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Old 08-21-2015, 11:19 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Mrjkq View Post
Debating mentally ...Honda vs Yahama. Both have great reputations, both 2000's can be parelled. Yesterday a online add advertised the Yahama for $869, very tempting. I initially was all Honda but the Yahama has two features I really like, larger fuel tank & a fuel shut off so you can cut the fuel supply while the genarator is still running emptying the carburetor thus preventing stale fuel from gumming it up.
Something you might want to consider is the Yamaha 2400 unit for around 1300.00, 200 more if you want tri-fuel with additional options installed by US Carburation. It does weigh around 75 lbs compared to the Honda at 50 lbs.

I've been reading a lot about these and the Yamaha 2400 has high output surge to run a 1350 BTU AC unit. Hoping not to need AC, but I do want to travel into desert climates at times.

some features I like about the Yamaha:
1. typical outside-accessible rope, easier to repair.
2.. 2500w rated, 2800 surge (efg2800 series), can start AC unit
3.. separate fuel shutoff. possible to turn it off and let the carb run dry
4. 3 gal tank with gauge, Honda has no fuel guage.

I'm planning on the 1557.74 with free shipping: Yamaha Propane and Natural Gas Generators | Yamaha Generator

1. tachometer
2. tri-fuel: natural gas, gasoline, propane
3. engine regulator with tach allows elevation fine tuning, which seems to be an issue for many generators.

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Old 08-21-2015, 12:20 PM   #30
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For Firstwave: I have two 2000s ( one regular and one companion) both converted to LP right out of the box. Never had gas in either. I have not run a test for fuel burn rate, but I'm about to set up for a trip. I always run both generators before leaving. If nobody else answers your question I'll weigh a 20 lb LP tank, run a generator on full speed for an timed hour and reweigh to share a measured answer with you and anyone else intested.

For all: Here in Florida we have a term for people who show up without enough generator capacity to run their AC: "Yankee". We travel without a firm plan,and use the generators for AC fairly often especially in the afternoon and evening (rarely all night) if we land in a place without power (including places in Kansas and Wyoming this summer where it was over 90 both places at dinner time).

For what it's worth, the two EU2000s run the AC without complaint (our EB 25 has a single Dometic 15,000 BTU AC/heat pump). They will NOT run the AC and the microwave simultaneously (we have the factory option Sharp micro/convection). Nor will a single 2000 run the microwave with any other load on the system.

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Old 08-21-2015, 12:40 PM   #31
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Great post, GammaDog. Thank you.
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:19 PM   #32
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That is a good price!
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:51 PM   #33
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How much is the companion?
That price is $100-200 less than usual.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:00 PM   #34
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I would be very careful about buying this model, ask for one still in the box, this one doesn't sit level and the gas likely will run out...

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Old 08-21-2015, 02:07 PM   #35
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Have had my two Hondas for years... quiet, efficient, long lasting... I do occasionally boondock where I need the AC. You can get a special fuel tank to feed both of them simultaneously if need be. I paid about $950 each for mine on sale many many years ago... so that is a great price... I'm 65... so I do not want to be horsing around a larger generator in and out of the truck... this set up works for me...
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Old 08-21-2015, 03:42 PM   #36
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I have 2 (one companion) and love them. I typed in Honda Generator on Google and found a site with very good prices. I bought them 2 years ago and paid like $700. they came well packed and have ran great.
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Old 08-21-2015, 04:09 PM   #37
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If considering one of these with desire to run AC, talk with Lew Farber here. In touch with him recently as I want him to design and install an AM a Solar system in our AS when we get it, rather than order AS option for solar. I'm 99% sure he said a Honda 2000 will run AC in a certain arrangement with a solar power kit.


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Old 08-21-2015, 04:51 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by firstwave View Post
I don't think I would boondock anywhere that I needed air conditioner. I would like to have one to power the coffee maker, toaster and recharge the batteries.
I would also prefer the one with the 30amp outlet but not sure it is worth and extra $200.
Wonder if Sams is a authorized Honda dealer.

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Old 08-21-2015, 06:55 PM   #39

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Honda has a track record. I have had 4 Honda 2000i over the years. Never sent one in for repair. Even bought one of them on Craigslist and it looked like it had a hard life. Worked like it was new. Buy it before they raise the price.

Don't believe that high output surge stuff and a 1350 won't do the job on most Airstreams in California. My two Hondas run a 1500 btu Domestic Penguin on eco throttle. One is enough for boondocking but if you want to cool down you need two.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:15 PM   #40
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Thanks GammaDog. I'd bet I'm not the only one that would be interested in Lp run times for the Honda. I already carry a 20#LP bottle for my grill and would prefer not to carry a gas can too.
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Originally Posted by KJRitchie View Post
Are two EU2000s running together in companion mode noisier than a Honda Handi 3000w generator?

There are 2 generators Honda makes in the 3000 range. One is very loud and mainly for contractors. The other is fairly quiet. Check the decibel specs. 2 2000I generators make little more noise than only one.
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I have the Honda Eu20001 and the Eu2000i Companion. Unbelievably reliable. Unbelievably quiet.

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