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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Recreational Vehicle Generators and Options

Some recreational vehicles do not come with portable generators. This is because the recreational vehicle manufacturer wants to save money and offer a lower price. Many fifth wheel trailers do not have generators on them. If you own a fifth wheel trailer recreational vehicle then perhaps you will want to buy a quiet generator. There are many good manufactures of quite generators such as Honda, Onan and Coleman.

The question is which is the very best generator for you? Well first you must decide how much energy you will need to generate. If you're going to be in hotter climates you'll need a generator that can run an air-conditioning unit and that means you'll need more power and perhaps up to 15 amps just to run the air. If you have a microwave, run a laptop computer and a television then chances are you'll need another 20 amps or 35 amps total.

A 35 amp generator is a rather large generator, as well as expensive and if you can get by with less then perhaps you might look at other options. This means you will not be able to run everything in your recreational vehicle at the same time, but you will be able to run all the different items individually.

If you can get by with a 2000 W Honda 98 CC generator then you can pick one up for about $1000 or used for about $250 on eBay. They weigh about 50 pounds and are they are perfect for a fifth wheel trailer. A 3000 W Honda generator with 196 cc or 6.5 hp will run you nearly $1800, but they are very good generators.

The Onan generators are comparable in cost for the amount of output in energy. Coleman makes an 1850 W sport generator that puts out 15 amps and only costs about $500, but it is a little bit more noisy and you may not like it, although people who own them say they work fine. Please consider all this in 2006.

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