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Old 03-07-2014, 12:38 AM   #15
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I chose the Yamaha 2400 for our Trade Wind with a Dometic 13,500 AC and have been very satisfied. Trouble free, quiet, and light enough that I can carry it.

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Old 03-07-2014, 02:20 AM   #16
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By comparison, will the Honda 3000 run longer, fuel capacity wise, compared to the two EU 2000 Honda's? I believe the weight on the 3000 is 170lbs?
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What adapter should I use if I go for the Yamaha 2400 It only has regular electrical outlets and not the 30 amp?
I going to look at one today used for only $700.00. Must supposed to have a 100 hrs on it, seems a lot. Is there something I should look for when checking it over? Thanks for everyone's input.
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It may have been mentioned by someone in their reply, but regarding the flexibility issue, we have found that a single 2000i will run everything in our AS (including the coffee maker) other than air conditioning. We only carrier the "companion" when a/c is going to be needed.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:06 AM   #19
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There are some good options here. The new Dometic shared might be a great choice. Check to see if it is Chinese- then PROBABLY no parts and a toss out later down the road- dunno. The price of the Honda 3000 you found will make a difference. How many hours on it? If you choose a new one I would still consider Yamaha for the direct drive and tri-fuel option. You can make most any of them tri-fuel but if you order from that dealer in West Virginia, the dealer does the conversion and it is "a dealer" that is responsible for any error drilling into the carb, etc. Be aware that if you DO consider Yamaha the HC in the name of various models is "high current" which basically means that they are designed to operate with motors drawing initial high current to start (like air conditioner compressors/fans) with capacitors that give higher capabilities for so many seconds. There is an older 2400 without the HC designation so take note. I too run my generator on LP since it does not gum up the carb- considered the #1 service call on generators. The tri-fuel option is about $300 or so to the cost.
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One version of the Honda 3000 is lighter and noisier than the second older version offered. The second version is quieter than a 2000 but heavier. Go to the Honda site. Jim
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Here is a clip regarding the only issue I found with Yamahas known as surging and, it is related to using gasoline on an non HC 2400. They have an automated RPM circuit. The clip shows the issue and the easy fix. Yamaha has an iron sleeve and metal cam.

How to fix a surging Yamaha EF2400iS generator - YouTube
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I'd check the ability of the Yamaha to handle a 15K a/c unit along with other needs. I've heard different opinions about that. It could be workable by managing the use of various "drains" in the AS.
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What adapter should I use if I go for the Yamaha 2400 It only has regular electrical outlets and not the 30 amp?
I going to look at one today used for only $700.00. Must supposed to have a 100 hrs on it, seems a lot. Is there something I should look for when checking it over? Thanks for everyone's input.
100 hours on a Honda or Yamaha is nothing. I have a friend who uses his Honda 2000 for back up on his off grid solar powered home. The Honda has probably 4000 + hours on it now. It burns a little oil, but otherwise still is doing just fine.
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We have two Honda 2000, one is a companion with the 30AMP plug. Running the air and all other appliances is fine, except the Fridge, I keep that on gas. Running the A/C and both generators the fuel will last about 4 hours. I have a auxiliary tank that provides fuel to both generators when they run out. It's a pain, but when I use it they will staying running for over eight ours. They are loud as are all campground stand alone gens. I don't like using them for that reason, but do when no one else is around.

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I'd check the ability of the Yamaha to handle a 15K a/c unit along with other needs. I've heard different opinions about that. It could be workable by managing the use of various "drains" in the AS.
I know that the 2400 is certified to carry a 13,500 AC load. I can run the AC and my microwave in my test; however, I have an 11,000 BTU unit.
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If it hasn't been stated, you can add remote start to the 3000. I had a 3000 and a pair of 2000's. I sold the 3000 with my power boat, I installed the remote start kit which made it a pleasure to use. With the 2 2000's you have a backup. Really a toss up.
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another factor you may want to consider is the weight of the larger one. especially if you have to lift it in out of your vehicle. The older one gets the heavy it becomes.
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ILOVESALLY, I would certainly look at the used Honda unit. Seven hundred seems like a good price. You need to hear it run (smoothly) and take a heat gun or some small high wattage device(s) to plug into it to make a load. Let it warm up too and test again. It needs to run about 10 minutes then put as much load as you can on it. If you have a couple hair dryers 15-1600 watt. You can run one on high and work the other one at various settings. Just an idea.

As others have stated, larger units weigh more. A 3000 is 134lbs, a Yam 2400 74lbs, two 2000s 47lbs each. I use a dolly for mine with a ramp on the truck to the bed.

The last thing to consider, are you comfortable to buy it and do the maintenance on it right away for the 100 hours already used? If so you may have found a bargain. How old is it? Why are they selling it? --are good questions to ask.

If you buy new, I have already shared the Yamaha brand. Honda is good too but I point out that Honda has a plastic cam and several plastic components in the engine including the belt. The belts are $20 but servicing is not cheap. I have a Honda mower and really like it. Another point is it depends on what ELSE you may want to run while the AC is being used with the generator. If not much, then you can get by on a 2400isHC. The Honda 2000 is not an option unless you buy two with the connection kit as it will not run your AC. There is a 250 watt difference between a Dometic 11K and 13.5K AC so if I can run my microwave and the AC, it should run your AC with no trouble. If it were me I would go for the used 3000 first then consider a tri-fuel Yammy 2400 as a new option. Ironically the new one would be about double the cost of the used one. Oh, ask the owner to open the left side cover and look around at the engine while running for leaks, wet oil, etc. There may be some buildup but should not be wet oil.
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