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Old 11-06-2014, 05:16 AM   #1
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Alternative to Honda/Yamaha generators??

I recently saw this Generac generator in a local store and was intrigued by its much lower price compared to either of the "top" brands. I am shopping for a generator for my 2014 25' FC and was wondering if anyone had actually bought a Generac and what their experience was. Seems like it could power up the AC and do everything at a much lower entry $ of $589 with a two year warranty. Thoughts? Thanks for any and all imput.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:34 AM   #2
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I have a regular Generac construction style generator... I have not been happy with a lot of the "features" they put on them. They have a tendency to be poorly designed and executed. Things like long plastic handles for a fuel shut off that stripped the first time it was used, feet that fold over if someone pushes on the generator, etc.

Another brand that is getting decent reviews is the Champion line of inverters generators. I have seen several of them first hand and at half the price of the Yamaha/Honda they are a lot of bang for the buck. One major issue is the small fuel tank size, and because they don't have a fuel pump using a extended run tank is a challenge.

I can sympathize with the cost of red or blue, they are expensive initially, however they seem to last forever with minimal added cost. I have a Honda construction generator that is almost 20 years old with over 4,000 hours on it still going strong. It still starts on the first or second pull, even after sitting for months at a time.

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Old 11-06-2014, 06:05 AM   #3
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We have a Honda 1000 Inverter model that we've used for several years to recharge the battery, etc. This summer, we bought a Ryobi 2200 Inverter model for a little additional capacity. It works well, and is very quiet. They have an extendable handle and wheels. The handle is a little on the flimsy side, so I expect that will eventually break. Overall, a good unit, at just over half the price of the equivalent Honda.

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Old 11-06-2014, 07:03 AM   #6
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Buy a generator that has a 3yr warranty.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:20 AM   #7
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Whatever brand or style (inverter vs. contractor) of generator you get, be aware that a 2000 watt unit will not run your AC properly. You might get the AC to start up using the 2,000, but there will be insufficient power and you will probably damage the AC unit. Some people run the 13.5 AC units with 3,000 watt generators but most people use a larger unit or a pair of 2,000's running in tandem.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:22 AM   #8
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I have a Champion 2000W that I purchased at Sam's club about 3 years ago. Cranks the first pull and I have had zero problems. I paid a little less than $500 for it. It weighs just a few pounds more than a Honda but not much and is quiet. I see they now have a 3000W inverter model. I would have bought that if it had been an option so that I could run the AC.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:38 AM   #9
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Since you invested in a beautiful new 25' FC why look to cut corners now? Why not keep doing it right and continue to buy quality so you won't second-guess yourself down the road. I bought the 2@2,000W Honda units, and save weight by only taking the Companion with me to charge batteries, make early morning coffee etc during my spring, winter, and fall trips when I don't need AC. If you go that route, heed AnnArbor Bob's advice, tho. Jon
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Have had two of the Champion 4000/3500 watt generators , they both start first pull 100 % of the time , will run the AC and microwave without a problem , will run a long long time on a tank of gas , the only drawback is they are noisier than the high priced Honda's. simply can't justify in my mind paying 2000. bucks if a 300 dollar unit will provide all the electricity we need .
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You can buy a Honda or Yamaha and use it for years and they retain their value whereas the off brands that you save a couple of hundred dollars buying are worth nothing (if they still even work).So being cheap (frugal)is more expensive and kinda foolish.
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Regardless of what ever brand you choose, don't leave fuel in the tank and/or carburetor for extended periods. Both the Honda and Yamaha generators have a tendency to gum up fairly quickly (couple of months) when not used. Then you get to either tear down the carburetor, or have someone do it. I also recommend using a fuel treatment like Stabil.
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Regardless of what ever brand you choose, don't leave fuel in the tank and/or carburetor for extended periods. Both the Honda and Yamaha generators have a tendency to gum up fairly quickly (couple of months) when not used. Then you get to either tear down the carburetor, or have someone do it. I also recommend using a fuel treatment like Stabil.
I leave gas in my tanks all the time...over winter. I run the carb dry, and have Stabil as well as Chevron Techron in the gas....and yes , it IS 10% ethanol gas. Never an issue in any of my small engines. 2 strokes get Seafoam and Stabil.
(shouldn't use Techron in 2 strokes)
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There's a thread on a Smart Tools Generator available at COSTCO. Doing a quick compare the Generac is about 5 more pounds, 400W more but no spec on noise, for the ~same price give or take 10 bucks.

Generac is a well known name and I would think its worth a look, especially if you can get it from a seller with great warranty and return service.

I'll probably go for the generator on sale at COSTCO (has a Yamaha motor) for just that reason. Looks like its available in CA too.
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