We purchased a Champion generator from Tractor Supply Company (TSC item #46514). The 3500w (4000w peak), $299.99 plus tax. Put oil and gas in it and gave it two pulls and it was running, sitting on the ground behind the 18' trailer. I walked around to the front of the trailer and couldn't hear the gen running. Let it warm up and plugged in the RV. Turned on the AC and all the lights. Gen didn't even notice.I have been considering purchasing a generator for our camper. I have heard a lot of good things about the Honda's, but they are pretty expensive.
I dont know how many watts would be best either, but I will mostly use it for lights, TV and sometimes the AC.
For the money ($300.00) the Champion 4000/3500w (and others) are very good units. If one is concerned about voltage fluctuations use a UL1449, CSA-listed, plug-in surge suppressor on the outlet feeding your sensitive equipment. The Champion TSC #46514 (and some other brands/models) provides 110v/30a and 220v outlets. Quiet, 96#, 12 hrs on a tank of gas, dependability and good customer support. Spending more money and buying on marketing hype doesn't necessarily get one a better product. Northern Tools, Harbor Freight and TSC gensets have attractive unit performance and prices.I bought a Gentron about 5 yrs ago. It's about the same as the Champion, price, wattage and plugs. Noise about 68 decibels.
My campgound shuts the electric of the middle of Nov. The electric company makes them pay for all the drops, even though there is no one using the electric. It saves the campground some money. I bought the generator so my wife and I can go up later on in the winter and enjoy the piece and quite, just us and the animals.
It runs quite enough not to bother us and keeps the batteries charged up. Knock on wood we have had no issues, but we don't have a computer or a flat screen tv (maybe in the future). Our vcr has bit the bullet, but I expect that to be just a vcr issue.
Thanks for the heads up on clean electric. I didn't realize there was such a thing. If the Gentron gves up on me I will look around some more. The sinwave, is that on the paper work that came with the generator?
We don't use the generator that much to go out and spend a lot on one, but if other stuff starts breaking it might be worth it to get one.
We just returned from an eight day dry camping trip. The Champion generator worked like a champ. I tested it by running it 48 hours non-stop except for refueling and oil check (better to test now than in the desert). Had the AC, refer, lights, TV and computer all running at the same time a couple nights. No problems at all. It ran 12 to 14 hours on a full tank. Nice to have quiet power for a change.For the money ($300.00) the Champion 4000/3500w (and others) are very good units. If one is concerned about voltage fluctuations use a UL1449, CSA-listed, plug-in surge suppressor on the outlet feeding your sensitive equipment. The Champion TSC #46514 (and some other brands/models) provides 110v/30a and 220v outlets. Quiet, 96#, 12 hrs on a tank of gas, dependability and good customer support. Spending more money and buying on marketing hype doesn't necessarily get one a better product. Northern Tools, Harbor Freight and TSC gensets have attractive unit performance and prices.
Twice that Cindy said.A generator also called power generator/electric generator can be quite useful when a regular power supply fails or in places where commercially-generated power is not available.
Generator can be divided into various types, such as open type(openset), silent type, portable type, trailer type, silent type, soundproof type, container type and so on.
For home use, I suggest you to consider buying silent generator, 20 -30KW is enough. If you want to purchase a soundproof diesel generator or gasoline generator, you can consider these brands, Honda, Cummins, Volvo, Perkins, Deutz, etc.
If you want to look for a reliable brand generator and mid-price, Cummins generator is a good choice. Otherwise, Deutz is reliable brand with good price and mid-price.
Hope it is helpful to you.
Well, I can't agree with you here, as I once bought Pulsar gen, which I had to return as it stopped function properly in a few days and made much noise, plus it is not power full enough for larger RVs. As I also run a small mobile cafe, I looked for smth universal that can be usedfor business and camping. So, I ended up buying one og these food truck generators - Honda 7000W and it's perfectly quiet and powerfull enough for all my needs. And yes it's more expensive than Pulsar but it's worth itSeveral of the guys I camp with have RV generators. Pulsar seems to have better power output per watt than your average generator. I guess what I should say is a 4000-watt Pulsar will run a camper better than a 4000 watt Walmart, Briggs, etc. Like any small engine, they need good clean gas. Seafoam every tank will help with this. They are much quieter than the Briggs motor. Most campers take at least 30 amps. the newer bigger one takes 50 amps. Make sure it is wired to handle that load. A "micro-quiet" Pulsar is a nice very quiet small unit. They are much more efficient on gas. .5 to 1 gallon an hour depending on how hard you are working it. I assume since your RV is generator ready and it has a spot to install onboard. Make sure it is well ventilated to keep it from burning up. Amazon is where the guys I know have got them. Mostly out of wrecked or retired motor homes.