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Old 03-30-2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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Question Kodiak 172e power question

We have put a small deposit and are planning on the purchase of a new 172e soon. Probably should have thought this through before and now I am wondering just what will we be able to run while boon-docking? I know the fridge will and that the air conditioner will definitely not, but what about hot water? Anything else I'm not thinking of? Last year we bought a brand-new 2,000 watt Honda generator and can't think about upgrading right now.

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Old 03-30-2014, 02:38 PM   #2
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You can see my Honda Genny in the pic. We usually go out for 7 - 10 day and I rely on little Genny for now . Have purchased all the solar goodies just need to find the time to install. But to answer your question. I can run all my lights, t.v. ,radio, refrigerator, and microwave. How ever I did pull out the microwave that came with the trailer and put a smaller one in that takes less juice. We have little kids and being able to heat food up in a few seconds can really effect the next hour of serenity. I've never even attempted to run the a.c while hooked to her.. also when im running the Genny I switch the refrigerator from gas to auto to save on the propane than switch it back to gas when the Genny is off. I always rely on propane for hot water. So for me the a.c. is the only thing I cant use. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:58 PM   #3
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The fridge should automatically change between electric and gas unless you put the switch in Gas mode. A/C uses 20 amps to start so your 2000 watt genset shouldn't be used. You can get quick start capacitors for the A/C units and then the genset would work fine but could only run the A/C.
For boondocking you might want to look at swapping all your light bulbs to LED, that would make a huge difference. Solar panels are also an option but be sure to get a panel capable of 100 or more watts.
Your hot water will run on propane, don't run it on the generator as you don't know when it's running so you could overload if other things are going at the same time.
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:54 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info
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