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  • Bonnie3
    Bonnie3Boondockers:
    January 27I just got a Coleman Lite camper...it’s a 30 amp . I would like to boondocks, but need to get a generator to run a:c, tv etc...need advice on what size? Yea I’m new!!!
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      Kay and Russ Wallace January 27 A 3500 watt generator will run it like it is plugged into shore power.
    • Bonnie3
      MRJohnston January 27 2000 watt, for all intents and purposes will run everything except air conditioner (and it can be made to do that).  Weight about 50 pounds.    3500 watt will run everything but you would still have to watch your power usage so you didn’t flip break...  more
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        Bonnie3 January 28 The weight is what I’ve been watching for... I’m an old female veteran, seriously doubt I could lift 50 lbs now....what about solar power? Any experience with that?
      • Bonnie3
        MRJohnston January 28 Bonnie3, adding to what John said below:  solar power isn’t much more than a high tech battery charger.  You can’t run much, if anything, directly from solar.  I always recommend at least 1 ½ to 2 times solar watts to battery amps to accommodate for faste...  more
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      Nomady11 January 28 Good morning!    I don't have enough experience to suggest what size you need.  However, I wanted to share that I ordered a 3000K Inverter generator from  eBay (for less than $500) and I love the darn thing.    It is very quiet; much quieter than I'd anti...  more
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      John T January 28 Bonnie, note that when you say you want to "run ac" that's a HUGE difference if you needed to run "all except an AC"),let me explain the difference: 1) To run an AC you likely need a 3000 or more Watt Genset. 2) ...  more
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      • Bonnie3
        Bonnie3 January 28 Thanks so much! Will continue research gens....lot of info to digest! lol
    • Bonnie3
      w1kgz January 28 i have been using Honda eu2000 it is very quiet i  do not use ac ( use fantastic fan and block sun with shade)  if i need microwave or toaster i run them alone. be shure to lock the Honda they will walk away (stolen) when not in use for a few months run t...  more
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      The Gypsy Witch January 28 I'm jealous! I'm dying for a Coleman Lite!
    • Bonnie3
      John T January 28 Bonnie, to your latest question: "what about solar power? Any experience with that?" Solar can help charge your house batteries in sunlight conditions, but unless you have a fairly high power system plus adequate ...  more
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        peterjw January 30 we regularly run toaster, microwave, charge 3 laptops, phones and watch maybe 3hrs tv a day.. we have 400w solar and 450Ah battery.
    • Bonnie3
      Roamin January 28 Hi Bonnie, I purchased a 2000 watt Honda generator to run all but the AC. They are super quiet. You can also purchase a second one of these to piggy back and that will allow you to run the AC as well. One consideration in choosing this configuration...  more
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        LeenShe January 28 I'm with Roamin on this... What is said is spot on......
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      Jim & Sharon Ham January 28 The Honda Inverter generators have become the "Gold Standard" for RV use because they are quiet, dependable, and available everywhere.  They are pricey.  For AC, you can buy two and the special cable kit to tie them together.  Or you can buy the larger, m...  more
    • Bonnie3
      Michael & Mary Wallace January 28 You will need an RV generator of at least 4000/4800 and there is a Youtube on making it quieter!
    • Bonnie3
      Glen & Margie January 28 Champion has great inverter/generators for half of a Honda, my Champion 3100 runs my 15K AC and residential frig. 6 yrs old and still starts first or second pull
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        peterjw January 30 Same here, i love my champion, but please, in case I camp near you, look into solar.
    • Bonnie3
      Dreamers and Travelers/ Tom & Prescott January 28 Two 2k Honda gens will provide more power than one 3k. We usually only run one unless we want ac.
      Our solar sys upgrade has been nice for boondocking BUT we've experienced lots of cloudy days so gens rechage our batteries in a couple of hours. Much quieter!
    • Bonnie3
      John T January 29   Yo Bonnie, While I do not take sides or suggest any particular brands of gensets, if you search You Tube there are a ton of experiences and reviews for a bunch of brands, take your pick. While sure Honda are good and have a good reputation and get a lot...  more
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      • Bonnie3
        Bonnie3 January 31 Wow a lot of information to try to digest but I’ve still got a couple months to get everything going and ready to hit the road thank you very much for your info
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      Tom and Sandy Raynor January 29 Bonnie, we have a 24 ft to, I have a Predator 3500 bought at Harbor Freight at a good price. Quiet, fuel efficient and does the job. Runs my ac and everything else. I’m a happy camper.
    • Bonnie3
      Towed Haul January 31 The best bang for the buck is this one: https://www.harborfreight.com/3500-Watt-Super-Quiet-Inverter-Generator-63584.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiMzg2MjQ5MzAiLCJza3UiOiI2MzU4NCIsImlzIjoiNzY5Ljk5IiwicHJvZHVjdF9p%0D%0AZCI6IjEyMTcyIn0%3D%0D%0A as it's quiet, powe...  more
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