What size generator

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by Bounder Boy, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Bounder Boy

    Bounder Boy New Member

    Friend asked me a question and I don't know the answer, but figured someone on here might.

    How do you figure out what size generator to buy for boondocking with a TT? Most are rated in watts, but is there some kind of conversion or rule of thumb that this number can be converted to how many amps ones various appliances would draw?

    JUST A FOR INSTANCE..... if all my major appliances and tv and lights would add up to say 200 amps then I would need a minimum 3000 watt generator? Or am I looking at it in all the wrong way.

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  2. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

  3. Bounder Boy

    Bounder Boy New Member

    Re: What size generator

    Quick look at that site tells me I would need about a 48,975 watt ! for all the crap we run. HA HA just kidding. Thanks Chelse for the link.
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  4. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: What size generator

    John, think you better just stick to where you have shore power :laugh:
     
  5. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: What size generator

    I think a Honda 3000si will do what you need it to do. I doubt you will be running everything you have at the same time. I have seem them at race tracks and they do a great job running the refrig, and lights and air conditions.But you will have to share it with other high drawing amp appliances such as a coffe poy , microwave. electric frying pan. Thses items draw alot of amps. Good luck
     
  6. krsmitty

    krsmitty Senior Member

  7. Bounder Boy

    Bounder Boy New Member

    Re: What size generator

    Thanks all for the info and links, now at least I can steer my buddy in the right direction and I have learned something in the process also..... Life is Good ! :cool:
     
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: What size generator

    IMO .. go with bigger then u will need ,, that way u have the piece of mind ,, that no matter what ,, u will always have enough genset power ,, plus u never know ,, when u might have to help a friend out ,, and give him some needed power also ,, but agian ,, JMO
     
  9. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: What size generator

    I use a Honda 3000SI. I run my current 30 amp 5th wheel just fine. We just know what we can and get away with. Now if the AC is on, we can't run the Microwave and a hair dryer, but we just cut the AC off for a few minutes.

    With the bigger generator that Rod mentions, you have to consider how to move it or carry it. With a TT, you don't usually have a generator compartment and you will have to carry it in your truck or on a carrier on the back...so size is a consideration. The Honda 3000 is just about all I want to lift and handle.
     
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: What size generator

    well u know me ,, me Ken ,, sorry i was thinking ,, more in the lines of a MH ,, sorry ,, i won't do it agian :eek: :) :)
     

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