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Old 09-17-2008, 11:35 AM   #1
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Every dog has his day/ Generator

It has been 3 days since we had power here. Well at 6 pm this eve, it will be exactly.

I have put up with alot of riff / raff over the years but I hold steady on American quality.

I have 2 gen sets. 1 is an Onan which is just unbelevable. 1 is a Generac model SVP 5000.

My neighbor, and my buddy who live in another town have there coveted Honda brands. The root of the Riff Raff until now.

My neighbor has his 2 hooked up so both run together and put off as manny watts as my generac/ my buddys honda does this by itself. This morning my buddy turned his on, got in the shower, when he finished he noticed no power. He got dressed went out to look to see what happened . A big pool of oil!! 1 more headacke for him. My neighbor had one of his fail and did damage to his compressor in his fridge.
My neighbor has a line now connected to my "American" unit "Trusty Briggs engine". My other buddy is to far away to help.

I stand firm, when all the chips are down, More is better,American quality is still not negotiable.

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Old 09-17-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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Power came back on 1 hour past 3 days. A little peice of humble pie for my Honda diehard neighbors. The guy that lost his fridge said he will be putting a whole house Generac soon.

I didnt figure this post would get touched but I had to gloat.

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Old 09-17-2008, 07:11 PM   #3
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It's good to see you back. I try to drill into my trainees' heads that "Newer-Is-Not-Automatically-Better". That Onan will probably still be running in another 20 years...
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:29 PM   #4
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we had some trouble with the Honda engines dropping rockers. it didn't hurt the engine, but it just quite. the Honda people had a recall on the rockers, but it was 30 or so dollars
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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For your anecdotes of two Hondas failing during the three plus day outage in Ohio, I have two of them continuing to serve the same need faithfully, and we still don't have power.

What's much more significant than a few anecdotes is the large number of Hondas being used successfully by this community (not to mention other RV forums).
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:37 AM   #6
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More doesnt make it better. However I do hope you get your power on soon also.

I was going to sleep earlier, Wake up earlier to... Thats what the cave men did I guess.
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You can sleep with a Generac roaring in your yard?
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #8
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I installed a genrac RV specific 6500 generator and it preformed like a champ for us for 5 days while we were without power due to Ike. It did consume lots of propane. I was able to run extention cords to the house to power my ref and freezer so we did not loose any food. I guess that offsets the cost of propane as many of my neighbors lost every thing in their freezers and ref. They had more than they could cook and eat . Many gave the defrosting food to others in the area.
I was very pleased with my unit. We bought it from Northern tool.

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Old 09-18-2008, 02:01 PM   #9
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You can sleep with a Generac roaring in your yard?
I have one of each, and both worked perfectly for Gustav. It was hard to sleep with the Generac running, at least that is what my neighbors told me. I was in the trailer with the AC on they were in their house with the windows open. I don't feel their pain as they had 3 years to figure out New Orleans would have storm problems again and did nothing to prepare.

I take the EU2000I on the road for evacuation and leave the big unit for the return. I run the entire trailer on the Generac until the city has power. I use the Honda on the road if necessary; I can always have a additional Honda shipped to me if I have to stay away for a extended time and I need to run the AC.

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Old 09-18-2008, 03:22 PM   #10
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Hey Jim I am glad you came threw another 1 OK. That is becoming a liability down there, isnt it?

My bro inlaw is near galviston, no one has heard from him since the Hit they got. We are keeping our fingers crossed he shows up uip hear. His sisters are going to beat the hell out of him for not calling though.

My wife was in New Orleans right before Katrina. For the I.R.S. convention. She was glad she went before hand, I am sorry I didnt go. It will never be the same.

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