I purchased a 2000w generator as a backup for a trip out west in our 16' Freedom. It says it generates 1600w running. We charged the battery with our solar panel all day, plenty of sunlight, fully charging each day, and had minimal usage in the evening, mainly just a light over the small table for a couple of hours and the heater kicked on occasionally during the night.
When we used the generator out at Comb Creek (abt 6050' elevation) it lugged down in the morning running just a toaster or just a coffee maker, occasionally to point where the generator died. I tested both of these and the toaster shows it needs about 825w and the coffee maker 750w. Why did the generator have such a hard time with these two appliances?
It has been suggested that since I plugged the Casita directly into the generator that perhaps I was using a lot of the power generated to try to recharge whatever I had drained from the battery overnight. Is this a possibility? From another post I got the impression that altitude can also affect how much power is generated.
I am also wondering how large of an inverter I might need to run these appliances from batteries if 1600w from a generator is insufficient to do the job?
Any enlightenment will be appreciated.