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Old 08-19-2019, 10:26 AM   #1
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I am sure this topic has been discussed before but I can't seem to find a good thread on this. We are considering the Honda Eu220i for boon-docking. We do not plan to use the AC while running the generator. We are pretty simple campers. We only need the generator to run the appliances and TV. We use a small portable solar powered charger for charging the batteries when not hooked to shore power. The Honda has great reviews, it is light weight and seems to run a long time on less than a gallon of gas. Does anybody use this as a stand alone generator? We do not want the companion since we have no intentions of ever running two generators.

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Old 08-19-2019, 10:43 AM   #2
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Hello All

I am sure this topic has been discussed before but I can't seem to find a good thread on this. We are considering the Honda Eu220i for boon-docking. We do not plan to use the AC while running the generator. We are pretty simple campers. We only need the generator to run the appliances and TV. We use a small portable solar powered charger for charging the batteries when not hooked to shore power. The Honda has great reviews, it is light weight and seems to run a long time on less than a gallon of gas. Does anybody use this as a stand alone generator? We do not want the companion since we have no intentions of ever running two generators.

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Yes their are many threads on "the best generator subject".
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...or-188979.html
ETC.

However you just can't beat a Honda.
I have 2- Honda EU2000i gens. We purchased them new in 20012. I just rebuilt both carbs (super easy) this spring. Ethanol in our fuel causes water and gunk to collect in the bowl of all small engines, lawn mowers, chain saws, etc. Propane conversion will end that headache. I do not use fuels with ethanol any more, Propane, True Fuel, Aviation fuel and if you are lucky your Union 76 station, check around. Parts and service are everywhere for Honda's as well as Yamaha's and they are the quietest.

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I like my Honda 2000 that I have been using for 9 years. It is a Companion model and I like the twist lock connector for my 30 amp cord. And you could run the AC with the 2200 if you choose to.
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What appliances do you want to run, other than the TV? Microwave? In that case, stick with a EU2200, but if just TV and battery charging, a 1000w generator is plenty. Keep in mind also that you can add an inverter to watch the TV in peace and quiet, and use the generator later to charge the batteries if needed.
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Regarding the ethanol fuel issue: If you can't get ethanol-free gas, just run the carburetor dry before storing the generator. Honda makes this harder than Yamaha, because on a Yamaha you can just shut off the fuel flow and it'll pull all the fuel from the carb until it dies. I *THOUGHT* the shutoff on my Briggs and Strattons would work that way, but it shuts down the engine in addition to closing the fuel valve, leaving fuel in the carbs. Now I just run them dry, which is easy enough to do with the 2k-class generators' smaller tanks. It wasn't a trivial thing on my 3k Yamaha with a 3.5 gal tank, so I used the fuel valve.
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Honda makes this harder than Yamaha, because on a Yamaha you can just shut off the fuel flow and it'll pull all the fuel from the carb until it dies.
The Honda 2200i now includes a fuel shutoff that you turn, and burn off the fuel in the carburetor.

To the OP: If you go with the EU2200i, you might consider going with a propane conversion as well. No worry about stale gas, messy refilling, and carrying gasoline. You can just hook it up to your trailers propane port (if equipped) or carry a grill-sized bottle of propane, rather than gasoline. Lots of conversion options, I like the Genconnex one, which is a very neat install. You can buy the DIY kit from them, or buy one converted directly from them.
Lastly, there are dual-fuel options that allow for gasoline or propane. Propane is so easy to acquire and carry, I just went with propane-only.
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Hutch mountain dual fuel kit is excellent for the Honda 2000-2200! Easy installation and true dual fuel, you never know. Do get the companion, no difference other than the ability to plug in your 30 amp cord directly.
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I have Honda E5000 use for back up if power goes also sometimes boon docking. Out of shed yesterday stored full of fuel w/stabilizer for 3yrs. started first pull, IMO honda gens are great, also have 3 smaller hf gens they also start first pull. Had Champion returned 3 hrs. after pur. was not satisfied hard start also other prob.
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We just came back from 5 nights boon docking. We used our Honda 2200 twice to charge up the batteries..... once for 1 3/4hrs once for 1 hr.... we went 3 nights until the first charge.
We have 2 quality 6 volts golf cart batteries.
We didnt use the furnace and no AC.
Mostly we were using lights / water pump...... wife needs hairdryer for 5 min every morning (using inverter)
You will find if you are watching TV and using your inverter alot you'll need to charge a bit more but the Honda handles it all no problems.
I can get about 8 hrs out of a tank of gas.
You'll find that if you ran the honda for 2 hrs as you watched a movie you probably would have no need for the solar as your batteries would have a good charge..... this is also a good time to have all your chargers plug in (computers/phones etc)
Make sure you secure it as they love to steal Hondas!!
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Eu3000, 15 y.o., runs/cranks like the first day I bought it. Does double duty as home backup power. Never had any mechanical issues, but do turn off fuel and run it dry when not using.
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Yamaha 3000iESB on propane for 14 years, not a burp. It will out last me.
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OK - yes, you can get a Honda. I have one in the garage. Nice generator. We like the propane version, but that adds cost.

You can buy the Champion dual fuel for about half. Nice generator with good reports by users and you can burn propane or gasoline for no additional cost.

That 1000watt generator suggestion is a nice idea. Very quiet.

Quiet is golden. Portable solar works for some.

MC - the 2000s are not 30 amp service. More like 15amp. That's why the companion is added to get 30 amp service for AC.

Red is a nice color. Yellow ain't bad. Pat
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Regarding the ethanol fuel issue: If you can't get ethanol-free gas, just run the carburetor dry before storing the generator. Honda makes this harder than Yamaha, because on a Yamaha you can just shut off the fuel flow and it'll pull all the fuel from the carb until it dies. I *THOUGHT* the shutoff on my Briggs and Strattons would work that way, but it shuts down the engine in addition to closing the fuel valve, leaving fuel in the carbs. Now I just run them dry, which is easy enough to do with the 2k-class generators' smaller tanks. It wasn't a trivial thing on my 3k Yamaha with a 3.5 gal tank, so I used the fuel valve.
Honda may not have a way to shut off fuel flow with the generator running but there actually is a quicker and more efficient way to empty the carb than running the gen out of fuel. Siphon the fuel from the tank. While the tank is emptying, open the access cover (one screw) and drain the carb with the built in drain line and bleed valve. Takes about 2 minutes for the whole process.
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