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Old 12-01-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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Honda 3500 generator

I have an opportunity to buy a Honda 3500 genset. Would that be adequate for my 2800 international? Thanks!
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I have an opportunity to buy a Honda 3500 genset. Would that be adequate for my 2800 international? Thanks!
Yup, depending upon your load. The 3500 would easily run a 13.5K AC/heat strip and a few lights, TV, and the microwave. Depending on the age of the microwave, you may need to alternate with the AC. Would be careful if using electricity for the water heater.

Here’s an easy chart to give you an idea of power consumption: Generator Load Management Basics | Funroads RV Travel
and another with more details: http://rvservices.koa.com/rvinformat...d-amp-draw.asp

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Might be noisy, but would run everything. Or do you mean a 3000?
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I have an opportunity to buy a Honda 3500 genset. Would that be adequate for my 2800 international? Thanks!
You should check your owners manual for the 28's various electric loads, and then compare them to the rated output of the 3500. This will permit you to make your own determination from the basic facts IMO. If you have added electrical loads you need (like an indoor or outdoor toaster oven, microwave, etc. etc.) you can decide which alternative gen is right for your use.
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I have an older Honda 3500 Gen set and it runs our 34' just fine. You do have to watch if you draw too much, just the same as being plugged in to 30 amp service. Only drawback is the weight of the unit and the noise. Chris
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Honda and many other generators make two basic types of generator - one for "construction" and one for homes/RV's/businesses. The contractor generator is so noisy it'll drive you insane if you have to run it anywhere near people.

Cheap that will get you thrown out of a campground or rally isn't a good deal... and the big ones do weigh a LOT.

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Thanks to all. Some great info that I was not aware of. I think I will do the twin Honda 2000.
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I think I will do the twin Honda 2000.
I came to the same conclusion. The 3500 is quite heavy--a two person job to lift. The paired 2000's can be loaded by one person and weigh less combined than the single 3500. Noise-wise, you do have two gens running (sometimes) but these units are remarkably quiet.
You won't go wrong with either Honda or Yamaha and both are about the same price point, as I recall.
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I too have been prepping for a gen purchase. For our type of use either the Yamaha or Honda rise to the very top of the pile. My research tells me that most others are made in China & a service/repair network in non existent.
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