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Old 01-19-2017, 12:15 AM   #1
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Good evening All,

I have a question: My girl and I are new to AS'ing. I've lived in Florida for many years and on occasion, because of hurricanes, we have need of good generators down there. I've always been a huge fan of the Honda generators.

Do any of you have any preferences on generator make and size? Any experience with the Hondas? We have a 50A Classic.


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Old 01-19-2017, 12:40 AM   #2
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If you want an opinion, you have certainly come to the right place to find many.

I have had a set of the 2k Hondas for six years and have been quite satisfied with the choice. The Yamahas are also an excellent product. Size and output is best determined by individual use patterns and both manufacturers have models that fit various profiles.

In my case, I have a rather large piece of property and use my generators to do work too far from the house and shop for extensions cords so they are the perfect solution for both property maintenance and camping. My trailer is a 30 amp connection.

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Old 01-19-2017, 03:14 AM   #3
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After looking at honda's and yamaha's i went with yamaha it has a gas shut off that lets you run all of the gas of the carb so it wont gum up and fail to start next time.
Then instaled a propaine conversion. 2000 watt works o.k.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:18 AM   #4
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I have had 2 Honda 2000s since we bought our AS. They have worked well for us. However as a previous poster said the Yamaha is also very good. IMO u just have to choose the one that fits your needs the best
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Forget Honda. It's good, but expensive. This one will run one of your ACs and comes already ready for propane or gas.
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:47 AM   #6
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I've had the Honda eu2000 and now a Yamaha 2400. Both are excellent. Generally you get what you pay for. Just be sure what you get is campsite quiet least you generate grumpy neighbors.
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We have had and used two Honda 2000's for the past nine years. We have been very happy with their performance over the years. We have recently replaced them with a Honda 3000 as we are in the process of changing our camping style.

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If it matters to you keep weight in mind. The 2000w generators are generally in the 40 lb range while the 3000w generators are double the weight at least. You have to decide what works for you.
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:48 PM   #9
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Ok so you pay $950 for a new Honda 2000 use it for 10 years of trouble free service.It will still sell for $400-$500.Do the math.Lol

Off brands cost more in the long run.

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Old 01-20-2017, 04:22 AM   #10
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The most important thing to remember of gas generators is NEVER PUT IN ETHANOL GAS.

I have seven generators with one being a Honda EZ3500. I run tank dry when I am doing exercise runs every few months. There is a drain on the carb or actually a plug that has to be removed to drain the carb.

In the Honda I run Mobil 1 10W30 synthetic which will run longer between changes. Most generators call for changing every 25 hours using conventional oil. I use SAE30 in those. My diesel calls for changing every 150 hours.

As indicated by Scott they can get heavy once you get past the 2000 watt range. The 5 KW rigs start at about 100 lbs and go upwards of 479 lbs for a 5KW military.

Then you have to consider how much you intend to run one. The portable ones are designed for intermittent use where the military units will run for 2500 to 15,000 hours.
But as indicated they are massive and not easily handled.

I have a friend who arrived in Saudi and his building had a MEP802 5KW generator dedicated to a big AC unit that ran 24/7 It was running when he arrived. Oil and filter changed every 150 hours and it ran 24/7 the six months he was there and was running when he left. It was shut down about 15 minutes every 150 hours and fuel supplied from a 1000 gal tank. He got the same unit and hooked to his house and he ran his house 24 hours a day on 5 gal of diesel. The 802 is so quiet that you can stand on opposite side of unit and have a conversation and not have to yell or use ear protection though I do have a 5KW military that requires ear protection and is quite loud even with an additional muffler added.

There is a Champion at Camper World with wiring for 120 V and 30 amp for like 300.00. I have one NIB I have not opened yet which I plan to use and not that heavy. It will never see ethanol gas.

I am not a fan of onboard generators. Our fire department just went to a motor home whose on board caught fire and burned the whole rig up. But then again there are folks that run them constantly so figure the odds.

I have also been in three homes where the toaster caught fire on kitchen counter and had not been used in weeks. Thus we plug and unplug toaster for every use. I have been in three homes where the wiring in the attic started arcing and it was heard and we were called and got there before the house went up. In every case the electrician used wire nuts and did not pre turn the wiring before installing the wire nuts. When our house was rewired there are now only two sets of wire nuts in entire house, both pre wound, both soldered before applying nuts and taped + and - away from each other and suspended in air.

Also be prepared to shelter the generator from rain and don't sit it in low area subject to flooding.
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Originally Posted by FCStreamer View Post
Forget Honda. It's good, but expensive. This one will run one of your ACs and comes already ready for propane or gas.

I agree with FCStreamer. I bought the dual fuel 3500 Champion. It's as quiet (59 DB) as running two Hondas or Yamaha to get similar power, I only have to carry one instead two and as FCStreamer said, it will power your rear 13,500 a/c. Only slight downside is the weight at about 89 pounds. But it has wheels and a pull up handle. Nice unit.

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Originally Posted by FCStreamer View Post
Forget Honda. It's good, but expensive. This one will run one of your ACs and comes already ready for propane or gas.
That is, if you are able to lift 105 pounds. Not suitable for retirees or normal-sized people, without risk of serious back damage.
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What about this one as an alternative to the Honda or Yamaha?
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Old 01-26-2017, 01:41 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Hummer View Post
The most important thing to remember of gas generators is NEVER PUT IN ETHANOL GAS.
Compatibility of materials is a real issue for older cars, boats, generators, etc as the seals and gaskets are not ethanol tolerant. However the manufacturers are well aware of the issues and the new gaskets and seals are designed for ethanol exposure. Having said that, I'll never put ethanol in my new Honda generator. Why you might ask? Because I have the Genconnex propane conversion 😜

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