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Old 03-20-2003, 11:56 AM   #29
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We spent about 80 days in our Casita last year and never used the generator.(We do have a small solar panel.) Most of that time was in Forest Service campgrounds or boondocking in the desert(winter)
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Nick, What is the wattage of your solar panel? Does it allow you to boondock indefinitely or do you slowly lose battery power?
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Old 03-20-2003, 01:49 PM   #30
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Larry; The solar panel is very small. It is meant to keep the battery topped up. The trailer is not here and I don't remember the size of the panel.

I try to keep the battery in top shape and we conserve electricity as much as possible but we do slowly loose power. We have gone over a week with no problems but did have some sunny days.

We use a black cat heater and at the most two lights at a time.

We are planning on a 75 watt panel and will then be OK
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Old 03-20-2003, 04:19 PM   #31
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Hi All
On home page is good article on solar panels,I printed it out last nite for a friend and they were really happy with it

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Old 03-20-2003, 08:02 PM   #32
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I am thinking in terms of generators and the storage of same as I must be prepared to camp in the boondocks for three to five days at a time. I will gladly plug in when I have a campground at my disposal. I am trying to plan for those other days, when I am self-contained. Living in Florida I see no way but a generator for those 99 degree summer days. Julie
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Old 03-20-2003, 10:49 PM   #33
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We travel with ours in the mini-van.
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Old 03-22-2003, 04:39 PM   #34
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generator

Here's a vote for the Honda 3000. Yes, it weight 147 lbs. We put it in the back of the truck with a come-a-long screwed to the ceiling of the shop. Unless, of course, there is another person around and we can con him/her into a little help.

I would be very concerned about using a 2000. The reason is the amount of restart amperage needed to recycle the compresser during the normal cycling on - off that occurs in use. I could be mistaken, but I think that it is just a little more than the normal start amperage, and the initial start amperage is more than double the run amperage.

Bottom line is we can run the microwave and the airconditioner at the same time in our 17' Casita.
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Old 03-23-2003, 03:47 AM   #35
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Eu2000i and roof air

I've come up with an answer for my needs. Looks like the Eu2000i does well with the smaller air units, but I've got a 13,500. Coleman makes a new unit called the Polar Cub. It runs on 8 amps at full load so the Honda should work with it. I'm going to see if I can get a deal on changing it out. My Dometic is hardly used, so maybe I can find some one who wants it. Thanks for all the help!

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Old 03-23-2003, 05:39 PM   #36
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Julie Hi... I checked the Honda generator site and a 2000 w inverter model is still very available. It puts out a peak 18-19 amps.If this model at 46 lbs. is too heavy for you to throw around you can gang two 1000 w models together at about 28 lbs. each. This would get your 2000 watts. The down side is cost. The upside could be no back injuries. There is also a propane model available but it is a commercial model I think with a lot more weight. Just search the Honda Generator site for more info. The reason that I mention the availability is that on another thread there was mention of the 2000 model not being available anymore. Good Luck Benny
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EU2000 or EU3000...

Irv:

Right, with the AC on, and we want to use the microwave, I reach over and turn the thermostat up so the AC compressor cycles off during that time. It's 'either/or'.

When using the (8,000btu) AC the generator has to be set on 'constant run', not ECO mode. It'll kick off when the AC tries to re-start with the generator on ECO. On constant run it's OK. :)
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