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Old 02-09-2016, 06:32 AM   #15
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Very interesting unit there is a couple of things that make me wonder. The outlets say 15 amps max that's 1800 watts but the outlets are 20 amp designed (hard to say if they really are) A 20 amp outlet is rated for 2400 watts max and the generator is rated 2500 watts.
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Old 02-09-2016, 07:11 AM   #16
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I was skeptical myself but while camping at a race last summer our neighbor had one and he swore by it. He showed me how it ran his ac unit although you couldn't have anything much else other than a light or 2 on at the same time. I always admired the Honda's but it seems if you didn't spend 2 grand on one you couldn't run your ac with it either. I have 2 Kawasaki genny's for 15yrs and while they have been so dependable for me, neither will run my rv ac. The breakers always trip on startup. The Predator.....no problem as of yet. It is easy to transport and quiet. So far my only gripe is the small fuel capacity. It only runs about 4hrs on 1/2 load so in the middle of the night it typically shuts down. I haven't found a way to add an auxillary fuel tank to it because the one built in holds pressure to act as a fuel pump to keep it running. If you remove the gas cap for a few seconds while the unit is running it loses the pressure and shuts down requiring a re-prime of the fuel system. Kind of an odd set up to me being an auto mechanic and having experience with many small engines for it to work that way instead of just a typical gravity feed system but none the less for the price it is a pretty nifty and useful unit for me.
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Old 02-09-2016, 12:56 PM   #17
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My camper generator make no noise at all I don't even have to put gas in it, 100 watt solar panel.It does make enough power to run the Fantastic fan on low and still charge the batteries I don't have AC so a generator is nothing I need to take camping as long as the sun shines I can go indefinitely with two batteries running pumps,fan, lighting,TV and my radios.
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Old 02-09-2016, 05:56 PM   #18
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Seeing how you hail from Maine, you may not require AC. it gets mighty hot and sticky here in PA hehe.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:23 PM   #19
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I'm in Maine because I hate hot humid weather! I'm from the Chesapeake bay area of Maryland!
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:11 PM   #20
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Ideally you should figure out the total load that you are going to place on the Generator and allow 10-20 percent lee-way. This is so the Generator isn't operating at its max output all the time. Again I say "IDEALLY" because you and everyone knows this never happens.
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30 amp main breaker X 120 volts = 3600 watts.X 10% = 3960 watts. So a 4000 watt generator is needed to get full power to the trailer.
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:50 AM   #22
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Yep and unless it has a 30 amp RV socket or a twist lock adapter to a 30 amp it ain't going to happen either. If you have a single AC unit and do not intend to run every kitchen appliance know to man at the same time then a 2800 watt would do it.
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What if you ran a small generator that would support the AC and a Solar charger to keep the battery charged for lights and supporting electrics? The biggest draw on that coach will def be the AC though I would think?
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:53 AM   #24
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What if you ran a small generator that would support the AC and a Solar charger to keep the battery charged for lights and supporting electrics? The biggest draw on that coach will def be the AC though I would think?
Yes beyond a doubt the AC will demand all the power followed by a microwave.There is no way you will get away with any thing less than 2600 watts and 3000 watt would be even better.
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My 84 Sunline Mini-Motorhome came with a Onan 4000 watt Microlite. It had been added by a former owner. Complete overkill, but will run any and everything. I have gutted and am currently upgrading the interior and power system. I have purchased a Renogy 200 watt solar kit (will update to MPPT before install). I am going to add an automatic power transfer switch from shore/generator. and partner it with a 2000 watt pure sine inverter/charger. The inverter will power will be connected to power all but the AC.
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If it's a microlite it's probably a 2800 watt. The 4K's are not real small and at that size I think they called them microquiet. How is the generator set up now? Does it have a transfer system or does it have a socket for the camper power cord to operate from the generator? Is this thing on a Toyota frame? If it is it most likely had a 30 amp RV socket inside of the power cord storage the drill was to plug in the power cord to the onboard socket and start the gen. that was the transfer switch. If I'm right on this the easiest way would be to buy another 30 amp socket and connect your inverter to it. Or to avoid confusion a standard house outlet and an RV 30 amp adaptor connected directly output of the inverter. You need to avoid back feeding the inverter with the generator so an automatic transfer switch would become complex.
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Yamaha 2400w generator

Bought a Yamaha 2400w and love it. Easy start, always on one pull. Super quiet and cheaper than Honda. It runs my AC fine, but I wouldn't ask it to power much more at the same . Light weight too.
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