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#570062 - 01/16/18 02:03 AM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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My advice-

I'm pretty sure that new Wildcat has a space for an on-board genny? If so, spend the coin and get a propane-fueled genny installed, and never look back. You- and the wife!- simply run the thing from inside, anywhere you want to mount switches, no having to go outside to start & stop it (Unless you want to), no gas cans to fart around with, they're very quiet, they're totally automatic when switching from shore power to genny and back, no having to load/unload the genny from the truck or storage box, no genny taking up valuable truck bed space...
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Looks like the Admiral is going to hang it up in < three months. Then we hit the road to do a lot of RV travel across the nations.
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If this is going to be your retirement thing, don't go portable, you'll NEVER regret the convenience of an on-board. thumb


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#570063 - 01/16/18 11:02 AM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Originally Posted by Parrott_head


my buddy looks down into his beer and comments that urine seems to be a bad choice for engine fuel......


That is funny.


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#570065 - 01/16/18 01:07 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Our model of Wildcat did not offer onboard capability or space.

We may remove the spare tire and bikes off the back of the trailer and install a bumper shelf rated to hold the genset and gear.


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#570078 - 01/21/18 12:35 AM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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You can also look at a Honda EU3000 which does not require you to run two units.

I have a Honda 2000 that I use for our RV. It won't run the AC but it will run everything else. The nice thing about the EU2000 is on lighter loads, it is very efficient and can run all day on a few ounces of fuel.

My old Class-C had a Onan 4000, but it was loud and took a lot of gas to run. I ran the Honda rather than running the Onan most of the time we boondocked. The only time I ran the Onan was if we needed AC as we drove down the road.


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#570081 - 01/21/18 04:22 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Al]  
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Originally Posted by Al
You can also look at a Honda EU3000 which does not require you to run two units.


Nice unit but weighs too much for my wife to load and unload....well, the unloading isn't too much of an issue unless you are parked facing uphill..


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#570104 - 01/24/18 01:14 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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What about a loading crane on your truck to make loading and unloading easier? This one even stores out of the way if you reinforce the bed to support it:

https://www.harborfreight.com/12-ton-capacity-pickup-truck-crane-60732.html



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#570105 - 01/24/18 03:21 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Got love harbor freight!!!

Just keep the generator in the back of the truck & get a longer cord.


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#570109 - 01/24/18 11:54 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: WayWeGo]  
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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
What about a loading crane on your truck to make loading and unloading easier? This one even stores out of the way if you reinforce the bed to support it:

https://www.harborfreight.com/12-ton-capacity-pickup-truck-crane-60732.html


Interesting....had not seen that before.


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#570403 - 03/04/18 09:15 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Well we dropped the coin on the Westinghouse 2500 series. Two 2500 watt gens for a total of 5000 watts with a connecting cord that parallels them. Once they come in I'll do a review of them.


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#570418 - 03/10/18 07:42 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Well they were delivered to my local Home Depot and today I got around to trying them out. They came nicely packaged, with well written and illustrated manuals. The paralleling cord came with its set of instructions as well. Using the quick start document I filled them with the included oil using the funnel they provided. I put about a quart of Sta-Bil treated pure unleaded into each one and they started on the first pull. I let them run a bit then shut them down. I plugged in the paralleling cord and started them in the described method. I plugged my Progressive brand Electrical Management device into the out put and then plugged in a small air compressor for a load. The EMd displayed the same voltage as the units, 125 vac. The air compressor was not much of a load so only one of the units was showing any current. I plugged in a circular saw that has some bearing drag, knowing it would case some load. When I triggered the saw the other unit would then show current output. However when I turned the saw off it would go back to a only the first gen doing anything. This was the gen I had started first so they may be staged. The action of the two units was the same every time I triggered the saw.

Once I was satisfied with the operation I shut them down. One nice thing is that you can easily drain the carbs for storage via a screw with an attached tube. Real nice. Also the gas cap is chained to the unit and there is a very fine mesh strainer inside the neck of the tank the filters the gas.
These are nicely designed units and weigh about 49 pounds. The handles are large and comfortable and the units are balanced well for carrying. They have a floating neutral so my EMd displayed a fault code for open ground, but this can be remedied by an "Edison Plug". The service department did not recommend a separate EMd as these units have that built in and too many EMd on the same circuit can cause issues.


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#570420 - 03/10/18 10:55 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Good information. Going to do an RV test? I imagine the AC is the final confirmation.


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#570428 - 03/11/18 07:27 PM Re: Generator for RV use [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Yes. When we take "Meanderthal" out in the spring we will hook up and then run one then both of the AC units. In normal operation we only run one. Water heater is gas/electric so on the gen set we will use the propane side. It will be interesting to see how much noise we hear inside the trailer. These units seemed pretty quite but then they were not under load.


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