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Best tailgating generator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:28 AM
 

Looking to get a generator to run our TV for tailgating- any thoughts on which kind is best/easiest for a reasonable price?

Also- wifi hotspot or satelite?


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here's the one I use.

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:29 AM
 

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The quietest one you can afford that can supply the


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:31 AM
 

equipment you wish to power.


Generac***


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:34 AM
 



For relaxing times, make it Suntory time


Honda.***


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:37 AM
 



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Re: Best tailgating genetator?

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:45 AM
 

Generac. I have a GP2200i and it is great. It is quiet, runs forever, and cheaper than a Honda.


Honda or Yamaha are the best

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:45 AM
 

And you pay for them. . Hondas are more common. The 2200 is about $1000. Honda also makes a 1000 wat for about $800.

I luckily had a 20% coupon for northern tool and got my Honda 2200 for $800.

Yahmaha 2000 is about $900 but they are hard to find at stores. You'll have to order.

Box stores sell other brands for up to 1/4 the price if you want to take a chance on quality. There are plenty of folks here who do. Most are quite now adays (50-60 db) so noise isn't much of a factor anymore. You'll be looking at around $500 for 2000wats. Many have good results. The only thing they lack is the history. Honda has been proven to be a high quality , highly reliable generator...but again.. you pay for it.

I have a honda 2200 and last weekend I ran a 43 inch led tv, direct tv box, small refrigerator cooler, crock pot, and various cell phone charges from 8 am to about 9pm on a little over 1 gallon of gas using eco mode.

IF you only plant to watch a tv ... you can look into DC power....aka batteries.


You're wifi/hot spot will suck. Dish or direct tv is your best choice for tv.

Direct tv
Does NOT MAKE a portable dish for HD programming. You will have to buy a slimline dish with swm. The same ones you see mounted on houses, you can get a complete portable setup off amazon for around $125.

The cheapest self directing HD dish is $1600. So if you want to watch high definition programming you will have to pay for it or tote a giant dish and find the signal yourself.

There are a couple of portable, self finding SD dishes on the market for direct tv. the winegard carryout g2 and king quest 4500?.. they run about $400. Plug em in, push a button, they will find the satellite for you...again only SD.

Dish
Is all HD.. the Playmaker dish is self directing and runs for about $250. It only picks up the east arc. Winegard's pathway x2 dish will locate east and west arcs but it is twice as big as the tailgater and about $400. I've seen both all over campus so they must work well.


ME
I use a winegard carryout gm-mp1 that can be used for dish(hd) OR direct tv(sd). It is small, portable, versatile, and cheap ($160) but It is not self directing. I use a phone app to locate the satelite... but I've done it so much I can find direct tv satellite in under 5 mins.

I own the generator and dish. My neighbor who tailgates with me brings his direct tv box.
I'm also on the lookout for a slimline dish. They randomly show up on the side of the street in my neighborhood on trash day.

I'm also always on the lookout for self finding dish but won't pay more than $200.


Re: Honda or Yamaha are the best


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 11:21 AM
 

Thank you so much. That’s very helpful!


Re: Honda or Yamaha are the best


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:58 PM
 

I use a Ryobi 2300. Quiet and easy start. Lots of features. Price is much less than Honda and Yamaha and others. Also Bluetooth enabled. We run crock pots, fans and other equipment on the one generator too. No issues. Third year I have used it. I use Directv and a King auto dish. It’s not HD but seems to serve us well. I’ve not heard complaints from the dozens that end up standing around watching the games.


Re: Best tailgating genetator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:48 AM
 

You should strongly consider a champion generator (yellow color) . I walked by a few at the game last weekend and they were very quiet. I imagine they are much more affordable than honda or yamaha.

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Re: Best tailgating genetator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 4:59 PM
 

Yeah, and much more prone to crap out.


Re: Best tailgating genetator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:49 AM
 

I have the Honda 2200 i sell for 800.00 each great units 8034488136


Re: Best tailgating genetator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 7:08 PM
 

That is an EXCELLENT price!
EU2200i ?

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:50 AM
 



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Re: Genetator? - You just had to say Tater, Coot.***


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 11:17 AM
 

Simple typo- definitely not a coot. Graduated in ‘06 and a fan all my life. Trying to buy my husband, also a tiger fan, a full tailgating setup for his 40th birthday.


Do you currently have direct tv or dish?***


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 11:22 AM
 




2 marine batteries and an inverter, no noise***

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Re: 2 marine batteries and an inverter, no noise***


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 3:40 PM
 

It ought to be a law

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Re: 2 marine batteries and an inverter, no noise***

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019 4:08 PM
 

Been using marine deep cycle at tailgates for around 15 years. One battery has always been enough for us. No gas to carry. No noise. Small. Can’t beat it.


WEN 56200i...quieter than Honda at half the price***


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 11:23 AM
 



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Alternative - Battery Pack


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 3:51 PM
 

https://www.goalzero.com/shop/kits/goal-zero-yeti-1400-lithium-power-station-boulder-100-solar-kit/

Anyone use this? It look like a cool idea with solar panel - if you have the funds...

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Re: Best tailgating generator?

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019 4:28 PM
 

I've heard a few people suggest not to do this - but both games this year, we've streamed our cell phone hotspot to a Roku. Has worked just fine - no buffering at all and great clarity.

After 15 years of fighting with my FIL every single weekend about calculating angular trajectories of far away galaxies and universes on his archaic old dish, we're never going back to that.


Re: Best tailgating generator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 4:58 PM
 

Honda or Yamaha Inverter. Generac and Ryobi are OK, but definitely not as good.


Re: Best tailgating generator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 5:10 PM
 

I never leave home without my Alibaba Coal fired Generator.



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Re: Best tailgating generator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 6:10 PM
 

you got one too?


For the climate conscious


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 6:25 PM
 




Re: Best tailgating generator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:23 PM
 

We use the WEN. Starts on the first pull and very quiet. Best $400 I’ve ever spent.


Re: Best tailgating generator?


Posted: Sep 10, 2019 10:49 PM
 

We have a Champion, in its third year with zero issues....

Honda is the best if you have the cash...

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If you lean a sheet of plywood on your generator...


Posted: Sep 11, 2019 8:36 AM
 

between your tailgate spot and the generator itself, even the loudest generator is pretty quiet. That’s what I do.

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What thickness?***


Posted: Sep 11, 2019 8:59 AM
 




The thicker the better...


Posted: Sep 11, 2019 10:16 AM
 

But I just use 1/4".

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Re: If you lean a sheet of plywood on your generator...

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Posted: Sep 11, 2019 9:24 AM
 

I tried that at Willie B two years ago and when I got back from the game there were half a dozen eggs. Guess it looked like home!


Hondas are the best but the Powerhorse from


Posted: Sep 11, 2019 10:24 AM
 

Northern Tool is a really good knock off for about half the price. I use both at work and I've never had a single issue with either. Hondas run about 10% longer on same amount of fuel. Noise levels are really similar. Size and weight is nearly identical.

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Posted: Sep 11, 2019 12:07 PM
 

I have been using the Powerhouse 2000 from Northern tool for about 5 years! It’s quiet and no issues! Paid about $499 for it! Great value!


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Posted: Sep 11, 2019 12:16 PM
 

I tried a hotspot at the game but didn’t get a strong enough signal! I have Directv so I purchased a satellite globe from King Satellite made specifically for Direct TV! You can order another receiver box to take to games or use your main box from home! Directv makes a small Swim satellite also that is cheaper but you have to aim it yourself!
Dish Tv has much better options on Satellites! It might be worth setting up an account with them and only paying for football months! For a spare box with Directv it is 7$ a month!


No such thing as a small slim line swm dish


Posted: Sep 11, 2019 12:25 PM
 

Your king quest only gets standard definition


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