Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
dragoonc5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 2
small 5th wheel with built in generators

Trying to decide if I should add a generator to the rear of my 25foot 5th wheel, or look to upgrade to a built in generator , but I want to stay small. Anyone have experience with this quest? Make/models would help get started.

[/b]
__________________

dragoonc5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 08:26 AM   #2
billr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 857
With the limited storage space in that size 5th wheel, stay away from built in gennys. They are also high in cost. Had one yrs ago and will not have another. They can be troublesome and have to be removed to work on normally.

Best bet is a Honda or Yamaha. Build a rack on the rear and lock it on there. A lot of folks do this and works very well. One 2000 eu Honda will do all you need unless you want AC, then you need two. This also gives you options with two, run one or two as needed and if there s an issue with one you have the other. But the Hondas have basically zero issues.

Bill
__________________

__________________
Bill and Joan
4 Collie pups
05 M/S 38RL3 #2046
01 Volvo VNL770
05 Smart Passion Loaded piggyback
https://picasaweb.google.com/billandjoan
Weigh-It Portable RV Scales
https://www.weighitrv.com
billr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
Motor31
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 2,130
I wouldn't bother installing a small gen set. Buy a Honda or Yamaha as already mentioned. Store it in the basement until needed. Then just dump some gas in it and go. A single unit, even a little Honda 1000 is enough to run the 110 volt stuff in the trailer for TV and computer as well as charge the batteries. A Honda 2000 will run everything including the microwave but not the AC unit. A pair of 2000's or Yamaha equivalent will run all and a single AC unit.

Leaving the gen set out exposed on the rear platform just exposes it to the elements and potential thieves in the area. If you need it, pull it out and chain it to the jack stand of the rig. Put it away when not used. Been doing that for almost 10 years now. I diod have oe rig with a built in gen set. It was hard to start, loud, used a ton of propane and rarely ran well. Never once used it dry camping but the Honda 2000 gets used each year. Total maintenance cost so far in over 9 years is just the single quart of oil annually that I change myself. I did have to clean and gap the plug, once so far.
__________________
Mike Nancy and the fuzzies
Fulltiming since June 2004
Volvo 660 MH tow vehicle
2005 MS 38RL
2007 Saturn Ion "toad"
2010 Gold Wing "piggyback"
Motor31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×