Generators

Submitted: Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 20:56
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We are preparing for a three month trip to north WA and have decided to buy a generator for the free camps, due to the dog coming with us Is there a new model(s) coming out in the near future, as there seems to suddenly be a big sale (push) to sell the Honda 2000's. And, is buying a big product like this advisable at the caravan shows?
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:12

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:12
As with most camping gear, choosing a generator is a 'needs based' thing - what will Fido be running ?
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:03

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:03
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Follow Up By: Member - Cathy R - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:21

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:21
Fido? Great name.... probably only an electric ball-thrower!
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:14

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:14
If you are going to run an air conditioner, make sure you size it correctly.
On larger vans the 2kva gensets often won’t do the job.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cathy R - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:23

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:23
Good stuff. Small van. Small AC. 2000kva still good. But, why so cheap at the moment? Are they running out old stock, in prep for newer, upgraded machines?
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:42

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 22:42
Yes small aircond ok on 2kva - Yamaha and Honda have high prices but they have a good track record.
Have heard some horror stories about cheap Chinese brands – but they aren’t all in the same boat and there may be some good ones out there.
2 stroke non inverter types are the cheapest but are not good value for money - make sure you are comparing the price of these with 4 stroke inverter type.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cathy R - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 00:40

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 00:40
OK. Just was wondering if there was a new model in the future.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 18:36

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 18:36
Cathy
We have a 19' van with an Air Command Cormorant a/c, which is far superior to the Dometic it replaced in terms of reliability, less power required, plus quicker and lower temps achieved in v hot weather.
Our Honda e20i runs this, plus the 25amp charger at the same time, with ease.
Just be aware that the e20i, while having a 2000 watt maximum, is rated at 1600w
Cheers
Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:06

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:06
Solution...leave dog at home with relative. (dogs have a habit of chaseing things in the bush and not comeing back) Save money on generator and the annoyance it causes to all those around you. Invest in some decent batteries and solar panels. Unless your stuck in one place for an awful long time with no sun they will do the job.

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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:21

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:21
You will need an expensive solar panel set up if you want to run an air conditioner of it.
Not that I give two hoots about air-conditioning, but my wife won’t leave home without it.
Happy wife - happy life.
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Follow Up By: Nutta - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:26

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:26
Haven't seen solar panels run aircon yet, what sort of a set up do you have?

Stick with the genny, if people are moaning about these quiet 4 strokers in the middle of summer you'll never win!

Check out the ryobi 4stroke 2kva, half the price with 2 year warranty.

Take fido, he'll enjoy it!!
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 13:16

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 13:16
Nutta,
I would need a truck to carry solar panels big enough to run my airconditioner.
I run mine off a 2.4 Kva Yamaha – 2kv is too small for me.
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Follow Up By: Dingojim - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 14:37

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 14:37
Gee Brenton H happy little chappy aren't you. Sounds like someone knocked off your fingernail polish.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 16:29

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 16:29
Nutta: I never considered, or said, they would be operating A/C with solar panels. If they wish to go bush away from other happy campers who don't wish to hear the generator all night then go for it and enjoy the cool.

DingoJim: A very un-constructive childish comment.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 08:52

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 08:52
CathyR.
Take the dog, forget the aircon, an aircon certainly wont keep undesirables from your camp.
Only once when bush/free camping did we ever have a problem with the abovementioned, but the ole black dog certainly changed their intentions.
With the cooler months coming, an aircon will probably not be required anyway, and yes I have travelled those parts of oz and never felt the need for one.
Save the money.
Cheers.
Tony F8
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Follow Up By: Member - Cathy R - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 23:26

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 23:26
Thanks for the advice - my comment about taking the dog was about the lack of caravan parks in northern WA who accept them! We will appreciate his acute hearing in the bush, I am sure! We are atill deciding about a genie, or an Ark-PAC second battery system. Not too fussed on running the AC...
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:07

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:07
I do a bit of remote off road fishing with friends and tag alongs for up to a week at a time. 100amph battery and a 120w solar panel is enough for my needs in 40 degree heat (60L waeco and 2 x 2m LED strips) mainly because I'm swagging and the wife does not come on these trips. Everyone I have run into out in the sticks runs a 4 stroke honda 2000, they are reliable, quiet compared to others and roomer has it that they have better fuel efficiency. If you can pick a new one up cheap I'd grab it regardless of who is selling it, provided it still comes with warranty.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:10

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:10
and provided its a genuine honda 2000.
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Reply By: Slow one - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 17:39

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 17:39
Cathy R,
it doesn't matter even if it is a run out model. The Eu2.0 Honda is a well proven product and the cheaper you can pick it up the better.

I have one and use it for the van and back up power at home after tropical storms. In fact it will be coming out of the shed shortly as we look like getting a blow. Easy to carry and light on fuel.

I don't believe there is anything between the Yammy and the Honda, both good units and parts are available everywhere.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 20:54

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 20:54
Cathy...Apart from charging batteries if you have a few days of cloud weather...whats the purpose of the generator..?

We travel with a dog, have good solar/battery capability, and have a 1kva generator if I suffer 3-4 days of crap weather. Everything in my van and car runs 12volt.

If I am free camping/travelling, the air conditioner is out of the equation, might as well stay at home.
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