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Old 12-27-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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Honda or Yamaha Generator

Our Airstream is on order 27 FB Serenity and we want to purchase an quiet invertor generator. What is recommended? We want to be able to power up the AC.

This is our first trailer and generators are one of the larger add on expenses so we are hoping to avoid mistakes.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:54 PM   #2
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Both brands have their fans. I have a 25 year old little Honda that just keeps on ticking along. The new ones seem quiter and a better balanced power output.
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Check the power demand of your AC unit to make sure that the generator you get will be sufficient. My guess is it's a 13.5k btu unit and will require a 3000w minimum to run. If it's a smaller unit you may get away with a smaller generator but check to be sure. From what I gather the Honda EU3000is is one of the quietest but it is also electric start and so is pretty heavy. If you plan on having to move it around a lot this should be considered. Yamaha also makes good units and may be comparable but I think that Honda gets most votes. Honda also makes a 3000w unit that does not have electric start and is much lighter BUT from what I gather it is also noisier and a smaller fuel capacity so shorter run times. Do some homework and see which unit/manufacturer works best for your usage. I'm in the same boat and currently mulling the decision.
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We have a pair of Honda 2000s that we have had for seven years. We have never had a problem with either of them. It takes both of them in tandem to run the air conditioner or heat pump. Without the a/c, one will run the trailer.

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Old 12-27-2014, 04:42 PM   #5
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Something to consider; where is the closest authorized repair shop to your house? I think both are excellent motors but components change over the years. Something built 5 years ago may be completely different from what you'll be buying today. I think either brand would be a good choice but Honda has the closest authorized repair to our house. That's the brand I'll be going with.

My Dometic A/C is 15,000 btu. There is a chart that is part of the documentation, specifying minimum generator size. For a single unit, 13,500 or 15,000 btu, it says 3.5 kw generator. It does say that Dometic provides GENERAL guidelines for generator requirements. It also says you should consider your total power usage when selecting a generator. So although I'd like to have a single unit, 2-2000 watt generators would supply what I need for my unit.

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Old 12-28-2014, 11:40 AM   #6
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Both are good. Just check your requirements and go with the best price. Two smaller ones linked together might be easier to tote around. I have 2 Yamaha's with no complaints.
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Our Airstream is on order 27 FB Serenity and we want to purchase an quiet invertor generator. What is recommended? We want to be able to power up the AC.

This is our first trailer and generators are one of the larger add on expenses so we are hoping to avoid mistakes.

Thank you in advance.
Both units are excellent, like you we spend sometime researching what was best for us in terms of noise, weight, performance and price, the winner was Yamaha. We have a 28ft 2014 Intl and we jus got a pair of Ef2000is for our rig. To power your AC undoubtable you will need to run in paralel both units. Check this site www.yamahagenerators.com, they have a great combo deal with free shipping and the sidewinder cable to run both units at once.
Hope this help.
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I can back up Moosetag...although it may look like a hassle hooking up the two @2,000s in tandem to run the AC (which you'll have to do for the AC)...you can leave one (about 50lbs) at home whenever you don't see the need for AC..and enjoy the reduced weight and small size of a small portable unit that will take care of the rest of your AS demands. Enjoy! jon.
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I agree with moosetags. Both brands are excellant generators.
I have a pair of Honda 2000's for eight years now without any problems. I chose them because of the weight. I can lift them into the bed of my truck. I take one with me even when I know I will be staying at full hookup parks. Emergencies do happen on the road. Electric power and a small compressor can be a lifesaver for you or some other stranded RVer. Drain the carbs at the end of every trip, change the oil every season and enjoy.
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I think it's 6 of one or a 1/2 dozen of the other. Here, the same shop sells them both.
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