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Old 08-30-2015, 09:02 AM   #1
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Electric and a generator!

So hi everyone, I'm new here and am having some serious issues with the thought of electric. I've read some of your post on electric and have no idea what any of that means, I might just get a professional, Anyways I just have a couple questions.
What I'll be running
Water pump
Water heater
Waste tank (I don't know if that needs to run)
Mini stove oven (once a day 1-2 hours)
Mini college refrigerator (all day everyday)
Sewing machine (everyday for about 4-6 hours)
Cell phone charger (twice a day)
Lights(only at night for about 2 hours)
Ok I think that's it tell me if I'm missing something please.

The questions
1. Can I get a generator? If so what kind would be best? Does the generator run off of something like batteries?
2. What does it mean to run off your batteries? And why do I need multiple ones?
3. Is the appliances that I'm running taking to much electricity?
4. With the appliances given what is the best solution? Should I just get a electrician that knows his stuff? Is there a specific(meaning RV specific) electrician or would any do?
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:02 AM   #2
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Welcome --- all your questions are related and can take off in a lot of directions. I would suggest reading up on some basics to give you a handle on narrowing down the different issues. Check out the link below, it's not overly technical but does a pretty good job of spelling out most of the more fundamental considerations.

RV Electrical: All the Basics You Need To Know!
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Old 08-30-2015, 02:33 PM   #3
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Thank you so much.
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:34 PM   #4
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Yes! Thank you!
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:31 AM   #5
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Yes! Thank you!
Haha I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't understand the electric jargon or just electric in general.!!
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:52 AM   #6
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look into a honda inverter generator. very quiet and fuel miser too. yes on getting an electrician, but not for rv, you need a residential electrician. i wired my bus in simple fashion for boondocking, generator, or plugging into power source. solar will run everything but air conditioning/electric heater. multi batteries are needed for their electrical capacity in time needed. more power for longer duration equals more batteries.

if you are planning to stay in parks, just wire it like a house (with professional advice) and save money.

tell us your plans on camping/living/travelling in your bus.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:54 AM   #7
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I bought a Hyundai 2,000 watt generator from ebay for less that half of the price for Honda or Yamaha generators. Same basic suitcase design. I've had it for two years and think its an excellent buy. It is alittle louder than the Honda/Yamaha but it really isn't too loud at all.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:10 AM   #8
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If I could get my hands on one, a trailer-mounted MEP-803 10kW generator with quiet kit
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If I could get my hands on one, a trailer-mounted MEP-803 10kW generator with quiet kit
I had a MEP 016a. The only quiet kit for that was a 50' hole....filled with sand!!
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I had a MEP 016a. The only quiet kit for that was a 50' hole....filled with sand!!
The 800 series MEPs are already pretty quiet. The Gov't has learned noisy generators bring bad guys.
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