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Generators for camping.

Im looking for a generator for camping.   What do you guys suggest.   I know a honda would be great but i am not looking to break the bank on this.    How big will i need to run the camper.    I know the quieter the better but you will pay way more.   What do you guys suggest for a generator a limited budget.   

Also are there kits to quiet down a louder generator?

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What are you trying to run?  Fridge, heater, ac?

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mainly the ac at night.    and charge up the battery off and on.     and run the microwave periodicly

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 Where do you usually camp? Near others in a campground or by yourself? The quieter the better either way but it all depends how quiet you "need" it too. If the only people you might bother are inside sleeping comfortably in the AC, it doesn't need to be as quiet.

Figure out the max power you need to run everything, what your budget is and that will narrow down your options as to how "quiet" you can go.

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A lot of campgrounds will have a quiet time from 11pm-7am when generators can't run.  Also there isn't a cheap quiet generator with enough power to run the air conditioner its going to be either loud or expensive.

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i have a pair of honda 2000's; together they run an 18k btu ac unit. By themselves they will not run even a 15k btu unit; guessing a 3000ui would

for quite; your options are honda/yamaha/kipor; i went the honda because i always wanted the ability to roll into a local dealer and get parts; with kipor for example that isn't necessarily an option

the honda's are awesome

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The standard size for what you describe is the 3000 watt continuous (3500 peak) familiy of RV generators. I suggest biting the expense bullet and getting the rv version right away. Buy used if you have to, not a lot of people put many hours on their generators.

I have a kipor that I picked up used a couple years ago from BISMAN online. Start there.

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GHF5VC/ref=asc_df_B004GHF5VC1685871?smid=AF8EGQ3KRZQB6&tag=dealtmp1-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B004GHF5VC

This will run everything. Pretty quiet and remote start so you can start it from your camper. Bought one last year and love it.

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http://www.extrememax.com/catalogs/specialty/generators/boliy-generator-si-e.html

Yhis is what I got from swensons rv in MInot, under a $1000, runs everything in the camper, almost as quiet as dads Honda, but half the money.  Good thing is it comes with electric start, and has the option of remote start.  Used it all last year, and was happy with it.

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