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Old 09-23-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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I'm about to buy another generator and was thinking of getting either the Honda EU3000is or Yamaha EF3000iSEB. Both are well over 100 lbs. and loading onto my pickup might be a challenge. While camping I intend to leave it on the truck but before and after trips is the problem. Any suggestions from those with a similar situation would be appreciated.

Also, I just sold my Honda EU2000is because it would not run the AC. Any suggestions on either of the above generators powering an AC? My Bigfoot 21RB has a 15,000 BTU AC I believe.
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You probably would have been better off keeping the Honda EU200i and purchasing a second EU200is with the connection kit. 4000 watts split and easier to move.
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How about a truck-mounted crane? Unfortunately, the crane would weight about the same as the generator, unless you were to find (or make) a more suitable size than my quickly found example.
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You probably would have been better off keeping the Honda EU200i and purchasing a second EU200is with the connection kit. 4000 watts split and easier to move.
I think that this is a good suggestion. You can also add an inverter to use with the generator so the inverter just provides the boost for starting the compressor.

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You probably would have been better off keeping the Honda EU200i and purchasing a second EU200is with the connection kit. 4000 watts split and easier to move.
While I don't generally like the idea of more complication (twice as many parts; two engines to maintain) in this case I think this a good idea. When you need a small generator for other purposes, you don't have to haul all 4000 watts worth around.

I was surprised when I first heard that these generators work well in pairs, but apparently they do, nicely coordinating with each other.
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You can also add an inverter to use with the generator so the inverter just provides the boost for starting the compressor.
This is sometimes called a "hybrid" generator system. It's a good idea when the only problem with the generator's capacity is handling the starting surge.

Just as two generators that incorporate inverters into their designcan combine their outputs, an inverter generator and a battery-driven generator can combine their outputs. After the generator starts, a converter or battery charger needs to charge the battery back up, using the generator's output but at a much slower rate.
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This is sometimes called a "hybrid" generator system. It's a good idea when the only problem with the generator's capacity is handling the starting surge............
Right, which is commonly the problem with AC units due to the large surge starting the compressor, especially if there is residual pressure.
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Here is a crane made for your truck bed, $129
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You probably would have been better off keeping the Honda EU200i and purchasing a second EU200is with the connection kit. 4000 watts split and easier to move.
I thought about getting a second EU2000is for the ease of loading but the remote start option of some larger generators is appealing. Besides I figured the only time the generator would have to be moved is before and after a camping trip. The rest of the time it could be stored in the pickup under a camper shell. I've seen others with a similar setup just roll the generator onto the tailgate to run it. My first thought was to get a lightweight loading ramp that I could remain at home. Might be nice to have anyway for other uses. Being able to power the 15,000 AC is still a concern though.
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Come along or block and tackle plus a ramp? Assuming you can put a dolly under the genny.
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Come along or block and tackle plus a ramp? Assuming you can put a dolly under the genny.
That sounds like a good idea. I could use one or both of the tie-downs in the front of the pickup bed to attach it. Or something more elaborate that I just found on YouTube ...
ONE Man EZ Load loads a large emergency / backup power generator onto a pickup truck - YouTube
I was thinking of also getting the wheel kit for the Honda. The Yamaha already has that feature.
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I see you have a Bigfoot and know even less about A/C, but there's quite a few folks that have A/Cs that install the "hard start" capicator on their A/Cs so it will start with the Honda 2000.. which is too late for you since you sold your generator.... hummm
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Hoist

You could get one of these big game hoist. I have one. Sportsmans guide has them on sell for $89.00 that have a 300lb range. They would pick up a gen. with no problem. And it swivels to load into the truck.
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I see you have a Bigfoot and know even less about A/C, but there's quite a few folks that have A/Cs that install the "hard start" capicator on their A/Cs so it will start with the Honda 2000.. which is too late for you since you sold your generator.... hummm
I stand corrected on the size of the air conditioner on our trailer. It's a Dometic Penquin, either a 11,000 or 13,500 BTU unit not the 15,000 BTU mentioned earlier. Regardless, so you're saying that the air conditioner, say at 13,500 BTU, would run fine with the Honda EU2000is after installing the "hard start" capacitor?
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