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Old 11-27-2010, 07:41 PM   #1
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Honda 2000 generator solution?

I was going to use a honda 2000 to power the heat and was thinking i'd just turn the honda on and let the heat build up pretty good and then shut the honda off and let the insulated van do its job , a hour and a half later or so i would do it again .
I would do this to preserve the gasoline but then i got to thinking to do this i'm going to have to go outside in the cold every hour and a half , this is'nt good!
Do you guys just keep the generator running?
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:43 PM   #2
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Re: Honda 2000 generator solution?

It would seem if you had to go outside that would defeat the purpose. Some of the larger Honda's have remote start.

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Old 11-27-2010, 07:49 PM   #3
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I noticed alot of the sportmobiles are using the Honda 2000 pull start though , Just curious how there going about using them .
Bye the way , that was a fast post response . LOL
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:49 PM   #4
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I was going to use a honda 2000 to power the heat and was thinking i'd just turn the honda on and let the heat build up pretty good and then shut the honda off and let the insulated van do its job , a hour and a half later or so i would do it again .
I would do this to preserve the gasoline but then i got to thinking to do this i'm going to have to go outside in the cold every hour and a half , this is'nt good!
Do you guys just keep the generator running?
With a full tank of gas, the eu2000 will easily run all night in eco-mode. I have gotten more than 12 hours of continuous use before.

Eco-mode provides plenty of power to run the heater all night too. Or at least it does for the suburban heater in our van.

Just fill her up at bedtime and you are set. I have a 50ft extension cord that I use to get the generator as far away from the van as possible. Inside I don't hear anything except my son's snoring.

Note, I only do this when boondocking and when outside temps are uncomfortably cold. In a developed campsite, or near other campers, even an eu2000 could be a nuisance.

Good luck.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:32 PM   #5
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So i assume your heater has a thermostat, and cycles on and off to take advantage of eco mode?
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:59 PM   #6
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The Eco mode is a current activated mode. I can run a charger to charge my batteries on my bass boat but adding two chargers makes it ramp up the the higher RPM (more noise/more fuel consumption). A heavy load would cause it to run jump out of that mode. Just gonna depend on the load your heater pulls.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:29 AM   #7
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Re: Honda 2000 generator solution?

I would ask:

1) why not use a suburban or propex heater?
2) if you use the generator, now you have to store fuel
3) what kind i heater you gonna power w/ a gen? is is vented??

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Old 11-28-2010, 12:08 PM   #8
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Re: Honda 2000 generator solution?

Are you saying you don't have a furnace and use an electric heater powered by the Honda?

Or you don't have a battery and need the gen to get the furnace to run?


- Get a good down comforter. It has been as cold as 18 degrees in our van in the morning and we were fine in bed. And we reached over, turned on the furnace before we got up.

- Even a single house battery should be able run a furnace (set at a low temp) for the night.

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Are you saying you don't have a furnace and use an electric heater powered by the Honda?

Or you don't have a battery and need the gen to get the furnace to run?


- Get a good down comforter. It has been as cold as 18 degrees in our van in the morning and we were fine in bed. And we reached over, turned on the furnace before we got up.

- Even a single house battery should be able run a furnace (set at a low temp) for the night.

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Right now i have no generator or heater , i only have two 6 volt golf cart batterys and looking for the best solution on what to go with to heat the rear .
I think the propex heater is what i'm looking for because i'm going to need very little heat since my vans so well insulated and plus i need something i can control from the inside .
I think i'll get a honda 2000 as well and get a electric heater for a backup .
I heard some people store there water supply under there bed and use it for heat storage by heating up the water before they go to bed , also heard of people heating Paraffin Wax to store heat over night and they say it stores much more heat then water.
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:19 PM   #10
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Well insulated & Electric Heater = Trouble IMHO

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Go over to The Samba/Vanagons search for Propex, tons of info
also look at Carls stuff, great guy, tons of info
will give you the 411 on propex and truckfridge
http://westyventures.com/propex.html

6v batteries? run together to get 12 v?
how many amp hours?

how you gonna charge them?

My Two Satang:
1) get 200 amp hours worth of battery storage
2) get a HD alternator and a Sure Power or Blue Sea Isolator
3) Consider a solar panel
4) if using the honda to charge the batteries, make sure you have the correct charger
5) with enough amp hours, correct engin chargin system, dont know why you need the generator

YMMV

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