We have been planning for our trip to the Black Hills and Yellowstone for the better part of a year. This trip was one of the driving factors in deciding to undertake all of the improvements to the Airstream over the last year.
One of the issues I had to address was that of power when we were boondocking or staying in a campsite with no electrical hookups. Up untill this point we were limited to just a day or two when we were camping with no hookups, because our DC draw would quickly deplete the deep cell batteries.
We decided that a generator was in order. It ended up that we needed two! – I’ll explain.
One of the big draws of AC power in the camper is the Air Conditioner. One of the big drawbacks to a generator that could handle this demand was that it was big, heavy and loud. Honda makes some very quiet, small 2000 watt generators, but one 2000 watt generator (which weighs around 40 pounds) could not handle the AC. We could have gotten a 3000 watt generator, or even bigger, Honda does make them, but it would be very hard moving it in and out of the back of the pickup truck. So we opted for two 2000 watt generators that run in parallel. In other words they run at the same time, are hooked up together and produce 4000 watts! More than enough power for the AC and just about anything else we need to run.
The other benefit to this arrangement is that if we are ever going camping and will not need the AC, then we only need to bring one generator with us.