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Old May 14th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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The hurricane forcasters predictions,will be out tomorrow, but a preview on tv this morning said the New England, & Long Island area, may be hit with a big one! It's been decades since a cat 3 size storm has hit our area.

Coincidentally, we had been talking of getting a generator, I think we better..Even with small storms we sometimes lose lights. I guess it's something you hope you won't use, but so glad to have when the house goes dark...

Do you Cruisemates have one and have you used it often?
I bet you were thrilled to have it..What do you suggest for a size to keep say, the fridge, lights and tv on?
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Old May 14th, 2006, 08:50 AM
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I am not on the coast Trip, but we do get a lot of electrical storms. We do have a generator and so far we have not had to use it here at home. I would much rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. It will run the fridge, tv, and small appliance. I cant think what the wattage is. Seems like it is a 3500 watt. We do have some emergency lights also.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 09:01 AM
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We bought a generator last year after several power outages. Funny thing, since we bought it, we have only had to use it once for a very short period of time. Isn't that always the way? Oh well, we are prepared if we need it.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 09:28 AM
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In Florida the generators are big business. the adds on tv started, the national weather men are predicting big storms.
Last year when there was a unusal storm, lightning hit a tree near a transformer and we lost power. The houses across the street were not effected so we ran an extension cord to the neighbors so we could at least keep the refrigerator on. We had power about 6 hours later. There were several trees down all over town.
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We built our own generator for electricity. And Mrs. Kuki is really good at peddling
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I pray that you don't "get hit".

A friend of mine has a Honda generator 3500/4000 w (I think). When they go camping, they run their referigerator, ourside lights, bait box,TV, radio and spot lights with it.

Hope that helps.

Stay safe !!!!!!!!!
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We bought a generator after the 3 hurricanes of 2004 and haven't had to use it yet and really hope we never have to use it. I think the noise will drive me crazy. We only had a few days without power, I'm sure I'll be really grateful if we ever do need it.
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After Hurricane Ivan blew through Alabama in 2004, we were without power for 60 hours. I swore never again.
I purchased a Honda portable generator ( 6500 Watts ) which pretty much powers everything except my air conditioner. It has an Eco Throttle switch on it which means that it only runs enough to produce power for the current demands on it. This means it does not constantly run at full speed which makes the noise level reduced from most generators which run at full speed.
Since the fall of 2004 I have used it twice. Thunderstorms knocked our power out for 6 hours one time and 12 hours another. It performed beautifully.
It gives me peace of mind that another major storm is not going to leave us in the dark and unconnected to the world.

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