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Old 01-13-2016, 07:03 PM   #1
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Age is catching up...time for a pair of EU2000i's

When we purchased our Bambi in 2012, I began researching generator threads here. I made the choice of the Honda EU3000is for a number of reasons...it's being the quietest generator available amongst those!
At 215 pounds, 6'3" and in the last year of my 40's, I felt that the 150 pounds with a full tank was workable...I knew that I'd have trouble lifting it at some point but, I so loved that generator...
I've recently been working through a bout of tendinitis in my hip, orthopedic Dr, physical therapy etc, when I mentioned lifting the generator to the physical therapist...you'd have thought I'd admitted to all of the sins of the Old Testament at once!
After being reminded that I am no longer 20 years old, I was instructed to forget about lifting that kind of weight for recreation. Not if I wanted to avoid more physical therapy.
Anyway, I knew this day was coming and as much as I loved that generator (powerful and quiet!) I lifted it one final time into the back of my F-150 and drove it to the local Honda dealer to negotiate a trade... Hey, in spite of what my wife might say, I do as I'm told!

An hour later I came home with a pair of EU2000i generators, still in their box (my request, I trust almost no one to do my mechanical chores). One is the Companion, the other the base model. Oil, fuel and one pull later they were up and running. Not as quiet as the 3000 but still incredibly quiet and so light!

On a parting note, the 3000 did have its revenge, I had to pick it up one final time, no real issues doing that in four years and I "tweaked" my hip again!

Guess it was not a second too soon to trade it in!

Now to finish up the annual maintenance and on to Florida to find a place to give those new generators a real test!
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Take Care Bruce! Hope you all enjoy the warm weather. Sounds like good therapy to me!

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So THATS who BugsBunny is! 😃

We could make this an NEU thread 😃

Bruce - I talked with a company in MA about converting my Hondas (we have the 2000 and companion) to propane - we want to run them off our 30# tanks. They are fairly easy to lift/move - never had the 3000 to compare...

Good luck with the hip! Have fun in FL!
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Hi Steve
We have a pair of 30 pound tanks too...
I only know that propane will reduce the output of the generator a bit and that engines run fairly clean on propane.
I'll probably wait a bit as warranty is voided but it is an intriguing idea!
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Yup. Sometimes one reaches the point quote, i cant do this sh,,t anymore unquote. Then we adapt as you did. Good job.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:34 AM   #6
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Hey, Bruce!

Good to see you back on here!

Have a safe and enjoyable trip south, maybe stop at Alumalina on your way back?


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Although I'm only 55, since getting the AS, I have been preparing for retirement style travel and when I think through a mod , TV purchase, accessory, etc. I have been thinking of the progression of limited physical abilities and buying with that as a decision factor. I figure if I wait till something becomes difficult, I may not be able to afford a swap out of a "mistake" when income becomes limited.
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Now that you've already traded it...

On my trip last summer I met a SOB owner who went into a drool fest when he saw my Airstream and while I was touring his trailer - a bigger Scamp, it was obvious he was into deep boondocking.

Then he showed me the bed of his pickup truck, complete with a Honda 3000, a heavy duty ramp and a winch mounted to the forward wall of the truck bed. He said he started out with an ordinary "come along" but had gotten lazy after he injured a shoulder and elbow in an accident.

He had built a custom cover for the bed - sort of a modified utility bed that hid and secured the generator, and had an attachable chimney so that he could run the generator on the bed, even with the lid closed.

Why do we always exult over how many ways there are to skin a cat when alternatives for other important stuff are more useful?
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Paula, I also use a wench for my scooter. Used to just run it up the ramps, but realized it just a matter of time before something goes very wrong. Little ATV 2000# wenches are cheap and fabbing the portable wiring and mounting is easy. It sure would work for a gennie or any other heavy object as well. However, be careful using the center of the front bed wall. It isn't reinforced for a terribly heavy horizontal load. I use the stake pockets or the sidewall tie downs with a pulley at the front of the scooter strap. This also cuts the pull speed in half and makes for a more controlled ascent/ descent.
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I've pretty much given up on the idea of anything larger than a 2000w generator. Had laminectomy surgery in 2000 and don't want to go through that again. If our future needs require the AC to be powered I'll buy the companion.

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Thanks for letting us know we're not alone!

I'm an active almost 59 years old, and I'm in denial that my body wants me to slowdown - but after 3 knee surgeries, 3 herniated disks and 3 fused neck vertebra (I had an "active" youth) I am also leaning towards a smaller generator.

The Yamaha 2400 I really want is "only" ~75 lbs; the 2000 is 44 lbs - big difference!

I do think I'm going to go tri-fuel and run off the LP tanks to avoid gas cans and the extra 7 lbs of gas in the generator.
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Paula, I also use a wench for my scooter. Used to just run it up the ramps, but realized it just a matter of time before something goes very wrong. Little ATV 2000# wenches are cheap and fabbing the portable wiring and mounting is easy. It sure would work for a gennie or any other heavy object as well. However, be careful using the center of the front bed wall. It isn't reinforced for a terribly heavy horizontal load. I use the stake pockets or the sidewall tie downs with a pulley at the front of the scooter strap. This also cuts the pull speed in half and makes for a more controlled ascent/ descent.
I am loathe to correct spelling or grammar variations on anyone else's post - because I am not without sin. However sometimes it's just funny....

WENCH - Paula might be classified as one, but don't call her one unless you're very good friends
WINCH - a device consisting of gears and rope, wire rope or chains - which uses a motor or hand crank to lift and/or move objects

So do be very careful using your WENCH in the center of the front bed wall!
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OOOPS!...now, how 'bout another cup of ale?"
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Sorry to hear that you had to replace the 3000is with a pair of 2000's. I am sure you will adapt to the difference in sound. We started with one EU2000 with our Bambi but had to go to the pair of 2000's when we upped the power needed for a longer unit / AC... but finally opted for the quietness and electric start of the 3000iS. I suppose that we will eventually have to go back to the pair of 2000's just as you have because my body is already aging. I am just 67 ... wonder how many years I have left before the change back to the 2000's is needed - because as some have pointed out - financial considerations jump up on us... even if we wench ...er wrench ... errrrrrr, winch around.
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