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Old 09-25-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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champion 3500 watt generator?

I've been brewing about this for a month. I did not want to spend 2k on a couple of little hondas so I could boondock. So, I did a lot of research and settled on two 200 watt champions stacked at 600 a piece. Well, when I went to order I saw cabelas had the 3500-4000 watt generator on sale with free shipping for$319. Like a half price sale. I looked at all of the reviews and out of 100+, it got like a 4.8 of 5. Anyone with any experience running an airstream ac with one? I ordered it to try it out. It's a heavy sob. May regret it. Cabelas will probably take it back. Just lugging it around the living room makes me think I should have gotten the two 45lb stackables. What do yall think?
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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How are the sound levels compared to the Honda? My local military exchange sells the Champion brand and have them at very good prices with no sales tax.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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I got the Champion 3500-4000 in time for a one-week power outage June 30. It ran the 13,500 AC plus our garage freezer and kitchen refer (in the house). Ran for a week straight just a little louder than a comparab0le Honda. I didn't get it for camping. On sale at CW for about $300. plus $50. for wheels kit with free shipping. Not sure if its still on sale. Sal.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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This winter I'm carrying a "vintage" Honda 850. Starts st pull and will run battery charger and refer. Sal.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:48 AM   #5
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I had one of those. It worked well. Got tired of carrying it around. I sold it to my nephew for a 100 bucks. I got me two Honda 2000's. I am alot happier with the Honda's.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:40 PM   #6
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I have one of these. It runs the AC OK but it is noisy. The voltage may not be as clean as the inverter type generators. Some say this might be a problem with your electronic gadgets.

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I've been brewing about this for a month. I did not want to spend 2k on a couple of little hondas so I could boondock. So, I did a lot of research and settled on two 200 watt champions stacked at 600 a piece. Well, when I went to order I saw cabelas had the 3500-4000 watt generator on sale with free shipping for$319. Like a half price sale. I looked at all of the reviews and out of 100+, it got like a 4.8 of 5. Anyone with any experience running an airstream ac with one? I ordered it to try it out. It's a heavy sob. May regret it. Cabelas will probably take it back. Just lugging it around the living room makes me think I should have gotten the two 45lb stackables. What do yall think?
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:17 PM   #7
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We have one of these, it runs the AC fine, but it's noisy and some times I have to pull the cord 3 times to start it.

I'd love to have a 3000 Honda, but for the $1700 price diference I'll likely live with the extra noise for a long time.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:32 PM   #8
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Thinks for the responses on the noise. I actually think more about the noise bothering neighbors than myself, so I think I would pass on the Champion for trailer use. Honda really seems the way to go, extra cost or not. I recently saw a video test comparing the Honda vs Champion 2000 models. Champion seemed to not be able to handle near the load of the Honda. One at a time they had them both connected to a table saw and the Champion would cut out every time the saw was turned on. The Honda kept right on chugging along.
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