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Best Generator For Your Riverside RV White Water Retro.
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June 26, 2016
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What’s the best Generator for your White Water Retro?

Well this is a debatable topic, everyone is going to have their own opinion. When I was generator shopping the 3 things I was looking for were:

  • Price
  • Loudness
  • Size

Trust me I did my research and I found a diamond in the rough, the Smarter Tools AP-2000iQ. This portable generator is only 51DB which is about as loud as human conversation while running. I can hardly hear it inside my trailer when I have it running and when my White Water Retros Air Conditioner is on I can’t hear the generator at all from the inside. This generator only weights around 50 pounds and is made to be carried with one hand. It’s small quite and efficient and it runs everything in my White Water Retro including the A/C and microwave. In the event that you need more power you can daisy chain two of the generators together. Now Smarter Tools seems like a generic brand and it is, the main premium competitors in this market are Honda and Yamaha providing premium generators at a premium price tag around $1000. This generator is the EXACT same model as the Yamaha generator. Smarter Tools even advertises that this is the Yamaha Generator itself but without the price tag! It truly is a diamond in the rough I paid $599.00 for my generator shipped to my house which I bought off Amazon Here!

Now this generator is not perfect is spits out 2000 watts for 30 seconds and can operate at 1700 watts continuously. When starting the A/C you need every single one of those 2000 watts. I believe when the A/C is fully running it takes around 500-1000 watts. Yes this is one of the smallest, lightest generators but occasionally when starting my A/C it will overload the generator so I have to play with the A/C controls for a minute but once the A/C is fully running the generator can easily power it. There are modifications you can do to make sure your A/C will start every time by installing a hard start kit inside you’re A/C which I have not done yet. I found that if I turn everything off in the RV and then turn the A/C fan up to high so it starts drawing wattages then flip the A/C condenser on, my A/C will startup just fine. I can’t guarantee this will work on everyone’s A/C, worst case scenario you will need to hook two of these units together to run your White Water Retro Air Conditioner.

For the value that this generator provides it’s worth every penny.

Please share your experiences you have had with any generators.

August 8, 2016
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I’m thinking about purchasing a 177SE model and will likely be using it in hot climates.  The AC will be a must, and I may often not have power, so a generator will be on my list.  I don’t have a lot of experience with this, but I know the camper as a 3 prong 30 amp male connector to supply power.  This generator appears to have only standard household receps, and I don’t see listed the amp rating for them.  How to I connect the generator to the camper?

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Fred

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August 11, 2016
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Fred,

 

Thanks for joining the Riverside White Water Retro forums.

 

You have to use a step down to a standard household 3 prong plug if you only have one of these generators. Yes our trailers are rated for 30 amps but our trailers do not draw that many amps unless every thing running inside the  trailer such as lights, microwave, a/c, fridge etc…  In the event you want to run everything at once you would need to buy two of these generators and daisy chain them together. They make a kit to do this which I have provided the link HERE this will give you the 3 prong 30 amp connector you are looking for. Or buy a bigger generator rated for more amps and wattage with this connector built in. 

 

Hope that helps and best of luck buying your 177SE White Water Retro. 

September 26, 2016
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My choice was the DuroMax XP2000is. Pretty quiet at 60db, 47lbs., and was $399.99 delivered.

Went with Royal Purple 5w30 synthetic oil. Ran 6 hours for break in and a fresh refill was less

than a quart for both. Had pretty good reviews so I took a chance. Really wanted a Honda but

2 1/2 times the price.

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Roccosamore can your generator start the A/C? $399.99 seems like a amazing deal for generator. 

 

Has anyone had any experience with the Honda EU2000i on their Riverside Retro?  This is also a 2000 watt generator I’m curious if it can start up the A/C as this is the one I’ve had my eye on.

October 10, 2016
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I received my generator a couple days prior to our trip. Didn’t have time to play with it a lot. When I did, yes, the A/C started. I really wanted a Honda (I had a Honda 6500is for business with 2000+ hours and not so much as a hiccup) but at 2 1/2 times the price I am happy with my purchase. Good luck on you decision.

October 15, 2016
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Roccosamore said
I received my generator a couple days prior to our trip. Didn’t have time to play with it a lot. When I did, yes, the A/C started. I really wanted a Honda (I had a Honda 6500is for business with 2000+ hours and not so much as a hiccup) but at 2 1/2 times the price I am happy with my purchase. Good luck on you decision.  

 

It seems like the DuroMax XP 2000 can be a real contender with these higher end generators, less then half the cost. Good find Roccosamore!

October 27, 2016
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FYI: Harbor Freight has a Predator 2000/1600 inverter generator for $399.00. 

66db noise level, a bit loud. I don’t know anything about them, but a good price.

In the new flyer that came in the mail today.

January 4, 2017
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I have the Champion.  1700 watts running, 2000 peak.  Runs everything in my RV 177SE.  AC has to be started fan first.  I have the older window style AC.

53db.  Very quiet, especially in economy mode.

i also used it for several days during a power outage at home.

i have no issues.  The one question I had was answered promptly by support.

http://www.championpowerequipm…..-inverter/

I got it on sale at Cabellas for $450.

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If you are worried about noise, remember decibels are not linear. 10 decibels is roughly 3 times as loud.  That’s what led me to the champion.

http://www.siue.edu/~gengel/ec…..ff/SPL.pdf

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January 8, 2017
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I really like the looks of the champion generator and the way they stack if you want two of them. 

May 24, 2017
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Kristopher, thanks for the generator info as I am considering purchasing one for our newly purchased 2018 177se retro.  We are super excited to start traveling when we are able and hope to someday attend a get together designed for whitewater retro campers.  We are as rookie as you can get but We are up for the challenge as long as long as we have some modern conveniences to enjoy while we are roughing it.  LOL  So your video was informative and I am considering the Honda companion pack for power because of the reviews. Thanks again, Jeff

June 12, 2017
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Kristopher,

 

How is the generator holding up?  We are thinking about getting one and would love to hear how yours in working a year later.

 

Thanks,

 

A.J.

June 11, 2018
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I would swear by Honda.  You can literally stand over them and have a normal conversation…I know they are pricey, but in my opinion worth the money.  If you don’t have the AC on, running just one is fine, and with the AC, running them in parallel handles the AC as well as anything else we have plugged in.  We also got an extended tank system so it will run all night.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ND19AE/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C112T1O/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BURT3C/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

It is THE most quiet generator set I have owned.

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