/18 03:07 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41775
Loc: New Jersey
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...

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#4649220 - 01/28/18 03:13 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32632
Loc: ME
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.

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#4649221 - 01/28/18 03:13 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
oilchangeguy Offline


Registered: 02/22/09
Posts: 476
Loc: North Carolina
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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#4649223 - 01/28/18 03:16 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
krismoriah72 Offline


Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 1518
Loc: wv
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

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#4649234 - 01/28/18 03:28 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1862
Loc: Chicago, IL
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!).

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#4649240 - 01/28/18 03:33 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: EdwardC]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1709
Loc: Alberta
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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#4649262 - 01/28/18 03:52 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
vwmaniaman Offline


Registered: 04/18/13
Posts: 129
Loc: Kevil,Ky
You could get the Harbor Freight knock off Honda quiet generator. or maybe try a pawn shop for a HondaYamaKawi.
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#4649275 - 01/28/18 04:06 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
DoubleWasp Offline


Registered: 05/21/12
Posts: 5236
Loc: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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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#4649426 - 01/28/18 06:39 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3689
Loc: Utah
The general rule of thumb is if they are cheap they are noisy.

Get a Honda.



Edited by CKN (01/28/18 06:42 PM)

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#4649462 - 01/28/18 07:19 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
Audios Offline


Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 884
Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
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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#4649464 - 01/28/18 07:20 PM Re: Generators for Travel Trailer [Re: Snagglefoot]
KneeGrinder Offline


Registered: 11/28/17
Posts: 221
Loc: North of you Idaho
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.


Edited by KneeGrinder (01/28/18 07:22 PM)
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