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Old 08-05-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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Hello all.......well we took our new 2017 camping in our first so called roughing it in a state park not far from water, electric, or sewer hookup for 2nights. We discovered the power limited us to basic lights and outside outlet, no microwave, no inside outlets for electric curious about what generators would be good for a 2017 5.0TA?.?.............Michael

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Old 08-05-2018, 05:50 PM   #2
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When I boondock ( almost always ) I cook with propane BBQ and butane burner or propane burners in the trailer. It's the most efficient way to cook and heat the trailer or cool the fridge without electricity.

Since I got solar panels, my Honda EU1000i generator stays home. I don't have to carry smelly gas cans with me and I don't irritate my neighbours by running a generator.

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Old 08-05-2018, 05:50 PM   #3
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I think a little Honda eu2200i would fit the bill nicely Michael. Even has enough power to run an AC if needed.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:08 PM   #4
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I guess no solar? We’ve been out for a week at a time with no hookups .
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:14 PM   #5
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I found that here in Pennsylvania the state parks discriminate against pet owners and always designate pet spots away from everything else and without hookups. I set up each Escape to utilize propane and solar and I can use everything except for the a/c. I have a 12v tv and 12v antenna, propane for cooking and refrigeration and 12v for water and lights and everything else. I sold my generator 7 years ago and have not missed it.
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:00 PM   #6
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Jim, you clearly do not live in AZ. Where at 9000' elevation on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon can get into the 80's in the late afternoon. We carry a genset for those 2 hours or so before it cools off.
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:09 PM   #7
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Jim, you clearly do not live in AZ. Where at 9000' elevation on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon can get into the 80's in the late afternoon. We carry a genset for those 2 hours or so before it cools off.

Here was our weather for the day.
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Intervals of clouds and sunshine, hot, humid; a thunderstorm in spots late this afternoon
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:32 PM   #8
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I don’t like hot weather but I can tolerate it during the day but at night it’s a different story
We hit 88 deg today but tonight the projected low is 59 deg .
I can empathize with those who live in tropical states where the temps at night are the same as our daytime highs .
A good nights sleep is important whether I am at home or camping .
Two weeks ago we woke up to 47 deg in Southern Minnesota
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:53 PM   #9
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If the price doesn't scare you off, I 2nd the Honda 2200.

As you're new to it, most state parks have generator hours, many have specific loops that can or can't run generators at all.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:21 PM   #10
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We bought a Champion 3100 dual fuel (propane and gas) model at Costco for $850. OK, its not a Honda or a Yamaha, but then it doesn't have their prices either.

Some advantages over the Honda: 1. Dual fuel as noted. A propane kit for Honda will cost you quite a bit. 2. Costco warranty: incredible really, they add two more years to the existing warranty, and they are really good about returns. 3. RV ready: no adapter needed, your 30 AMP RV cord plugs right in, why Yammy and Honda aren't RV ready is beyond me! 4. Integrated battery charger: included with the unit, plugs right into the front of the generator.

As I said, its not a Honda for sure. But for the money, it works!

Part of it is not just where you live, but where you travel. Our last trip out west we saw a low of 28F and a high of 105F. We like the SW USA in particular. And the southern midwest and plains states are freakin' hot as well.

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