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Old 05-18-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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We have a 19ft Bambi and would like to purchase a quiet generator for boondocking.
We were looking at a Honda EU2000i Inverter Generator....Is this a smart buy?? We realize it wont run the AC but hope to not need AC much.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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My advice is to look at the Yamaha 2400 iHSC. Compare it to the Honda 2000. It was tested and rated in a comparison of generators and came out the champ. It costs more for a reason- more power, designed for motors (starting) with capacitor temp overload, direct drive versus, belt driven, has fuel gauge, available in tri-fuel (propane, gas, natural gas) versions, has longer life rating than Honda by Federal testing, etc, etc. Depending on what AC you have it will run that too. My 11,000 BTU unit works fine with it. I ordered the tri-fuel model and it works on my propane tank too. The #1 problem with generators is gummed carbs from old gasoline and occasional use. This is even more an issue with corn fuel ethanol. If you order from a Yamaha dealer WITH the conversion done by them, it is warranted. You can do it yourself too. As far as noise, they are about equal according to the test. The Honda was reported as quieter at an idle with no load but loaded it was louder. The Yamaha, quieter under a load than Honda. The ONLY negative I have ever heard is that it weighs about 25lbs more than the Honda but the extra power is nice in a single running unit. So, there ya go.
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I, too, would like to purchase a generator. Is there a big one that can run a 50 amp trailer, but still stow in the bed of the pickup under a tonneau cover?
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I, too, would like to purchase a generator. Is there a big one that can run a 50 amp trailer, but still stow in the bed of the pickup under a tonneau cover?
You might consider purchasing two Honda EU2000 generators; you can get them with a kit that allows you to run both in sync to provide double the output to a single shore power cord.

This has some advantages:
1 - When you only need one, only use one; only use both when you need both. Generators work best when operating between 50% and 75% of their rated load. Running a larger generator at idle when you don't have much load isn't the best strategy for the longevity of the gasoline engine.
2 - Two smaller generators will be easier to load and unload than one larger generator, due to the lighter weight of each generator.
3 - Backup. If for some reason one won't start, the other might, and you'll still be able to operate at lower capacity until you can repair the one that doesn't start.
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We went with two Honda 2000s (one regular and one Companion) for the simple reasons of weight and flexibility (plus we have 4000w when paralleled, which is enough to do everything). We bought the Companion first and the Regular model 18 mo later after we decided we really did need to have two for those times when AC is necessary. That having been said, we have friends who are completely happy with the Yamaha 2400w, but they can lift more than I can! Both Hondas and Yamahas are great machines.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #6
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We like our Honda twin eu2000s. We carry only one when AC is not needed, take both when we need AC.

I also have the extended run gasoline tank. It is a handy way to carry fuel and have extended run times.

I do keep stabil fuel additive in my fuel supply, and make it a point to buy ethanol free fuel.

Over the winter, I drain the fuel tanks and run the generators out of fuel.

I do this to most of my small engines and don't have fouled carb trouble.

I have entertained propane conversion, but have not seen real proof that handling propane cylinders is any easier than gasoline tanks. Changing 30# cylinders on the tongue is a pain, too.

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We have had our Honda 2000i for 5 years, have used it about 200 hours now with no problems. As recommended by others I use Stabil (a fuel additive) and run the generator at least 15 minutes once per month and have had no problems with the the gasoline gumming up. I always have gasoline in the genny's tank, leave it in my garage in case of power outages. It runs about 7 hours on the generator's own gas tank when set on 'eco'. You can take an empty gas can along with you and fill it up right before going into the camp site if concerned about carrying gasoline with you.

It is nice and quiet in the campground, keeps the trailer battery's charged nicely. Our trailer is stored in a lot with no power, gen comes in handy there. If I run the gen for two hours per month the trailer battery's stay sufficiently charged.

Hope this helps, Pat
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A Honda 2000 would be a good choice as well as the Yamaha 2000. If you have a 11,000 Btuh AC unit you can even use it with the AC. If a 13,500 btuh, then probably the Yamaha 2400 watt one is a better choice. If you don't care about the AC, the 2000 watt versions are fine.

A good friend is off grid at his home, using solar mostly but some generator use in the winter. He recently replaced his Honda 2000 with a Yamaha 2000, but the Honda did have over 5000 hours on it, and it still runs well, but uses a little oil. They both are good machines.

I personally have a Honda 1000 and a Honda 3000. Both have been very reliable.
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A generator, or in the case of wanting additional power for A/C, and running them in parrallel which is not a complicated deal, you plug in a set of wires that comes with the companion. I agree with Protag, TB, Jdal and others on the set of Honda generators for the reasons they gave. I have the two and they have run flawlessly for several years. I too use a stablization additive in the gas, but I start them once a month over the winter versus draining them. I use them to run power tools when working around the acerage where there isn't any power.
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Thanks everyone for all the great advice!!!! VERY HELPFUL!!! We will check out getting a Yahmaha 2400 iHSC or a companion generator for the Honda EU2000i if we go for the Honda....We have an 11,000 Btu AC for our 19ft International Bambi...
Thanks for all the reminders about the fuel gumming up in a generator....First thing tomorrow morn I will go out and start up our HOME generator,,gooodness! it has been months.....
Cant wait to Boondock. Generator for the Tin Sub is next on the List....
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I do quite a bit of boon docking...I use a small 4 stroke Coleman generator to charge my battery my buddy has the even smaller 2 stroke Coleman.

They are not that loud and hard to beat for a little over a hundred bucks.
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Thanks for all the reminders about the fuel gumming up in a generator....First thing tomorrow morn I will go out and start up our HOME generator,,gooodness! it has been months.....
For years I've used only Amoco then BP premium white gas in all my small engines without any additives and knock on wood I haven't had a fuel system problem in 20 plus years.
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We have the Honda 2000. We never run our air when boondocking. The extra weight of the bigger generator is the deal killer. My back aches with the thought of lugging it around.
Gummed up carburetors are easy to prevent. When you are finished using the generator and plan to store it for a while, run it out of fuel. Wait you are not done yet. There is a drain screw (medium size flat blade) on the bottom of the carburetor, open it and the little bit of fuel will drain out through the plastic hose onto the ground. If you are confused, it is explained in the owners' manual. With nothing in the carb, it will not gum up. A few extra pulls on the starter with the choke on will get it going next time.
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If you do not plan to run AC the Honda 1000 will do everything that 2000 will. 1000 is better choice in such a case.
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