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sunvalleyjoe
we have been lucky the place we camp at twice a year has length restrictions for 1/2of the campground. 19 feet for RV's so most people tent camp or have tent trailers. The other side of campr ground is 1/8 mile  away so all the big motorhome and 5th wheels stay in it. They tend to run their gens all the time ????Like was said why go camping and stay inside with tv and ac running.
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Shannon
I HIGHLY recommend the Harbor Freight Predator 3500. It runs the A/C well without a soft start kit, runs for a long time on eco mode, and is very quiet. You can search for videos and decibel tests on YouTube, and it generally scores very well. It’s a fraction of the price of a Honda, and has performed very well for me. I did buy the extended warranty just as a precaution. Here is it mounted on the back of my rig (which is not a Riverside).

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sunvalleyjoe
engine parts are hard to come by. I asked around the gen shops in Reno. The are a deal unless motor has issues. Just passing this along ./ I spent more for Yamaha . Do not get me wrong I buy some things from Harbor Freight. GBA!!SVJ
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Ralph L Staub
As with nearly everything at Harbor Freight, the Generators are “disposable”. They work until they don’t, then you buy another one. If you’re a boondocker who rarely has hookups and rely heavily on your gennie, it’s Honda/Generac/Onan time. If you’re like me, and you don’t typically stay where there are no hookups, the HF is likely fine.

I find that occasionally I bite off more than I can chew driving, and catch 4-5 hrs in a flying J / Pilot. In the summer, that can really suck without a gennie. I also have pets. A cheap gennie allows me to put them in the trailer when we find something interesting to do along the way. (BTW, I would never do that without having the technology to check on them. Trailer has internet, a wifi camera with 2 way audio, and a thermometer in view.) The little gems you discover on the road are a big part of fun, and it’s a shame to miss them cuz you can’t plug in.
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Shannon

I guess everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t consider the Predator generator "disposable."   I got turned on to them by some friends who use a pair of them to provide power at their hunt camp, where they really run a lot. He’s got over 4000 hours on his, with no issues other than regular oil changes and spark plugs every so often. When researching them, I did find some people who had problems with them, but I also found people who had problems with their Yamaha or their Honda.  Generally, the reviews from people who have actually owned and used the Predator are very positive.  I do a lot of Boondocking as well, and recently returned from a 10,000 mile loop around the country.  I put around 350 hours on the gennie, and it performed flawlessly.  If I actually believed the Predator would prove to be unreliable, I would’ve spent the money for a Honda, probably. But so far, I think I made a good choice.  Oh, and by the way, you can buy an extended warranty from Harbor freight for a relatively small amount of money, and if anything goes wrong with your gennie in the first three years, you can simply take it back and exchange it for a new one.

 

Here is a review of the Predator and some of its features. There is also an interesting sound test embedded in this review. They are remarkably quiet considering the power they put out.

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https://rvingzone.com/predator-3500-inverter-generator-review/
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Ralph L Staub
Shannon wrote;

I guess everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t consider the Predator generator "disposable."

By Disposable, I only mean that unlike a name brand, when it breaks (and everything does eventually, even the name brands), you won’t get much help at a repair shop or parts store. Anything goes wrong after the very short warranty, you’ll likely be buying another. Parts (beyond spark plugs and the like) are difficult to come by, are typically ordered directly from China, and its difficult to even figure out how to get them or who to contact. They’re not typically in stock, and you have to source them, not your repair shop.

 Harbor freight warranty is 90 days plus you can buy a year or two. Honda warranty is a free three years on most generators. 

None of this means the predator is a bad generator. These are only considerations above and beyond the quality aspect. For my application, I Rarely use a generator, and its not terribly important or essential  to me. Were I in the market, I would likely buy a predator. However, If I spent 5 months/yr boondocking and it was my primary or sole source for power, I’d want the name brand that could be repaired in a day or two should it breakdown. Might use a predator for a backup unit.
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Dukeydrea
I want to thank everyone  for your feed back on the topic of generators. My husband (mikeq) and I are grateful. We have had our own experience where at the time we were still tent camping. A large fifth wheel was next to us in a state park here in New York. He started  his car at 7:30 in the morning, couple times during the day and then lastly  9:30 pm.  His large diesel truck had his exhaust facing in our direction. We thought there had to be a better way .
Fast forward to now, we agree that dry camping  "in the woods" is our happy place. So posting the question asures we respect our camping neighbors  as well as protect our investment.  Thank you again 
Andrea
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mikes
Dukeydrea wrote:
His large diesel truck had his exhaust facing in our direction. We thought there had to be a better way .
Any decent campground has a ranger who would shut that down in a hurry.
Mike
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Dukeydrea
@mikes we did speak to the ppl who run the camp and they spoke with them. The campers complied but at that point we had decided we would never be that "guy". 👍
Andrea
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cadal99
Kinda late to the story, but I'll put in a good word for the Firman - specifically the https://www.firmanpowerequipment.com/shop/inverter-w03083/ model.  Remote, electric and pull starts, inverter and quite quiet.  Powers our 176S with A/C and micro running - well at least in my driveway 🙂  Turns out everywhere I camped this year either had hookups or generators not allowed, so boondocked it 🙂  I will say that when I got the original generator (ordered from walmart.com had best price at the time) I had all sorts of problems with it.  Would start and run and run small loads, but as soon as I plugged into the trailer and tried to turn on the A/C - went into overload.  This should be more than enough at 3000 running W for the A/C.  But what I will say is that it has a 3 year warranty, and I got lots of one on one email, chat and phone support from the folks at Firman - yes direct real human beings to talk to, help trouble shoot and provide ideas - based in AZ.  And when we couldn't figure it out, they overnighted me a new one, with a prepaid shipping label to send back the original as we didn't have any local authorized repair.  New one works great - at least like I said it works well so far in my driveway with the trailer 🙂  Anyway - as others have said, these things no matter the brand, seem like there's always some kind of issue, so having the 3 year warranty and proof of terrific customer support outweighs the initial frustration I had with the original unit.  
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Dukeydrea
Thank you@cafal99
Andrea
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