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Old 01-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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but what if its hot & sticky while boondocking?

Trust me i see the merit of running solar to keep the batteries charged, but what about when its a hot muggy night and the fantastic fan just isn't cutting it?

i know alot of folks are anti generator but if your not camping in a facility that has power...what would be recomended for a 5000btu window type ac unit that isn't too loud but pretty reliable?

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I believe that a generator is your only option under those circumstances. The Honda eu2000i or a similarly spec'd model is my recommendation for the generator running as quietly as possible. It should be plenty powerful for a 5000 btu air conditioner.

What you want to avoid is a contractor's generator that is very cheap to buy, but extremely loud. (The ones sold at Harbor Freight come to mind.)
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Yeah its not an everytime need but seems sometimes it is muggy like that in August... also one place i might go to this summer i would be banished from the tent camping are and all the rvs run generators all night long so for sure i would want one.

So is Honda the generator of choice for reliable dependability??


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So is Honda the generator of choice for reliable dependability??

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Honda and Yamaha inverter generators are the cream of the crop and priced accordingly. Sometimes you can snag a deal on a used one.
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I used a 12v fan/ice filler cooler combo, worked for 2-3 hours until I fell asleep. here is link Portable battery operated cooler air conditioner for tent or RV by Kool Aire
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:21 PM   #6
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Yeah its not an everytime need but seems sometimes it is muggy like that in August
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Deryk, when you have those hot muggy August days, you should just head for the West Coast. Nice breeze, low humidity, comfortable days and incredible sunset. Don't need no stinkin generators. We'll keep the light on for ya.
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I wish Linda...but I love my job and want to retire in 19 more years lol...then I'm a free agent and can wander where its not too hot in the summer....and no snow in the winter....ah freedom one day lol.


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We have a Cummins Onan 3500 electric start extremely quiet and national park approved.
Bought it through Costco several years ago and it runs everything in the camper.
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I wish Linda...but I love my job and want to retire in 19 more years lol...then I'm a free agent and can wander where its not too hot in the summer....and no snow in the winter....ah freedom one day lol.


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The important thing is you have a great plan and those 19 years will pass in a flash. In the mean time, the generator is a great interim plan. See ya in 19 years.
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now i like diesel....coming from living on a boat with a diesel engine....but have seen mods for converting a Honda to run on propane too...I have 2 propane cylinders so would be nice to not have to carry gasoline....anyone using anything like this?

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Check the spec's on a small window A/C it is possible that you might just need the Honda 1000 which is quite a bit quieter than the 2000.

The factory installed a Fridgedaire 5950 BTU in my Scamp. I wanted to get the Honda 1000 but found that it's the power needed to kick the A/C on that requires the most juice. I researching my A/C with the Fridgedaire factory I found that it runs on 661 watts but needs between 1000 or better to start it, so they recommended that I go with the Honda 2000.
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Yeah Joy Ive been reading about 5000 bu air conditioners and generators and although its "possible" to run 1 on a 1000 honda, for the smallcost more for a 2000 its well worth it.

Im also readin about the propane setup,burns about the same amount of propane as gas, but a 20lb cyl holds 5 gallons... more then enough for a little less then a half a load rated for 2nights

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You have my sympathy, Deryk...my Mother's from New Jersey, and the summer I was seventeen I went back there to visit the relatives. What a shock the weather was...this little born-and-bred Oregonian could hardly breathe with all that humidity! Even when it rained it didn't seem refreshing. It seems to me that the raindrops themselves were warm.

Needless to say, I haven't been back in the summer!

I will say that this was in 1970- long before everyone had air conditioning, and the relatives' solution was to "go to the shore". ("Shore" instead of "beach" was a new one on me, too...don't even ask about the language barrier! )

Point is, you might do what the relatives did: in muggy weather, go to the shore!

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campgrounds at the shore?

Yeah it can get rough, and I agree most times in the mountains of Pa, at night it does cool off enough...but not always lol. So it would be nice for backup purposes to have it and if I can run it off of the propane tanks then it avoids the whole smelly gas you need to carry around with you and all that.

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