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Old 03-06-2020, 10:28 AM   #41
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The extra power in the Ryobi 2200 seems to be enough to avoid that issue.

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Old 03-06-2020, 06:54 PM   #42
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I run our 13,500 btu a/c with a dual-fuel (gas/propane) Yamaha 2000. Starts and runs with no issues, genny is quiet and stays in truck bed.
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Old 03-07-2020, 02:23 PM   #43
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Yikes, that Champion is 96 lbs?? I'd need ramps to get that on and off the tailgate of my truck.

Leave it in the bed of the truck and run an extension cord.
Yikes, indeed!

Unfortunately, we tow with a SUV. There is no way we can transport a generator. It has to be mounted on the trailer.

@ HGHSL: Older ACs do not always work with soft start kits, as with my BF 19 (and my current trailer). I travel with dogs want enough watts to be able to start my AC in an emergency. So, a Honda 3000i did not meet my needs and was expensive.

The Champion 3400 was my first generator. It could start my AC, weighed less than the Honda, and was within my budget. It weighed 103 lbs & thank goodness I was able to safely mount it on the back of my trailer. It proved to be a reliable work horse, and I have no qualms purchasing another Champion product.

But it was LOUD & thank goodness I camped in dog training areas, many times alone. When others trailers were present, I could usually park away from them. Even so, they were usually owned by people who more than naught also had loud generators. But ... I did feel guilty.

Unfortunately, Champion did not manufacture a inverter generator 12 years ago. Now they do, and their generators get great reviews. I have my sites on a Champion 2000 Inverter Generator. It has a 53 dBA rating, which will ease my guilt. And ... the Champion weighs 46 Lbs!

@ HGHSL: I have also learned that a knowledgeable RV service professional can rewire my AC to start with 2000 Watts. (Take that Manufacturer!). So, I now have the option to use my AC. Yay technology.

BTW, I have heard good things about Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generators. But based on my positive experience with Champion, I recommend their 2000 Inverter.
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Old 03-07-2020, 04:41 PM   #44
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I bought a 4250 watt dual fuel Champion generator which cost me $249
It does everything I want whether its at my pole barn or at the deer shack . Unlike a Honda it runs well in cold weather
We do NOT use the generator for camping , not our style !
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I bought a 4250 watt dual fuel Champion generator which cost me $249
It does everything I want whether its at my pole barn or at the deer shack . Unlike a Honda it runs well in cold weather
We do NOT use the generator for camping , not our style !
Well, Champion makes great products, and they have superb customer service. I have in fact used mine in temperatures in the low 30s. It always started immediately! What’s not to like?

Everyone has their own camping style - and personal energy requirements.

BTW, I’m on track to go solar this year. I’ve recently installed a Battle Born lithium battery, and am in the process of testing it.

Per my research, it’s tricky to camp with solar for extended periods of time. Eventually, you’ll have to recharge the battery (even with daily, optimum sunlight). So, if I get a generator, it would be used primarily for backup - and access to my microwave every once in a while. Piece of mind (and Healthy Choice entrees) are important to me.

My battery purchase is dependent on weighing the trailer & tongue. The BF21RB (rear bunk) carries a great deal of weight in the rear of the trailer, where the fresh water tank & basement storage are located. This is exasperated by locating the new battery inside the cabin.

We try to counter that by filling the tank with a minimum amount of water and locating our clothing bags & other provisions in the front of the cabin while under tow. However, I suspect that I have a low tongue weight which may negate the addition of that generator. So, keep your fingers crossed.
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:15 AM   #46
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I bought a Pulsar 2200 watt dual fuel generator because I hated to deal with gasoline while traveling.
I added a second LP tank to the front of my much modified 16' Scamp since I no longer have to worry as much about tongue weight.
I have never put gasoline in the generator so I don't have to worry about bad gas messing with the carb.
Of course it puts out a little less power, but with my inverter heat pump there is no starting surge etc.
The largest load is the microwave and it is an inverter as well and it also works well with the generator.
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Well, Champion makes great products, and they have superb customer service. I have in fact used mine in temperatures in the low 30s. It always started immediately! What’s not to like?

Everyone has their own camping style - and personal energy requirements.

BTW, I’m on track to go solar this year. I’ve recently installed a Battle Born lithium battery, and am in the process of testing it.

Per my research, it’s tricky to camp with solar for extended periods of time. Eventually, you’ll have to recharge the battery (even with daily, optimum sunlight). So, if I get a generator, it would be used primarily for backup - and access to my microwave every once in a while. Piece of mind (and Healthy Choice entrees) are important to me.

My battery purchase is dependent on weighing the trailer & tongue. The BF21RB (rear bunk) carries a great deal of weight in the rear of the trailer, where the fresh water tank & basement storage are located. This is exasperated by locating the new battery inside the cabin.

We try to counter that by filling the tank with a minimum amount of water and locating our clothing bags & other provisions in the front of the cabin while under tow. However, I suspect that I have a low tongue weight which may negate the addition of that generator. So, keep your fingers crossed.
I have run my Champion generator in temps as low as - 15 below F .
It took a few extra pulls to start but after that it ran flawlessly for 3 hours
Honda generators had an issue with their crankcase ventilation system
In cold weather the vent would freeze shut causing the generator to die under load. They finally came out with a modified vent in hopes of solving the problem
From what I know the improved vent was expensive and worked sometimes .
If you’re running the generator in moderate climates it worked well but if you had to depend on it in cold weather , it would not be my first choice .
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