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Old 12-18-2008, 06:29 PM   #15
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Here is a 2000 Inverter Generator with a 59dB noise rating worth looking at. I have NO idea if it is good or not.

On sale for $600.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/sto...amp;marketcode=
That IS a GREAT Price for a 2000Watt Inverter. Although I'd hate to have to look for it in the dark, even with a flashlight.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:35 AM   #16
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Here is a 2000 Inverter Generator with a 59dB noise rating worth looking at. I have NO idea if it is good or not.

On sale for $600.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/sto...amp;marketcode=
$700, Michael, $700.
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:25 AM   #17
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$700, Michael, $700.
I got an email promo I thought I copied. Maybe I miss spoke or it changed.
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:34 AM   #18
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I did an experiment some time ago with a borrowed 1000 watt generator.
It would [b]not power my 700 watt Microwave. I didn't even try my 5,000 btu air conditioner.
Most people get a 2000 watt generator for those tasks.

Others may chime in to report if it will power a converter to charge the battery...

I just do without the Microwave or AC without full hookups. I have 45 watts of solar panels to charge the battery when boondocking for the 12 volt DC electric needs: lights, water pump, and Heater blower motor.
if you use a 1000 watt generator it will only have about 750 watt continuous output, when using a microwave and it is 700 watt you would need 900 watts to run it, just add 200 watts to what the micro says and that is what you need for it. in my trailer I use a xantrex 1750 plus power inverter to run my micro.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:00 AM   #19
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The Honda inverter series 1000 watt generator is good for 900 watts continuous. Microwaves are nortoriously poor for power factor. Brief thread about power factor/microwave oven A newer, "power saving" 700 watt microwave might work. Something to do with stepping up the individual loads rather than throwing them on all at once.

Sadly, I'm guessing that all the power saving goodies are usually saved for the more expensive microwave ovens running at the upper wattage range since they're trying to get them to work on a 15A circuit without blowing the fuse. a 700 watt oven that jumps to 1400 watts at startup will still work fine on a 15A home circuit.

For example, here's a GE 700 watt microwave that needs 1150 watts to run (scroll down through the specs. 700 watt microwave. That's about 61% efficiency. Looking further, in the bigger units, I quickly found another unit with 75% efficiency. I expect there are better still efficiencies if I search longer.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:20 AM   #20
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The Northern Tool generator that Mike linked is a Kipor with a different case. The color and handle differ but the specs, control location, etc. are all the same. Kipor frequently sells re-badged models such as my "McCulloch FG2000Tc".

http://www.kipornorthamerica.com/App_Theme...x600_IG2000.gif
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:23 PM   #21
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I got an email promo I thought I copied. May I miss spoke or it changed.
Nope you were right, it changed. I looked at the link when you first posted it.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:49 AM   #22
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Monica, I've read countless posts in many forums with varied opinions on what type and or size of generator to use. We have a Honda EU 3000 and for us it is truly quiet and starts every time. A little too heavy for thieves of opportunity to walk away with.
I wanted a genset that I can just plug into without slide rule calculation on demand spikes, this or that, watts vs volts etc OY VEY...and not PO the neighbors.

Honda, or Yamaha for that matter, are names you can trust producing portable power products that have been around since 1965 so these companies are offering very refined technology and tons of manufacturing history in this area.

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Old 04-12-2009, 09:23 PM   #23
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I tripped over my generator yesterday.. that's the first I have paid any attention to it since I moved.. LOL!

Being that I will very shortly be living full time in my rig, I decided to go ahead and get more solar panels.. I don't know if I will be working in a private campground with hook ups, or a forest service one with none. I got 2 50 watters for the roof, and will keep my portables just in case, bringing me to 175 mixed bag watts with 2 controllers.

I also picked up a Wave 6 cat heater.. no power usage.. so, outside of air conditioning and micro, I should be quite happy power wise if I end up with no hook ups, even in the northwet :-)

I suppose I will still haul the genny around.. but I don't know why. I REALLY never use it and it was a regrettable purchase for me.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:28 PM   #24
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I also picked up a Wave 6 cat heater.. no power usage.. so, outside of air conditioning and micro, I should be quite happy power wise if I end up with no hook ups, even in the northwet :-)

I suppose I will still haul the genny around.. but I don't know why. I REALLY never use it and it was a regrettable purchase for me.

Gina,

But you know...when you get rid of the generator, you will need it! The wave 6 uses no power? How is that?

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But you know...when you get rid of the generator, you will need it! The wave 6 uses no power? How is that?

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There are a number of LP heaters intended for RVs that are radiant and use no circulation fan (or the fan is run by small batteries) -- They are roughly divided in two classes, those using catalytic conversion and those using Oxygen Depletion Sensors (ODS).

The standard RV furnace actually uses two fans (although they may on one motor), one inside the combustion chamber and one inside the warm air chamber.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:27 PM   #27
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wave 6 rocks! we had one in a 24' and it was way to hot. we only used high to get it going good. our cat also loved to sit in front of it
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:22 AM   #28
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I considered a Honda 1000 but it wasn't enough to start the A/C so I got a Honda 2000. It's a nice little generator. Some have the 3000 but you'd definitely need a permanent place for it. The 3000 is way too heavy for most lady's to move. The 2000 only weighs in the neighborhood of 40 lbs. Since you are fulltiming you should consider mounting the generator on the tongue as I and others have done or not. I just posted my mod a few weeks ago.

In addition to having a generator I also have a 55 watt solar panel. If I had a 16 footer like you I'd have a 100 watt panel and mount it on the top of the trailer. My panel is not mounted on my 13 footer as I don't have the room for the panel I chose purchase, that would be the actual size. Now remember the solar panel only charges the trailer battery so that's all the power you have available. To run 110 appliances you'll need an inverter. You can't use appliances that use lots of power such as the A/c and Micro, your battery won't ever have enough juice for them.

I like having both the option of using solar or generator depending on where I'm camped and what I want to use in my trailer.
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