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Postby knoath » Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:08 pm

G'Day all, can anyone tell me what sort of generator I should look at getting?
We would need it for lighting (flouros I suppose), radio, TV (dare I say it, for the games consoles for kids on longer trips)...

What's a good price and is it worth buying second hand?

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Re: Generators

Postby ben... » Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:07 pm

IMO you have 3 choices, Honda, Honda, Honda EU series. 1KV or 2KV if you have the extra $$. I have a 2kV worth its weight.
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Re: Generators

Postby Cheiffy » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:08 pm

ben... wrote:IMO you have 3 choices, Honda, Honda, Honda EU series.


Sorry Ben, You didn't get them all. Honda make a pretty good generator also. Our 1KV as performed well and we have never had any hassles.
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Re: Generators

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:42 pm

I agree....Honda is the one.

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Re: Generators

Postby Mandrake » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:27 pm

Or Solar - maybe ? Quiet , efficient able to go where generators cannot go ...
hmmmmm ?

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Re: Generators

Postby Tanks1966 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:52 pm

Well if you go on many trips then yeah, Honda 100%, but $1200 dollars is alot for me when I only go camping for 2-3 times a year for about 4-5 days per trip. I go with a few families each time and one of them has a GMC $100 second hand gennie, its loud but we are always away from people and run a long 45 meter 15 amp lead to a street ight. Yes a street light. it liiuminates the whole campsite (4 tents). We also charge up the kids DS, phones and portable DVD players (kids again). It works well for our needs and it only runs no more than 3 - 4 hours a night.
So it depends on you length of trip and how many times you go and also what you wanna run.
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Re: Generators

Postby ben... » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:24 pm

i wouldnt be running my tv games console or laptop off one of those cheap gensets, you get what you pay for and the honda will last you 10x over.
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Re: Generators

Postby Titch » Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:04 am

If there is a few of you to share, maybe hire one.
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Re: Generators

Postby knoath » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:50 am

Now there's a few words of wisdom!!! :+
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Re: Generators

Postby TBF » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:16 pm

I have an ENGEL 1kva
Paid $799 for it..True! It was new.
Has performed very well and is almost as quiet as a Honda.

Will need to upgrade tp a minimum 2kva when we swap to a caravan with AC on the roof.

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Re: Generators

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:50 am

TBF wrote:
Will need to upgrade tp a minimum 2kva when we swap to a caravan with AC on the roof.

Aart


Aart, I have friend who has a 2 kva gennie (not an Engel or Honda) and whilst it runs the A/C on their van, it struggles and certainly won't run anything else at the same time.

He was told that the gen would have no trouble running the A/C at purchase so my recommendation would be to get proof that it does the job before purchasing the 2 kva.

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Re: Generators

Postby Titch » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:36 am

TBF wrote:I have an ENGEL 1kva
Paid $799 for it..True! It was new.
Has performed very well and is almost as quiet as a Honda.

Will need to upgrade tp a minimum 2kva when we swap to a caravan with AC on the roof.

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Off topic a bit, but consider fitting a good named slit system inverter type air conditioner.
Quieter by heaps, efficient and use less power.
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Re: Generators

Postby Smileandhug » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:26 pm

Well when i need 240V I take my 3KW Honda generator with me. Cant beat em n quiet for there size. Cost ya 3 grand or more tho.But its designed to last a life time, so why buy something cheaper n not run what ya want and cheaper ones cost more to run n you go thru more of em in ya life time.So buy once and it last forever if ya buy quality. Runs everything and its as quite as a lamb.
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Re: Generators

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:32 pm

Smileandhug wrote:I take my 3KW Honda generator with me.Cost ya 3 grand or more tho.


Gosh JG, you got a 3KVA Honda for 3 grand.....you did extremely well
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Re: Generators

Postby Smileandhug » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:10 pm

Yeah called having a contact in the auction business. Yeak retail the same one now for $4200. Yeah done real well.
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