Hi, I'm brand new to the forum and was led here by the topic of this thread. I am in the process of selling my bumper pull to upgrade to a 5th Wheel.
I have a 21' bumper pull, 30amp, and a Honda EU3000is (so called quiet generator with the "eco throttle"). Even though the Honda generator's maximum output is 23.5 amps, I can operate normally with two exceptions:
1. Never run the AC (with compressor engaged) and the microwave at the same time
2. Never run more than 1 small appliance with the microwave/AC (small appliance: Hair dryer, coffee pot, curling iron, skillet, toaster oven). I can run one of these items and either the microwave or AC with no problems.
My tow vehicle is a 2000 Chevy 3500, 6.5 diesel that had a 5th wheel hitch installed when I acquired it. I simply secured my generator to the bed of the truck with a gorrilla cable to deter theft. I have utilized this setup for dry camping for everything from:
1. overnight parking while on the road getting to a destination (where shore hook ups would be available)
2. tailgaiting SEC football games (no shore power hook ups in those parking lots)
3. 6 week road trip where we only hooked to shore power 16 nights of the trip (26 days of dry camping)
4. a three day weekend in the middle of no where
My experience with the portable generator has been outstanding and it's nice to have the generator for non camping events.
BUT............... Here is a topic that nobody in this post is discussing: Portable generators require portable storage of gasoline and frequent refueling of the portable unit for prolonged use (anything over 8 hours or so). I swear, when I was on my 6 week trip it seemed like a fourth of my truck bed was occupied by 5 gallon fuel cans. It's a pain in the but to secure the fuel cans from theft but then need frequent access to them to fuel up your portable generator.
Imagine, dry camping in a relatively hot climate and wanting to run the AC through the night. No problem, except the for the portable generator runs out of fuel at about 4am. You wake at 4:30 in a sweat. You go to refuel the generator but realize you have to unchain the fuel tanks you had to lock up to keep them from walking off. It's just a bit of drudgery, especially when you are half asleep.
So, I am surprised that nobody has referred to the burden of have to transport fuel with a portable generator setup. The idea that a 5th wheel has an onboard generator (whether propane or gasoline) from the factory usually means the 5th wheel also has onboard storage of fuel and plenty of capacity.
Is that usually the case?