I forgot to mention that I have used the Honda generator
to run a 13,500 RV AC and it did fine. Powering the furnace
you described at the same time should be well within its capabilities. The light weight
is also a real +. And you can use it to charge your car battery
. Just chain it down if you run it outside to keep the resource reallocators at bay.
The suggestion to convert your furnace
to use a plug-in power cord was to make it impossible to put power back into the grid. Once you unplug the cord and connect it to the extension cord from the generator
you totally eliminate the that possibility and you don't have to worry about flipping breakers to bring your home back on the grid when power is restored. If you really want to get fancy about it, run some Romex from a L5-30 twist-lock at an outside wall (like the upscale RV power inlet) and mount another outlet box at the furnace
. Then you can just move a couple of plugs to put your mission essential appliances on generator power. Of course that's a lot of work but, if you have frequent outages, it could be a lot less work overall than pulling out the extension cords every time the lights
go out. I've been telling myself to install the wiring for years but so far I haven't found that particular "round tuit".
Once you have a convenient to use generator you will find many uses for it besides running your RV and powering your home in an emergency. Just buy it for your Christmas present. Think of the "excuse" or "reason" later. I have a half dozen generators (a couple are WWII veterans and weigh several hundred pounds each) but the only one I use now is the Honda.
BTW - 73 in amateur radio parlance is "best regards", usually sent at the end of a contact. CBers usually use 73s but that would translate to "best regardses", a bit redundant don't you think? Ham radio is another of my vices.
Hope the rest of the folks on the forum don't get tired of my verbose responses. Best of luck in getting your backup power system working with that new Honda generator.