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    New member and generator question

    I am a brand new member.. 15 minutes.

    We have a Bighorn 2011 3455RL 5th wheel, purchased from Lazydays in Florida in Feb 2011

    We have done some major mods on it...mainly Mor/ryde IS system and Pin box both, 2nd HVAC...didn't need it this year.

    We do not have an aux generator. considering adding one in the forward compartment in prep of trip to Alaska next year.

    Do any of you have suggestions, ideas, recommendations?

    We appreciate any input....and thanks in advance

    Sam C

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    Re: New member and generator question

    It is somewhat costly to do. I would buy a portable sine wave genset and leave it in the bed of the truck. Then get a good heavy duty extension cord. Its a looot cheaper than what you are proposing.
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    Re: New member and generator question

    small honda,,,keep in front compartment.....just in case

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    Re: New member and generator question

    better yet, two small 2000 honda inverter generators and run one when only need little power, and both run for one a/c if needed. you need the parallel connection or the honda companion as one of the generators...
    they may even fit in the front compartment. they do on my 20 foot prowler.
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    Re: New member and generator question

    If you get an on board generator a 3600 watt will provide 30 amps. If you think you will need both ACs at the same time, you will need 5500 watts. The bigger they are the more costly they are to operate. A 2000i Honda or Yahama will run every thing except the AC, just not at the same time. These will cost $1000. An on board will be $4000 plus.
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    Senior Member olcoon's Avatar
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    Re: New member and generator question

    There are YouTube videos on how to rig up a 5 gal. gas can for extended run for the Honda or Yamaha generators, and also making your own parallel cable.

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    Welcome! Sure you will find all kinds of great advice here. Enjoy your BigHorn.
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    Re: New member and generator question

    A Champion 3100W generator goes toe to toe with the Honda and Yamaha. But, it will run your air conditioner easily, comes with remote start and costs half the price.
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    Re: New member and generator question

    the issue with generators (besides their output which you have to determine for your needs) is weight and mobility. a 3000 + kw generator will be 120 + lbs. if you can move the generator around without assistance, then that is good. if you always have assutance, that us good. but if you can't, then you need to consider your requirements.

    of course a builtin generator doesnt need movement, but you pay accordingly

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    Re: New member and generator question

    A buit-in generator without a fuel cell has to run on propane. This becomes a problem for extended use. It is much easier to fill gas cans than propane bottles.
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