Generator for the tractor

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Beethoven, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. Beethoven

    Beethoven Light Load Member

    May 3, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    My apu sucks and I am sick of paying insane amounts for repairs and pm's for it. I am thinking a generator would be a better idea. Does any know of a good QUIET generator that will survive being on the truck?
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  3. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    california norte
    Going into my 3rd summer with a Honda 2000 watt generator. It weighs about 50 pounds, runs almost 8 hours on one gallon of gasoline and runs my little portable air conditioner. I bought it one day when I was off duty, did a quick search for Honda dealers on google near me, but an easier way is to just go to the Ontario Oregon Pilot, there is a Honda dealer just steps away from the truck stop. He's got 'em for about $995 and the bonus is Oregon has no sales tax--- shhhhhhhh. He's also got some 2 gallon and 6 gallon marine type extend run tanks so you can run it for 20 hours straight with the 2 gallon option.

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  4. EverLuc

    EverLuc Light Load Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    Yup yup yup. The EU2000 Honda is the way to go. I have seen the 3000 Honda in operation powering a food vending trailer, and you wouldn't believe how quiet it runs. I am always trying to win a 2000 for cheap on ebay. They usually always go for regular retail price though.
  5. Marlin46

    Marlin46 Medium Load Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Scottie - can you make your own ice cubes w/ that AC? It looks huge in the truck but I can't argue with it b/c I hate the heat more than most! Nice setup!
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  6. blazer1

    blazer1 Light Load Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    so. jersey
    Those Hondas are the preferred generator for campers as well because of how quiet they are.
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  7. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

    May 14, 2012
    yep..i own a honda 3000 for my toyhauler and it is quiet. will run about 7 hours on one gal tank. my buddy has a 2000 and his will run 12 hours on a gal tank with heater,tv, and lights running. the 3000 is about 90 lbs.
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  8. 217flatbedr

    217flatbedr Light Load Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Don't rule out Yamaha.
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  9. GreyBeardVa

    GreyBeardVa Bobtail Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    I saw this on YouTube and it got me thinking about why I would spend the money on an APU. Now, I don't have the skill the guy in the video has but the portable with a vented A/C is a great idea. I've seen smaller vented A/C units than Scottie's but I wonder if they'd make ice cubes??
  10. MZdanowicz

    MZdanowicz Light Load Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    peabody, ma
    I got a generac 2000w two years ago. I call it my life boat. got it at also always carry small compressor by emglo on board also.two small tanks at 40 lbs. they are very the gen set for 649.00
  11. Cowpie1

    Cowpie1 Road Train Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Kellogg, IA
    That's right! The Yamaha EF2400iSHC is a real top notch portable generator and actually has some design features that are better than the Honda EU2000.

    Don't get me wrong here. The Honda EU2000 is a great portable. But I believe the Yamaha EF2400iSHC edges it out. And even better..... you can get one of these Yamaha portables that are true multi fuel generators..... gasoline, propane, and natural gas. Not just one or the other... all three options on one portable.

    And you can get custom made boxes for mounting just about any portable on your truck here.....
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