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Old 08-08-2012, 09:14 AM   #15
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Phoenix is right.. running the honda with the eco switch off wont hurt anything. The load of my air compressor is high and even on eco I hear them struggle a bit and then step up the rpm. When the compressor shuts off they settle down. If it doesnt work for you then no problem.. just leave the switch off. They will be louder with that switch off. Shouldnt stall unless the overload light came on. Otherwise the cap vent is a good question. You would have to check the loads your running to be sure.

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The 3000 handi is much noisier than the older model. Jim
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Have the two 2000's so I can haul only 1 if I'm not gonna use A/C and 2 if I am. They work great -- easy startup, easy to connect together, no issues, though you have to be careful about carb gum up if you don't use them regularly and don't remember to put Stabil in your tank (thanks, Ethanol!)...
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Thanks for the info on the Hondas. They are great little devises. One of you recommended the vent cap being on. I totally missed that when I read the manual. It was quitting after about 20 minutes, I thought it was overloaded. Fixed it and all is great, they even run on eco like one of the posters put on here. They really are little workhorses.
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We start our AC with both EU2000 gens full on and then reduce to eco. The AC compressor starting current does not seem to be satisfied when the gens are on Eco ... no problem when full throttle. We also have built an aux fuel tank that will draw fuel from an external source. Both the EU 2000 and 3000 have fuel pumps; so, sipon or gravity feed is not necessary. The aux caps and lines are available from your dealer or on line - great addition.
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We start our AC with both EU2000 gens full on and then reduce to eco. The AC compressor starting current does not seem to be satisfied when the gens are on Eco ... no problem when full throttle.
What kind of size of AC?
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We start our AC with both EU2000 gens full on and then reduce to eco. The AC compressor starting current does not seem to be satisfied when the gens are on Eco ... no problem when full throttle. We also have built an aux fuel tank that will draw fuel from an external source. Both the EU 2000 and 3000 have fuel pumps; so, sipon or gravity feed is not necessary. The aux caps and lines are available from your dealer or on line - great addition.
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Will I need dual aux caps and lines since there are two generators? What about a gas tank? I was looking at marine grade 6 gallon tank from Walmart.
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Not sure about the comment of the 3000 Honda handi being noisier than the older? I would wager 1-3000 handi unit is quieter than 2-EU2000's running in tandem to satisfy a 30-amp demand.
Our 3000 handi is more than capable to run all the equipment including the AC on our 2007 25' Safari. Its just ramps up when the AC starts and then settles down to whatever rpm is necessary to satisfy the demand load when in ECO mode. Sound wise if placed behind the trailer you would be hard pressed to hear it over background noise levels when walking past your site. Overall were are very pleased!
PS as typical of Honda products, its being bullet proof & always starts first pull!
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Vinnie,
I should have looked at the earlier posts.
Elle & I are very satisfied with the EU 3000i as I just noted. Did you happen to check the amp draw of your 2-hp air compressor @ start up? Knowing your "retirement rig" is new I would assume your compressor is also but 30 amps to start sounds excessive.
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TK,

I actually purchased the EU 3000i first and took it home. I had already bought the 2hp air compressor. So I fired it up and in most cases the compressor would turn over very slow and either speed up to normal speed or trip the breaker on the generator. The dealer was gratious enough to allow me to return it. I then bought the two EU 2000's and running them together works fine with a little grunt on initial startup. See you at Jackson!

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Will I need dual aux caps and lines since there are two generators? What about a gas tank? I was looking at marine grade 6 gallon tank from Walmart.
We just have one aux tank because the second gen almost always settles to an eco/idle and doesn't use much fuel. If you have a higher current demand, then dual aux tanks might be in order. Most any portable marine tank will work well - just remember the larger the capacity, the heavier it is to move. Hence, we tend for the multiple smaller tanks for other fueling.

With regard to noise, two EU2000 gens are 3 db louder than just one. YMMV. However, we would like to have one EU 3000 semi-permanently mounted on a bedslide as well as keeping an EU2000 for portable use.
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I bought my Honda Eu3000 Handi 5 years ago and no problems to report. Having owned a EU3000is and an EU2000 as well, I can say that the Handi is the loudest of Honda's inverter generator lineup, but it is still quiet.

Deep down, the EU3000is will always be my favorite generator, but I needed something more portable for my outdoor movie/DJ business especially when I have to set up on the beach or carry my equipment into a backyard or onto a baseball field.
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