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I’m just about to buy a generator from Screwfix 1,5 kw for use in MH for when no hook up, does anyone use one or suggest something better?
It’s a suitcase type and at 18 kg easy to handle. I was working for an old fella today who uses it in his MH and he recommended it. Seems decent for the price
 

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Depending on where/when you intend to use it you might like to check it’s dB noise rating.

For example, what’s acceptable in a race paddock may not be viewed so favourably on a rally field.

It’s generally accepted that the Honda Suitcase Generators are the quietest.

If it’s a 2 Stroke engine it’s likely to be very noisy.

Ian
 

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As you say for the price.... Not bad.... but a lot noisier than a Honda.. :smiley:
 

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I’m just about to buy a generator from Screwfix 1,5 kw for use in MH for when no hook up, does anyone use one or suggest something better?
It’s a suitcase type and at 18 kg easy to handle. I was working for an old fella today who uses it in his MH and he recommended it. Seems decent for the price
Yes solar panels and a good set of batteries:D
 
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Says it’s quiet but I sure the neighbours might moan ?
 
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Well let me know where you are going so I can arrange to be somewhere else away from teh noise and fumes:rolleyes:
It will be this planet, enjoy your trip ?

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As you say for the price.... Not bad.... but a lot noisier than a Honda.. :smiley:
An awful lot cheaper too, I’d prefer a Honda but I’d prefer many things in life and often need to compromise
 

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It will take hours and hours using a genny to charge your battery, get a B2B charger to add to your solar setup. Unless you need to run electric heating, boil kettles etc but beware if you are with others in a field or wherever you will NOT be flavour of the month!
 

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At that price I would buy a good secoundhand suitcase one like Honda etc

It will only languish in the garage anyway ?
 

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I think you get the drift..................!

Generators used considerately and for short periods during the day are usually tolerated. But unfortunately consideration doesn't seem to be a much used sentiment these days.
 
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It will take hours and hours using a genny to charge your battery, get a B2B charger to add to your solar setup. Unless you need to run electric heating, boil kettles etc but beware if you are with others in a field or wherever you will NOT be flavour of the month!
Yeah I agree and wouldn’t use it habitually near anyone and will be used for wild camping or when in storage, I’m not looking to wind up neighbours having a quiet chill. But I can foresee plenty times it could be useful and I’d occasionally use it for work. Sorry I’ve upset any sensitive flowers haha

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I was thinking about a genny myself for the same reasons, mainly for a bit of heating in winter when out of gas. Honda gennys are out of reach for me because of the price too, so I looked at youtube and thought of extra silencing, by a sound deadening box. That could be an idea for you.
 

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This is purely a theoretical question (I’ve no opinion on generator use!) but isn’t the thingy under bonnet basically a diesel generator? Why can it not have some sort of setting purely to charge batteries in neutral? If it can heft three and half tonnes of MH about, surely it can put some oomph back in the batteries now and again? I appreciate it may not be a perfect set up, but give that gennies aren’t used very often, surely it would do the job adequately once in a while? After all it already has its own dedicated storage compartment and computerised interface!
 
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Described as low noise but no dB figures given, makes me very suspicious. I haven't used my generator in years, a B2B and a bit of solar keep my medical equipment going all night.
 

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This is purely a theoretical question (I’ve no opinion on generator use!) but isn’t the thingy under bonnet basically a diesel generator? Why can it not have some sort of setting purely to charge batteries in neutral? If it can heft three and half tonnes of MH about, surely it can put some oomph back in the batteries now and again? I appreciate it may not be a perfect set up, but give that gennies aren’t used very often, surely it would do the job adequately once in a while? After all it already has its own dedicated storage compartment and computerised interface!

Absotively........!!!! Its called a Battery to Battery charger. Google is you friend

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I get the idea of a generator might upset some but I’m sure most can see the occasional benefits too. The vast majority of the time we will be on site with a hook up, then wild camping with solar then a very small useage of the generator if and when required but never as a first option
 
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I was thinking about a genny myself for the same reasons, mainly for a bit of heating in winter when out of gas. Honda gennys are out of reach for me because of the price too, so I looked at youtube and thought of extra silencing, by a sound deadening box. That could be an idea for you.
You are going to need a bloody big generator to produce enough electricity to keep you warm in the winter. You will probably need a towbar.
 

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You are going to need a bloody big generator to produce enough electricity to keep you warm in the winter. You will probably need a towbar.

3kw will do it, its a motorhome not a block of flats

Anyway I ended up with one of these....

308715
 

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@Drifter as a few others have suggested get B2b charger, they combined with a decent battery bank and some solar make a great setup, and you don't have to store the Genny PLUS the fuel for said Genny c/w the smell / risk of carrying said fuel.
I've got a b2b setup and works well for us.
 

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