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Postby lorichevy8 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:23 pm

Howdi, can anyone give some advice an a generator for our camper trailer.
don't want to spend a million $$$ but would like a good quality geny to run 1,2 or even 3
small appliances,
is 3Kva enough !!

There's lot's on Ebay, but!!!! would like to hear from anyone who has one.

thanks.

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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby ben... » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:31 pm

cant go past the honda eu series, will last a lifetime if you treat them right.
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:43 pm

lorichevy8 wrote:Howdi, can anyone give some advice an a generator for our camper trailer.
don't want to spend a million $$$ but would like a good quality geny to run 1,2 or even 3
small appliances,
is 3Kva enough !!

There's lot's on Ebay, but!!!! would like to hear from anyone who has one.

thanks.

Dave
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3KVA!!

Depending on what appliances you want to run a Honda 1 or even 2KVA should do the trick. They use 3KVA genies to run the air cons on large caravans.

A Honda 3KVA will also be quite large in physical size as well and also weighty
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby TBF » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:11 pm

You need to work out how many Watts each appliance is...
Then which ones you are likely to be running at the same time.
What is the max total watts required at any time..
Then you'll know how many Kva you require.

1Kva = 1000 watts.

Simply a matter of maths.

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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby Redback » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:31 am

Convert to 12 Volt and you won't need a generator.






























Aaaah the serenity, turn the gennie on and make us a cuppa willya darls :twisted:
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby markannab » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:54 am

We borrowed a 1kva Honda and loved it but didn't want to spend $1500+. So we bought a Kaito 1kva off eBay. Like everyone, we knew there was a risk with quality. But after two trips, we are so far extremely happy - easy starting, quiet . . . And under $300.

However, anyone notice they don't like electric hair straighteners?! What are they doing on a campsite? :roll: Not my fault! But their element must rapidly cut in and out. When the generator is in it's idle mode, it doesn't know which way it's going & the revs are all over the place.
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby Pauly » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:12 am

been camping since I was a kid and cant think of why I would want a generator. I work with machinery all day and go camping to get away from the noise, as you can guess I dont like gennies :roll:

What sort of appliances are people taking away that you need a gennie?

I thought camping was getting back to nature :***.

I pulled up at site in a forrest last year and there was a Kimberly Kamper, 4 solar panels a gennie and satalite dish, guess thats roughing it lol


Seriously though whatever you buy consider others around you, the noise travels along way. As redback said look into 12 volt stuff, theres plenty of low volt appliances available now and lots of places are banning generators.

Ps tell your misses hair straightners are damaging her hair for later life :?#
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby Teabag » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:33 pm

Pauly wrote:been camping since I was a kid and cant think of why I would want a generator. I work with machinery all day and go camping to get away from the noise, as you can guess I dont like gennies :roll:

What sort of appliances are people taking away that you need a gennie?

I thought camping was getting back to nature :***.

I pulled up at site in a forrest last year and there was a Kimberly Kamper, 4 solar panels a gennie and satalite dish, guess thats roughing it lol


Seriously though whatever you buy consider others around you, the noise travels along way. As redback said look into 12 volt stuff, theres plenty of low volt appliances available now and lots of places are banning generators.

Ps tell your misses hair straightners are damaging her hair for later life :?#


I agree. I have been there done that with Gennies (1Kva Honda) and never again, I have seen the light and changed to Solar. IMO Solar is a far, far better option, plus I don't have to carry any of that Petrol rubbish as the car is diesel......The big plus is the serenity, I don't go to the bush to here a gennie running all day and most the night.............
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby Pauly » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:04 pm

markannab wrote:We carry a 1kv generator. My wife sometimes takes a rice cooker because we often have rice as the basis for many of our meals. We also use it to recharge batteries on the cameras, laptop and rechargable lantern.


Come on youse have got to be honest, no mention of a hair straightener there :lol:
Its alright I know people who cant camp without hair dryer or straightener also
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby markannab » Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:16 am

Pauly, it wasn't my wife that wanted the hair straightener! A couple of girls in their 20's turned up with it. But then they wanted to straighten a young blokes hair as a joke which he submitted to. Then I learnt my brother-in-law regularly uses one so he can achieve his sticky-out hair-do! I don't know, what's happend to "blokes"?
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby Redback » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:50 am

On the weekend some people near us had a gennie, they weren't to bad really, as they covered it to sound proof it, of coarse it only worked a bit to tame the noise, but they were sitting around a fire at night toasting their bread in a 240v toaster ::() ::() :$

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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby ben... » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:50 am

Redback wrote:On the weekend some people near us had a gennie, they weren't to bad really, as they covered it to sound proof it, of coarse it only worked a bit to tame the noise, but they were sitting around a fire at night toasting their bread in a 240v toaster ::() ::() :$

Generators are annoying


WTF!! :$ why oh why....
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby xmasbaby67 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:31 am

I cant stand generators either.... that constant drone day and night is extremely annoying.

There's nothing better than sitting around the campfire with the other half :cheers with the kids toasting marshmallows having a great old chat. :+

We find that is what we love the most, as there is no TV, PS2, computer etc to distract the kids. We sit up till the wee hours chatting and first thing in the morning the kids are up getting the campfire going again for brekky, sitting in their PJs watching the fire while waking up :grin: :grin: :lol:

....aaaahhhh I love the peace & quiet, it is the reason we bush camp. ::)
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby snake_dr » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:28 am

we've borrowed my dad's honda 1kva generator while we camp with young kids

its so much easier to look after kids with a microwave

but when we run the genny its only for very short times while we're specifically doing something for the kids and i dont think anyone would mind if you used it considerately

definitely dont buy a cheap genny from bunnings etc, they are noisy as hell and you'll end up getting yelled at
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Re: Generator for camper trailer.

Postby YouAndI » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:53 pm

We run everything off batteries, here is what we use for power.

2 - Optima Deep Cell Batteries
2 - Small Solar Panels On Tripod
1 - Yamaha EF1000iS (1,000 Watt) Generator

We only run the generator when needed, to top off the batteries. The only problem with solar panels, when camping in the National Forest areas were we camp, the forest canopy is so dense that you don't get a lot of direct sun light even on the best of days.
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