GO FOR IT!
I have had great experience with my Champion 4000/3500W gas generator, which I used for over 12 years. I mostly dry camped - without solar
. So I powered up that generator on most of my trips. It always started, even at high elevations & cold temperatures.
That generator, which weighed 103 lbs, was mounted on the back porch of my previous trailer, went to the new owners of my trailer.
Because I travel with dogs, I wanted a generator that would start & run my AC in an emergency - which brought me to that particular sized generator. But if faced with an emergency, I just want to make it through the afternoon & night. If adverse conditions were expected to last for much longer, I’d try to find a camping spot with hookups or leave for home. I can’t imagine running my AC off grid sans an emergency.
Sadly, Champion did not offer an inverter generator when I purchased that first trailer. My other complaint was the smell of gas fumes when operating the generator. The ability to use propane
would solve that problem.
Today, I would not hesitate to purchase a duel fuel inverter generator from Champion. They offer a well priced, quality product. They have great customer service. They have apparently added cold weather start technology.
In particular, I would recommend the Champion 2500 Duel Fuel Inverter:
When compared with their 2000W duel fuel, the 2500W offers little more starting power giving you added cushion for your (soon to be) soft start wired AC. Both generators have the same size, noise level, dimensions & weight
. When compared with the 2000W duel fuel, the 2500W has more running power when using propane
. It’s noise level of 53 DBI is acceptable given the price. And only 39 LBS! What’s not to like?
Yet another possibility is to purchase 2 smaller generators with a parallel cable. You can take one of these smaller generators on short camping trips to power, say your microwave
, and take both on longer trips to destinations where you may need to power up your AC.
I like the idea of using propane
to power the generator. No noxious fumes to worry about. If you can safely add the weight
to your tongue, I’d mount the generator behind the propane tanks so that you are close to your fuel source & not have to drag it over to the tanks. Another alternative is to mount it on your back porch. If you have to pack the generator in your tow vehicle or trailer when under tow, propane is advantageous as you won’t have to worry about gas fumes. 39 LBS is lots easier to carry to the front of the trailer than 100+ pound 3500W generator.
REGARDING YOUR AC:
For piece of mind it’s good to know that you can power your AC in an emergency, such as extreme heat or smoke from a wild fire.
When selecting the actual wattage you need for your AC, contact the manufacturer to find it’s starting & running power requirements, and whether you can add an easy start kit to your AC.
Neither of my BF trailers’ AC would accept a easy start kit. However, my Mobil RV serviceman assures me that he can wire the AC to start a 2000W generator.
. Hence I feel confident with a Champion 2000W or 2500W duel power. I’m guessing it will work for you.
There is a potential rub: your AC’s running watts. Even if you could soft start with a 2500 watt generator, you’ll still need enough watts to keep it running. Once again, it’s best to contact the manufacturer.
Interested in hearing about your decision.
Hope this helps.