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Portable Generators for 5th Wheel Camper

by , Posted to on 01/09/2007 9:37 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/17/2006
Location: ND
I have a 28 foot 5th wheel camper and like to camp around different parks, and sometimes cannot get a electric hook-up. What size portable generator should a guy get? What is the quietest and best brand out there? Where can a guy find the best buy here in North Dakota? It's for those lengthy trips where I need to run AC or recharge the batteries.
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by on 01/09/2007 9:47 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/27/2004
Location: ND
Get a Honda generator, 2000 or 3000 should do it. My grandpa has one that he uses when he goes to Alaska.
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by on 01/09/2007 11:14 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/11/2002
Location: ND
depends on how much stuff you are going to run at the same time. 2500W will run the AC but not much else. honda is probably the best and quietest portable but also one of the the most expensive. you can buy a lot cheaper one 4000W or 5000W for under $500 bucks at menards. they are pretty noisy and you won't be very popular with other campers that are nearby. i bought a champion 1250W from checkers that is pretty quiet, works fine for the microwave and other small appliances.
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by on 01/09/2007 11:18 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/12/2003
Location: ND
I would get NO LESS than a 4000w continuous for running the air conditioner. If you do not have enough power you will end up burning up your AC. I have a noisey 5000 but it works for what I use it for.
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by on 01/10/2007 08:45 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Whatever you do make sure you get the more quiet 4 stroke models. The Honda's are probably about the quietest. Buy any other kind and the other campers will throw you out.... :)
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by on 01/10/2007 09:32 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2004
Location: ND
Agree with gonefshn, some parks/campgrounds have noise restrictions which does apply to generators.

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by on 01/10/2007 10:05 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/17/2001
Location: ND
I have a mitsubishi 5000w that I bought from Capital Rv when I bought my camper. It was about $1500 and it runs everything I need it to run. AC/Microwave/tv/etc. sounds like I am really ruffing it dont it. It is very quiet. Not as quiet as the Hondas but I usually have it setting behing my camper and it is not a nusiance. It is very heavy! Not a one man job when it comes to moving it. that is one thing to look at when buying a generator. Honda by far is the best but also the most expensive.
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by on 01/10/2007 10:58 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/31/2005
Location: ND
The main thing is the Honda motor, because there are other brands of generators out there that run Honda motors, but they are not 100% a Honda, but they run the motor and that is what really matters, whisper quiet and bullet proof. These brands are slightly cheaper than the Honda generators, check out Northern Tool or Tool Crib of the Norh.
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by on 01/10/2007 11:44 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/05/2004
Location: ND
Gentlemen

I cannot believe that everyone forgot to mention this. The camper A/C units needs 110v/30Amps. So make sure any generator you get has that ability. Plus the generator needs to have the three prong 110/30Amp outlet. It should say "RV ready"

I picked up a generator at Checkers for 300 bucks. It is rated at 3000 watts and is wired for campers at 110v/30amps. Noise level is rated at 68dB.

Good luck finding a generator.
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by on 01/10/2007 3:41 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/17/2006
Location: ND
Thanks for all the good advice! I guy where I work says to make sure I has at least 3500 watt. I'll admit that I am not a real know it all when it come to converting watts, amps, and volts. I know most campgrounds have the 30 amp hook-ups, so that is the power I would want. So I was unsure if 3000 watts converts down to 30 amps or what. I saw a 5th-wheel out paddlefishing in Montana last year that has a Yamaha that was very quiet, but it seems kind of small looking to run an A/C. It looked barely big enough to keep beer cold in a cooler. Not sure it I can justify the cost yet with the number of times we do get away when we can't plug in or when we go out primitive by ourselves away from the crowds. Once again, thanks for responding. Feel free to keep adding on!
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by on 01/10/2007 4:00 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2003
Location: MN
If you are interested, a friend of mine has a Multiquip 3600w MAX that he will probably be selling soon here. It has a Honda engine...he was using it as emergency back-up for his house. He is in the process of moving now and mentioned he'll probably sell this one.
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by on 01/10/2007 5:40 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2002
Location: SD
I saw an aftermarket muffler for those noisy generators. I can't remember the site but a simple web search will find it. It looks like a motorcycle muffler mounted on the side frame.
Mike Kriz
Rapid City, SD
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by on 01/10/2007 5:43 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2002
Location: SD
Check this site for quite a few options: http://www.jackssmallengines.com/
Mike Kriz
Rapid City, SD
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by on 01/10/2007 6:03 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/28/2003
Location: ND
paddledogger

I camped with a 30 ft 5th wheel for many years until I bought a place at the lake. The rooftop air conditioner for my unit needed about 2,800 watts to fir it up. Once it was running, I was told by heating and air guys that it needed about 2,000 to 2,200 watts to run. All they recommended that I do was to shut off everything when I fired up the air conditioner and then I could run my tv and lights and small items. I had a 5,000 watt for quite awhile and it was big, heavy and noisy. I had shoulder suregery and needed something smaller. Here is a link to the Honda generator that I used. it is the only way to go, unless you want to spend really big dollars. This unit will run you about $1,400. It is 3,000 watts and was light enough to pick up and put in the pickup by myself - 68 lbs empty. I used it every weekend during the summer, becuase we always stayed in the primitive campground at McKenzie Bay.

http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/ModelDetail.asp?ModelName=eb3000

If I was to go back to camping again, I would not hesitate to buy the same generator again.
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by on 01/10/2007 9:48 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/17/2006
Location: ND
300umag,

Thanks for the information. McKenzie Bay is one of those places where I would like to go. I'm not real fond of the campground there, as it feels like your on top of one another, and the primitive spots are out and away from everybody. All I want would like a generator for is to run the A/C, and maybe a light or two, along with the occassion water pump for the toity. We hardly ever use the microwave. For how mild it's been this winter, it sure would have been to run up there and plug in this winter to run a radiant heater in the camper and go out ice fishing during the day. Sounds like fun. Oh well, camping season and paddlefishing is around the corner. FISH ON!!!
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by on 01/11/2007 07:29 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Don't assume that just because a generator has a Honda engine on it that your problems are over. If you plan on running anything with electronic control you should specifically look for something with inverter technology, not just a plain old generator. There are lots of generators out there that use Honda engines but NOT inverter technology which don't supply a current pure enough to safely power electronics like computers and other solid state stuff.
I had a 5000 watt generator out here to use as a back up in case of power failure and when a voltmeter was put on it the voltage varied from 110 all the way up to 145 depending on the load which was guaranteed to blow out the electronics on the furnace at the very least, not counting the electronics in all the rest of the house.
Those cheaper 4 - 5 thousand watt generators are meant for contractors to run power tools and lights from, but not electronics. So beware.
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by on 01/11/2007 07:39 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Paddledogger - remember I = E/R from high school physics

or Volts X Amps = watts.
Also remember there is peak and load ratings. Air conditioners need more current to start them than run them while they are starting. This is peak current.
But assume 5000 watt generator divided by 120 volts you end up with about 40 amps for starting. Most 5000 watters are rated at about 4000 continuous, so a 5000 watt generator should run 30 amps continuous OK.
But remember a cheap 5000 watt generator without inverter technology (pure regulated sine wave current) MIGHT blow the electronics in the rest of your 5 wheeler depending on how sensitive to voltage and current spikes a particular device may be. Stuff like air conditioner compressors (basically just motors) are not particular on the quality of the current, though.
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by on 01/11/2007 08:30 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Paddledogger, Onan has came out with a new line of portables. they are powered by a honda motor and real quite..the size you need is 3500 watt or 4000 watt...Cummins Engine Co. owns Onan so call any Cummins Dist.
hunting1977
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