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jodeb720

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Posted: 07/04/20 10:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy all -

Some friends of mine here in denver are borrowing their parents 5er.

As with all novices, they are just starting out - and looking at a generator, and trying to do it on the cheap.

They were looking at an open frame generator - and I've been a good RV friend, and told them that if they got one, I wouldn't be next to them!

They started to look at Honda and Yamaha, and they are out of their price range. I know that many of us have Champions - but again, that seems to be out of their price range. They are now looking at the Firman W02981 from Costco.

Does anybody have any history with this brand and in particular this model? At least buying from Costco - if it goes south, they can return it - but in a perfect world, it's a decent brand.

Any thoughts or history would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted: 07/04/20 10:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

These posts have Firman in them.

As novices they're starting out by dry camping?

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Very good genny, have had one for aboot a year and half. Slight use, solar has been great, but runs AC when necc, and actually pretty quiet. I would say a bit less noise than our 2K Champion when running under a load. Good buy!! Firman has been very helpful with questions (no problems!!) and will send high altitude jet kits if requested.


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First question they need to answer for themselves is what do they expect to run with the generator?

It's only going to be in the low 80's during the day and 60's at night for the next week in Los Angeles. If they really want to run the AC I would suggest a hookup campground which would be cheaper than the cost of a generator.


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If they are considering an open frame generator for RV camping, they need all the help you can provide.


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@OpenSpaces,

We had this talk. I explained what they can - and can't run with a generator. Right now, it's just AC - and they are going camping in lower elevations (not CA) - which is where they need the AC.

If possible, they'll find full hookups, but for some of the places they've talked about going, they are looking for some AC

@TUCQUALA - thanks for the feedback - that's what I was looking for. It's at a price point that makes financial sense - and gives them something they can't get with a 2000watt unit.

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Posted: 07/04/20 12:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very few campers ever run air with a generator, although many talk about it.

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Posted: 07/04/20 01:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2oldman wrote:

Very few campers ever run air with a generator, although many talk about it.


An interesting statement. I wonder on what facts you base this statement.

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

2oldman wrote:

Very few campers ever run air with a generator, although many talk about it.
An interesting statement. I wonder on what facts you base this statement.
Years of dry camping in hot weather. I'm usually the only one running air.

I'm talking about portable gens, not Class A's et al, although it's not real common with them either. Takes a lot of gas and you have to be near a supply of gas, and/or carry a lot of gas.

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I ran a generator 24/7 for three months. A Yamaha 5500. Even on 15 cent gallon diesel it was costly because of 90 mile runs to get 200 gallons of fuel. Constant A/C is no trivial matter. I was diving the Chinchorro reef near Belice.

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