What size generator would you suggest?

Discussion in 'InsideTopAlcohol.com Tech Questions' started by Soldierboy0098, May 20, 2019.

  1. Soldierboy0098

    Soldierboy0098 Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2006
    Messages:
    1,248
    Likes Received:
    14
    Looking at running a 47 ft trailer. The first 13 ft is a separated living area and has a roof mount AC above it, trailer is a black "92" Gold rush. I will be running the A/C and may just run a curtain across behind the trailer wheel wells to cool the rest of the trailer. Mini fridge, shower with water heater, lap top, lights, Air compressor, water pump, would like the ability to run a small portable tig welder if needed. All of this stuff will probably not be running at the same time but a/c and fridge will probably be on full time.

    I have a 5k startup 4k run deal but am thinking 6,500-7,500 will be needed.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Trevor Sherwood
     
    #1
  2. Mike Canter

    Mike Canter Top Dragster
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2004
    Messages:
    4,425
    Likes Received:
    134
    If the AC is on and the compressor kicks on then that is a large load. I think you would be happier with. 7500. The 6500 would probably work but I would go with the bigger one.
     
    #2
  3. jay70cuda

    jay70cuda Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,040
    Likes Received:
    20
    I have a yahama 6500 eu , it sucks! My Honda was twice the generator this is. The only thing good about it is doesn’t use fuel. Like 5 gallons will last almost 2 full days of running but the circuit board is broken up funny. So the 30 amp large twist lock cannot run the whole trailer. With the air compressor hooked up inside the trailer. I have to use a cord to the 110 side of the compressor along with the twist lock to not blow breaker on generator. My old 5000 Honda didn’t have any issues at all even with a 110 ac unit to coil the clutch off.
     
    #3
  4. Randy G.

    Randy G. Top Alcohol

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Messages:
    1,899
    Likes Received:
    34
    I had a 15K in my T&E. If I were buying a generator and expected to run what you've listed I wouldn't go under 7.5K. 10K preferably. Sometimes Ebay has good prices on Onan Cumming diesel generators with an acceptable amount of hours on them taken from wrecked motorhomes.

    For example:

    7.5K, 524 hours on it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/onan-diese...780694?hash=item5d8b491396:g:5G0AAOSwx85c3rhH

    This one is a deal:

    10K, 229 hours. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Onan-10KW-...529120?hash=item23bcfca460:g:jbsAAOSwsldc4Lxj
     
    #4
  5. nikkammerer

    nikkammerer New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2017
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    3
    I would recommend at least a 10K with your items, particularly the A/C and welder. Depending on what lights you have, 500 & 1000 Watt Halogen Lights on the exterior of the trailer can add up load quick too...may consider fitting high output LEDs.

    For reference, I have a Onan 12K Diesel in my trailer, a 48ft Renegade.

    Keeping it PG-13 for the crowd, Electricity is a lot like nice intimate female companionship, I would rather have more -- not less. And I don't like being in situations where my equipment fails to meet my needs. :cool:
     
    #5
  6. aj481x

    aj481x Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2004
    Messages:
    956
    Likes Received:
    17
    Size it so that everything in the trailer can start at once, then add 25%.
     
    #6
  7. hydrotherapy

    hydrotherapy Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2004
    Messages:
    197
    Likes Received:
    0
    We replaced the outside lights with leds
    LED Panel for RETROFIT 300W/500W FLOOD LIGHT Halogen light fixtures -- 7000Lumens 33Watts -- Cool White (6000K). P/N: SPTL792LRC
    and the inside with 4' leds and run them all off a inverter with a deep cycle battery
    best thing I ever did ,better light also
     
    #7
  8. Soldierboy0098

    Soldierboy0098 Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2006
    Messages:
    1,248
    Likes Received:
    14
    Awesome, thanks for the advice guys, Once the loan finishes coming through I may hop on a 10k. I am definitely interested in upgrading to leds at least on the outside of the trailer. Thanks for the links Randy, hopefully next week the loan will be wrapped up and I can jump on one.

    Trev
     
    #8
  9. Ron Meyer

    Ron Meyer New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2018
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    4
    I just changed lights on outside of trailer to LED. 6K onan would quit when the compressor kicked on with the two outside halogens on at night. I think the compressor is a 1 hp run on 220.
     
    #9

Share This Page