Generator Question

Discussion in 'Towables' started by kbart, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. kbart

    kbart New Member

    I am looking at purchasing this generator. I will be using it to run the a/c, television, and lights. I am not sure how many btu's the a/c is, all I know is that it is a duo/therm brisk air by dometic. This ad claims that this is an rv generator. Do you think that it will be efficient enough for what I will be asking it to do. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Gentron 3500 watt generator PRO SERIES - RV Model Pro 3500RV
    3500 watt Gas-Powered Portable Generator

    Retail Price Your Price Qty
    $599.00 $449.00

    Detailed Description

    3500 watt generator with electric start

    RV Model



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    Easy start. Electric key start WITH battery
    Charge your batteries with a DC outlet
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    3500 watt peek surge output
    3000 watt continuous rated output
    6.5HP, 196cc, Air Cooled, OHV, 4 stroke engine (horizontal shaft)
    Electric key start with battery
    Backup pull-start mechanism
    Heavy-duty steel frame with fully isolated motor mounts for quietness
    Long 11-Hour Run Time at half output.
    Low oil shutoff system
    All steel 3.96 galon Fuel tank
    Low noise rating: 68 dBA
    2 standard outlets. Fully protected 110V/60Hz power outlets. NEMA5-20R
    1 RV-specific. 110v / 30amp outlet

    Max Current 30Amp
    Light weight: 110 lbs
    Dimension: 23"x17"x18"
    Other Features:

    Super quiet muffler reduces engine noise.
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    Engine: J.D.
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  2. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

    RE: Generator Question

    Hey kbart, welcome to the forum. Sounds too good to be true. I would opt for 2 Honda EU2000iA generators wired in parallel. Seems to be one of the better ways to go. However, the price tag is $2000.
    I have an Onon 4000 generator in my 5'er that was an option at $4000 12 years ago. It works great; however with moden technolgy, the Hondas are probably quieter, smaller and do the job just as well. Besides if you only need to run a tv and lights you only need to run one of them. Saves fuel.
    Bottom Line: The generator in the add will probaby work marginally well, for however long it lasts. Remember there is no free lunch. You usally get what you pay for.
  3. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Re: Generator Question

    Sounds like several 'deals' that I ran across not too long ago. What my 'deals' were doing is collecting orders (preorder) for a bulk purchase. There wasn't any shipment arriving soon; they hadn't even ordered them.

    I also heard from a friend about one 'deal' he ran across that involved a person that ordered a speculative order of generators timed to arrive right after a hurricane hit land. Only thing is the hurricane didn't land! So he was desparate to get money from anyone. Can you say OVERSOLD?!

    If it sounds too good ...
  4. kbart

    kbart New Member

    RE: Generator Question

    Thanks for the info.
  5. jkahf

    jkahf New Member

    Re: Generator Question

    Hello all,
    I'm from GentronUSA, the makers of the generator you are referring to above. We've tested our units with both 13,500BTU & 15,000BTU a/c, as well as other appliances inside. We also keep regular stock of our units, with parts available in our California facility. Our units are now being pre-installed at some RV factories as well.

    I welcome any technical or general questions. Sorry, but sales request must go thru established dealers or websites only.

  6. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Re: Generator Question

    Jordan, where are your generators imported from? What RPM do they normally run at?
  7. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

    Re: Generator Question

    What kind of warranty do they have and where are your repair facilities located. They sound to good to be true. The low price sounds like a free lunch. My Onon has lasted 12 years and I expect to get a few more years out of it. Will the GentronUSA longivity be as good?
  8. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Generator Question

    DL, this is not a comparison to your Onan. I have been contacted about selling these. I just might do it.

    They are an open frame generator, very quiet, but not Honda or Onan quiet. The price is right for their design.

    They are made in China.

    I need to find out about repair facilities myself before I sell them.

    I have actually talked to another company that seems to have lower priced generators. I personally bought one myself this past weekend. What I got was a 1000 watt, two cycle model. It weights 40 lbs., has a one gallon tank, will run 4.5 hours. My plan is to use it on my sales lot where we can't get to electricity. We can carry it out and plug in a trailer for the lights to work, radio, TV, etc. Just something so the customer can see things working.
    To top it off, I can resell this 1000 watt for $150.00. It will recharge batteries, run furnaces, etc. It measures about 12" x 18" x 12". If anyone is interested, let me know.
    They also have larger units that are not two cycle. They were selling a 6,000 watt for $500.00 at the show.
  9. hertig

    hertig Senior Member

    Re: Generator Question

    4000 watts is optimal for a 30 amp trailer, but 3500 watts can do the job with some care. If your A/C has trouble starting after sitting for a while, you can install an 'easy start' kit to give it a bit more ooomph when you try to kick it over.
  10. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

    Re: Generator Question

    GTS, the GebtronUSA still sounds too good to be true. I guess they would be ok if you didn't need one to run your air conditioner too often. I would be a little worried about a power surge or drop off in power that could seriously damage the air conditioner compressor. But, I guess we will all find out how good they are. Keep us informed on their reliability if you decide to sell them.. Can't knock a gift horse if it turns out to be good. :evil:
  11. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Generator Question

    I will, and I did mean to mention that the 1000 watt I was talking about will not run an AC, but it will keep batteries charged and that would allow you furnace to operate, your lights to work, and refer. going.

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