generator size???


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  • SoCalrider21

Posted September 21, 2007 - 01:25 PM

#1

I need some help. I need to buy a generator for my 28' Prowler trailer. But I don't know if it says it in the manual, but the trailer is 250 miles away right now. But what size generator do I need to get for it????

  • motox424

Posted September 21, 2007 - 01:36 PM

#2

I need some help. I need to buy a generator for my 28' Prowler trailer. But I don't know if it says it in the manual, but the trailer is 250 miles away right now. But what size generator do I need to get for it????



If you will be running the air and any other appliances, toaster or microwave, at the same time, you'll need at least a 3,000 watt. Just spend the extra $$$ and get the HONDA 3000 super quiet:thumbsup: The length of the trailer doesn't matter on the size of the generator. All that dictates the size of the generator is what you'll be running and when.

  • toyota_mdt_tech

Posted September 21, 2007 - 01:40 PM

#3

I need some help. I need to buy a generator for my 28' Prowler trailer. But I don't know if it says it in the manual, but the trailer is 250 miles away right now. But what size generator do I need to get for it????


It can vary, does it have an AC unit, if so, more than one? Many run 2 AC units. I have found a single AC units will have around 4000/4500 watts, while dual AC unit rigs will have 6500 watt generators. If you have no AC, a 3000 watter should do it.

  • motox424

Posted September 21, 2007 - 01:52 PM

#4

It can vary, does it have an AC unit, if so, more than one? Many run 2 AC units. I have found a single AC units will have around 4000/4500 watts, while dual AC unit rigs will have 6500 watt generators. If you have no AC, a 3000 watter should do it.


We run our AC unit off a Honda Quiet run 3000 watt, but can not use the toaster, microwave, or a curling iron at the same time as the air is on. Also we tried running 2 AC units(2 campers) off the generator(one mentioned ^) and the breaker tripped. BUT it WILL run 1 AC unit:thumbsup:

  • damone

Posted September 21, 2007 - 01:55 PM

#5

I have a EU3000 and it will not run the AC (13.5K BTU) and the micro at same time. It will run the AC/fridge/TV at same time though.

If it has a 15K BTU AC (I replaced my 13.5 / 15K) a 3000 will only run the AC at low elevation in not too hot climate with nothing else on. The battery charger/inverter trips the overload on the EU3000. Never had that prob when I had the 13.5.

I am considering downsizing AC or getting 2 EU2000 with parallel kit. This is the best set-up if you want to save your back. If you will ever lift the Gennerator into the bed of a truck consider 2 EU2000s. I put wheels on the 3000 and roll it into the toyhauler.

  • witdogg

Posted September 21, 2007 - 04:06 PM

#6

This is the bare minimum I would go with. It’s a very quite unit.

http://www.hondapowe...elName=eu3000is

Here is a good chart to see what size would work best for you.

http://www.hondapowe....com/genwat.asp

  • SoCalrider21

Posted September 21, 2007 - 05:16 PM

#7

Thanks for the information. We more than likely won't be needing the ac during this time of year. But I lived in the trailer for a couple months during the summer, and we had it plugged into an outlet of the house, and we couldn't use alot of the kitchen appliances while the ac was on. So I'm used to that. And I was for sure going to get the honda, I just didn't know between the 2000 and 3000. And it only has one ac unit on it.

  • witdogg

Posted September 21, 2007 - 05:34 PM

#8

It kinda depends on what you are willing to spend, the 3000 is about double the price of a 2000.

One more thing, I’m not sure if it’s true or not but I have heard you can link 2 of the 2000’s together and get 4000 watts out of them. If that’s true and the 3000 is double the cost of the 2000 you would be better off getting the 2000 and if it’s not enough buy another one and you will have 4000 watts for the cost of a 3000 watt machine.

  • SoCalrider21

Posted September 22, 2007 - 11:23 AM

#9

Thanks for the info. I checked it out and they do make a parralel kit so you could link 2 2000's together. I'm just not toooo happy about buying the generator, because it was either the generator or a baja buggy. So the money I get for my prerunner will have to pay for this.....

  • Britincali

Posted September 22, 2007 - 11:32 AM

#10

Do a search for champion 3500, they cost under $400 they are quieter than the contractor gensets and will run everything in the trailer with no probs. Mine will run the 13k AC unit, microwave and toaster at the same time no problem, Ive had it roughly a year now and no issues whatsoever. I put mine in front of the truck and can barely hear it.

Edit :- I searched for ya, yes they are louder than a honda, they are not an invertor so they run WOT all the time, but for under 4 bills you cannot go wrong.

http://www.cabelas.c...61522130a.shtml

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  • damone

Posted September 23, 2007 - 12:13 PM

#11

Thanks for the information. We more than likely won't be needing the ac during this time of year. But I lived in the trailer for a couple months during the summer, and we had it plugged into an outlet of the house, and we couldn't use alot of the kitchen appliances while the ac was on. So I'm used to that. And I was for sure going to get the honda, I just didn't know between the 2000 and 3000. And it only has one ac unit on it.



If it's plugged in everything should work at same time. Chances are the 20A breaker on the house outlet is trippin.

  • revitup

Posted September 24, 2007 - 09:24 AM

#12

If you go the super quiet inverter route and you're going to look at a Honda EU3000is, make sure to check out the Yamaha EF3000iSEBC. It was cheaper than the Honda when we got ours a couple of years ago. One of Yamaha's equivalent to the EU3000is but comes with wheels. We got this one after comparing the two. So far just change the oil, and clean the air filter at the end of the season. Might want to check out Kipor (http://www.kipornort...inemaster3.aspx)

"EF3000iSEBC means it features Yamaha Boost Technology, which provides additional power - when you need it. The Boost Control Unit in the generator automatically senses when additional boost is needed and it uses power from the internal 12-volt battery to produce additional amperage increasing output comparable to a conventional 3500-watt generator.

Supplying an extra boost of power for up-to 10 seconds is essential to power up equipment such as a 13,500 btu air-conditioner or other trailer appliances. The EF3000iSEBC also features Inverter Technology, Smart Throttle and Noise Block. The Yamaha iSEBC will produce clean, high-quality electricity with extremely quiet "low-noise" operation
means it features Yamaha Boost Technology, which provides additional power - when you need it. The Boost Control Unit in the generator automatically senses when additional boost is needed and it uses power from the internal 12-volt battery to produce additional amperage increasing output comparable to a conventional 3500-watt generator.

Supplying an extra boost of power for up-to 10 seconds is essential to power up equipment such as a 13,500 btu air-conditioner or other trailer appliances. The EF3000iSEBC also features Inverter Technology, Smart Throttle and Noise Block. The Yamaha iSEBC will produce clean, high-quality electricity with extremely quiet "low-noise" operation"

  • SoCalrider21

Posted September 24, 2007 - 01:43 PM

#13

Well it was pretty cool. Because I just ran down to Kragen and they had champion generators there, and for cheaper than what cabela's would have cost. But I'll have to look at the sizes they have again, cuz I just was really looking at the 5,000 W one, cuz its going for $400.

  • Chickenhauler

Posted September 24, 2007 - 04:10 PM

#14

Well it was pretty cool. Because I just ran down to Kragen and they had champion generators there, and for cheaper than what cabela's would have cost. But I'll have to look at the sizes they have again, cuz I just was really looking at the 5,000 W one, cuz its going for $400.


Anything's cheaper than Cabela's-that place is a boutique, not a sporting goods store.:thumbsup:

  • SoCalrider21

Posted September 24, 2007 - 05:51 PM

#15

Yeah. And then there isn't even a cabela's in cali. But I can get the 3500 one for $299, which sounds like a hell of a good price to me.

  • 2PLY

Posted September 24, 2007 - 10:15 PM

#16

For overall flexibility and options, the double EU2000 Honda is a great idea. I own a EU1000i and a EU2000i Honda Generator. If I ever needed any more power, I'd do the double 2000.... AND much easier to move!

  • TDW

Posted September 25, 2007 - 07:35 AM

#17

I want to get a gen set for our 24' travel trailer and looks like a 4000 watt unit would be about right. I can see that two honda 2000 Watters would be handy but spendy, cant believe how much cheaper a champion generator is, granted not as many features as the honda's-but wondering about the quality of the champions. Wow huge price difference!

  • damone

Posted September 25, 2007 - 10:05 AM

#18

I want to get a gen set for our 24' travel trailer and looks like a 4000 watt unit would be about right. I can see that two honda 2000 Watters would be handy but spendy, cant believe how much cheaper a champion generator is, granted not as many features as the honda's-but wondering about the quality of the champions. Wow huge price difference!



Although the EU and EB (yami) series gennies are expensive, itr is worth it. Try and have a conversation sitting next to that champion. My camp neighbors love me and I dont have to build a box or bring a long extension so I can leave my genny in the bush several yards from the trailor.

Did I mention they are quiet.:thumbsup:

  • Britincali

Posted September 26, 2007 - 08:31 AM

#19

Yeah. And then there isn't even a cabela's in cali. But I can get the 3500 one for $299, which sounds like a hell of a good price to me.




:thumbsup:


I only posted the cabelas link because that was the first google found with a pic. $299 is a good price for a genset that will run everything and last for years.

  • Britincali

Posted September 26, 2007 - 08:31 AM

#20

Although the EU and EB (yami) series gennies are expensive, itr is worth it. Try and have a conversation sitting next to that champion. My camp neighbors love me and I dont have to build a box or bring a long extension so I can leave my genny in the bush several yards from the trailor.

Did I mention they are quiet.:thumbsup:



They aint much quieter than a champion when loaded.




 
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