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Old 01-20-2017, 11:48 AM   #1
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Gas or Propane Generator

I know there has been lots of threads discussing generators and I've read / studied many of them. I have decided on a single Honda EU2000i generator for my new International Serenity. For now I don't plan on using AC when boon docking. If it's hot I'll stay where there's power. By going with the 2000w Honda, I can always change that by adding a second if I change my mind.

My concern is whether to go with Propane version, a $500 premium. I don't like the idea of carrying gasoline (my TV is diesel). I already have two bottles of propane, and it seems like a good idea to use these rather than carry gasoline.

My main concern is the effect on the generator and it's warranty. Is it not true, than a conversion to propane will void Honda's warranty. I know one of the main sellers of converted units offers their own three year warranty. I also remember that in the early 70's I had a Ford truck converted to propane, and that the use of this fuel burned the valves. It basically destroyed the valves and I had to do major engine work and then converted it back to gasoline.

Do any of you have any experience with any kind of problems related to propane, including engine damage or warranty issues?
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Old 01-20-2017, 12:05 PM   #2
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I have been running a eu2000i for three years with zero problems. This is a propane only unit that I have never run on gas. I used a Genconnex conversion. Did the work myself, took about an hour. Simple clean no worries about carrying gas.

If you are worried about a lack of lubricant in the propane, I have not seen any issues. I give a spray of wd-40 down the cylinder before I store it between trips. This is about the only thing other than changing the oil I have done.

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Old 01-20-2017, 12:11 PM   #3
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Another vote for propane. Converted a Honda EU2000 myself in about an hour. Much simpler, safer, and cleaner that gasoline.
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:09 PM   #4
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Hi from AZ. . . I,too have propane generators from Genconnectx . Same reason, don't want to carry a gas can around in my truck. They work great. . . regards, Craig
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Old 01-20-2017, 07:01 PM   #5
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Have two Honda 2000 generators and converted both of them to Propane - kits from US Carburetion in West Va. Easy to convert and great customer service....work great, much clear than gas. Best of all - do not have to carry gas cans....Andy
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I too have a couple of generators converted to lp. No problems and I'm pleased with the performance. However, my conversion kits did say to run on gasoline for a period (I forget the never of hours, but it wasn't much) to ensure proper break in of the engine.
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US carb has tri-fuel conversions which run on gasoline, propane, or natural gas. I'm very happy with my Yamaha twins running on propane and also made a connection for natural gas at home in case of a prolonged power outage. The gas tanks are empty and I also notice they seem to start easier on propane.
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I have two Genconnex Honda 2000ui generators that we're converted to propane when I purchased them. I have had great performance from them and have flexibility to run them off my AS or off a 20lb tank. I also don't have to mess with another fuel source.
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I installed the US Carb tri-fuel conversion on my Yamaha 2000. Current cost is $187. Outstanding, well engineered and easy to install product.
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Isn't there a reduction in power output from the generator when running on propane versus gasoline?
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Can you use the regulated propane (BBQ) connection or do you have to use a separate propane tank?
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Can you use the regulated propane (BBQ) connection or do you have to use a separate propane tank?
I have the US Carb conversion on my Honda eu2000. Works great and yes, it plugs right into the regulated BBQ connection on the AS.
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I installed the US Carb tri-fuel conversion on my Yamaha 2000. Current cost is $187. Outstanding, well engineered and easy to install product.
About to do the conversion on my Yamaha, are you using the Propane port on your AS, the road side? Also, which conversion kit did you get?
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About to do the conversion on my Yamaha, are you using the Propane port on your AS, the road side? Also, which conversion kit did you get?
Mine does not have a propane port. I carry a spare 20 pound bottle. It gets used for the generator, grill and small fire pit. The tri-fuel conversion kit is from US Carburetor. They have excellant phone customer service. If interested give them a call and they can hook you up.
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