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Old 08-19-2019, 01:17 PM   #1
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I am sure this topic has been discussed before but I can't seem to find a good thread on this. I have the Bigfoot 25B25RQ. We are considering the Honda Eu2200i for boon-docking. We do not plan to use the AC while running the generator. We are pretty simple campers. We only need the generator to run the appliances and TV in the evening. We use a small portable solar powered charger for charging the batteries when not hooked to shore power. The Honda has great reviews, it is light weight and seems to run a long time on less than a gallon of gas. Does anybody use this as a stand alone generator? We do not want the companion since we have no intentions of ever running two generators.

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Old 08-19-2019, 01:49 PM   #2
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I have two 40 watt solar panels and I leave my Honda generator at home. I don't annoy my neighbours. I don't have to carry gas. I don't have to take it in for service or run it from time to time for the exercise.
All the appliances I need run on 12 volt or propane.
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Hello All

I am sure this topic has been discussed before but I can't seem to find a good thread on this. I have the Bigfoot 25B25RQ. We are considering the Honda Eu2200i for boon-docking. We do not plan to use the AC while running the generator. We are pretty simple campers. We only need the generator to run the appliances and TV in the evening. We use a small portable solar powered charger for charging the batteries when not hooked to shore power. The Honda has great reviews, it is light weight and seems to run a long time on less than a gallon of gas. Does anybody use this as a stand alone generator? We do not want the companion since we have no intentions of ever running two generators.

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If you are definite about not running the AC or microwave, consider the Ryobi 700/900 watt propane only generator. Fine for the TV, charging the battery, etc & you don't need to carry a can of gas. Runs on 1 pound disposable cylinders or with an adapter (that is included) a standard 20 pound tank. I've been pleased with mine. Available on line from Home Depot.
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Thanks for the heads up on the Ryobi. Can you run the microwave on that? We can do without the microwave but the wife normally uses it a lot.
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Thanks for the heads up on the Ryobi. Can you run the microwave on that? We can do without the microwave but the wife normally uses it a lot.
At 700 watts running, I doubt it. I run my microwave with a 1500 watt inverter fed by a pair of 100 amp hour lithium batteries without a problem, then use the generator to recharge the batteries if the sun isn't shining.
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:34 PM   #6
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I carried a Harbor Freight Predator inverter (the first old one) and it was heavy and I always hated having to carry gasoline with me.
Recently I bought a Gas/LP inverter (2200 watt) unit on sale and this one will run 10 hours on a 20 lb tank. The weight of this unit is 45 lbs and comes with the LP regulators.
I installed a second tank so that I would have a tank to refill and one to run.
I have never put gasoline into this generator and I don't worry about the smell and fire hazard with it in the back of the TV.
This is the one I bought from Newegg.com
Pulsar 2,200W Portable Dual Fuel Quiet Inverter Generator with USB Outlet & Parallel Capability, CARB Compliant, PG2200BiS

Mine was hard to start until I figured out that you needed to bleed the air from the system and then shut off the LP valve, start and then turn the valve back on.
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Thanks for the heads up on the Ryobi. Can you run the microwave on that? We can do without the microwave but the wife normally uses it a lot.
My old microwave in my Oliver was 1200 watts. No way, as Jon noted, to run it on 700, or 900 watts.

I switched my microwave out as part of a re-modeling project in the Oliver, and installed a 700 watt microwave in it's place, which works very well. It would definitely run on the little generator as long as there was no other loads of more than a few watts.

If you want to use the microwave a lot, this might be the answer, as they put such a high demand on the batteries.
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I have the Honda 2000. It will run all my appliances including the 8000 btu AC. Very reliable and a gas sipper!
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My old microwave in my Oliver was 1200 watts. No way, as Jon noted, to run it on 700, or 900 watts.

I switched my microwave out as part of a re-modeling project in the Oliver, and installed a 700 watt microwave in it's place, which works very well. It would definitely run on the little generator as long as there was no other loads of more than a few watts.

If you want to use the microwave a lot, this might be the answer, as they put such a high demand on the batteries.
Just be sure the 700 watts is the rated wattage (input) of the microwave, not the advertised wattage. Microwaves draw more than the magnetron tube rating.

When I had my Escape 17, with a 1000 watt inverter, I needed to go down to a 600 watt microwave to keep the inverter happy.
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:02 PM   #10
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Thank You for all the replies.

I am real interested in the propane models. My only concern would be the availability of the fuel in remote areas as opposed to gasoline. According to all these replies most people are happy with a smaller generator.

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Three issues I have with propane.

1. Propane puts out less wattage than running gas.

2. Propane is more expensive than gas.

3. In relatively remote areas, propane can be harder to find.

Full disclosure, we have a Champion dual fuel generator but almost always run it on gas. I have a 2800 watt unit as I want to able to run AC. If I don’t need AC, then I just take solar panel instead (not running big appliances).
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Many if not most are dual fuel systems and you can run on whatever is handy.
For my purpose I have only run on LP, but I can put gasoline in if necessary.
My reasoning is to keep the smell down.
I have two tanks or enough to run for 40 hours at 1/2 power. One of the tanks is a Costco with built in fuel gauge and the other a swap out Blue Rhino that can be swapped many places or can be filled at a lot of RV parks.
Gasoline can also be bought many places as well.
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Do yourself a favor and get a larger one and do it at Harbor Freight.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:13 PM   #14
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We use A-iPower generator with engine from Yamaha that we bought from Cosco last year for roughly $500 while Honda 2000 was $1,000 and Yamaha was $900. I am pretty sure that short of branding it's exactly the same as Yamaha. It started from the first pull after being stored for winter and worked fine all summer and hopefully many more to come and we could power small microwave and everything else in our Casita except AC.

I must say having a dual fuel option does sound attractive, though. If reliability reports on that Pulsar unit are good, it may be a better alternative.
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