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pitch

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Lwiddis wrote:

Your first thought was "generator?" Solar is quiet, easy, inexpensive.

"biggest decision regarding generator is how quite do you want yours to be"

Particularly if you camp next to me. My solar system isn't making ANY noise to bother YOU.


Do you run your air conditioner on your solar? How many watts do you have and what was the cost?

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I am looking for a new RV. I already have a Champion 3400 generator. Does it capable to run my electric equipment on my RV?


An excellent choice and will everything in a 30 amp service RV. Combine it with a decent battery bank, and a hybrid load support inverter charger and it would run pretty much everything in a 50 amp service RV.


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My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, soon to have SiO2 batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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pitch wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

Your first thought was "generator?" Solar is quiet, easy, inexpensive.

"biggest decision regarding generator is how quite do you want yours to be"

Particularly if you camp next to me. My solar system isn't making ANY noise to bother YOU.
Do you run your air conditioner on your solar? How many watts do you have and what was the cost?
If I need A/C I am looking for utility power. I would rather sweat it out than run a generator 24/7.


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CharlesinGA wrote:

bid_time wrote:

In my opinion, the best buy for the buck Clicky
YOMV


Great way to Pi$$ off anyone within a quarter mile of you, and you will grow tired of hearing it too. No open frame generators for RV'ers, be a good neighbor, get an inverter unit.

Charles
"Champion 4000-Watt RV Ready DH Series Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology"
You must of been having a bad day and skipped right over that word "inverter"

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ronharmless wrote:

CharlesinGA wrote:

bid_time wrote:

In my opinion, the best buy for the buck Clicky
YOMV


Great way to Pi$$ off anyone within a quarter mile of you, and you will grow tired of hearing it too. No open frame generators for RV'ers, be a good neighbor, get an inverter unit.

Charles
"Champion 4000-Watt RV Ready DH Series Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology"
You must of been having a bad day and skipped right over that word "inverter"


The "inverter" doesn't make the unit quieter. You must have skipped over "open frame".

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time2roll wrote:

pitch wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

Your first thought was "generator?" Solar is quiet, easy, inexpensive.

"biggest decision regarding generator is how quite do you want yours to be"

Particularly if you camp next to me. My solar system isn't making ANY noise to bother YOU.
Do you run your air conditioner on your solar? How many watts do you have and what was the cost?
If I need A/C I am looking for utility power. I would rather sweat it out than run a generator 24/7.


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pitch,

To run a single AC unit without a generator, from solar, it makes sense to go to 24 or even better a 48 volt battery bank.

Here is a list of what would be needed:

DC 48 to dc 12 volt converter

2000 watts of panels

8 100 amp-hour batteries split into two banks (SiO2 if cold) or LI if it is warm)

48 volt to 120 volt ac hybrid inverter/charger with load support.

two 80 amp charge MPPT controllers

A remote start 3400 watt inverter generator for back up.

I'm sure I missed some items.

If I were doing it, I'd keep all the technology from one company such as Victron or Outback. That ought to minimize the problems of "play well together".

I find it odd that the cheapest part is the solar panels.

While it could be done, it would take a heck of a long time for payback.

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pianotuna wrote:

ronharmless wrote:

CharlesinGA wrote:

bid_time wrote:

In my opinion, the best buy for the buck Clicky
YOMV


Great way to Pi$$ off anyone within a quarter mile of you, and you will grow tired of hearing it too. No open frame generators for RV'ers, be a good neighbor, get an inverter unit.

Charles
"Champion 4000-Watt RV Ready DH Series Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology"
You must of been having a bad day and skipped right over that word "inverter"

The "inverter" doesn't make the unit quieter. You must have skipped over "open frame".
I would disagree with that assessment; an inverter does make the inverter generator quieter than a conventional generator (how much quieter can vary significantly depending on load). I'm happy with my generator, for my use it has been a great value, and no one else has ever complained about it.

Now, to be perfectly clear, an enclosure would make my generator even quieter, no dispute from me. But for $20 I could build an enclosure with sound insulation, that could still provide the necessary air flow. But I don't need the enclosure, others may need an enclosure. If they do, they may want to go ahead and throw in the extra cash and go all-in for an enclosed inverter generator. What ever floats their boat, I'm good with what i have.

* This post was edited 01/25/21 12:49pm by ronharmless *

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ronharmless wrote:

and no one else has ever complained about it.
I have been tolerant of many generators and would have enjoyed the camping far more if they did not run all day. Just because there are no direct complaints does not mean all are happy with the noise.

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We have a Yamaha 3000 watt inverter generator and love it. It runs our 15,000 btu air conditioner just fine. We'll turn the AC off when my wife wants to use her 1800w hair dryer, otherwise, it handles everything else just fine. It also has a long runtime on a fill of the gas tank.


Bill J., Lexington, KY
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2015 Ram 2500 Big Horn 6.7 Cummins.

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