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Old 05-31-2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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Follow up on 2 Honda 2k's

Based on the ideas of a prev thread and some pm's, I got the 2 Honda 2k's. This week I'm doing a shakedown cruise and I found that one gen by itself will not carry the AC , some lights and the the reefer unit. With the 2 running however, everything is fine and you could hang meat in my FC23FB.

On the down side. The companion has a 30 amp outlet, but it is not a 30 amp RV plug, rather it is the one with 3 spades, one of which has a little 90 degree bend. Can anyone tell me why we have 2 different 30 amp plugs? Is it just that we then need to buy a PIA adapter? Has anyone tried changing that output plug to a RV type?

I think the next item is going to be one of the extended fuel tank systems, anyone care to comment on those?
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:50 PM   #2
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Sounds like a standard household socket, if the size of the box is a standard household box, should be easy to put the socket on the generator. But it might be 230 so watch out, rv is 120.
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I purchased 2 Honda 2000 watt generators. I bought them from Northern Tool (NT). NT also offered an RV Kit that bolted onto one unit. The bolt on has a female recepticle for your 30 amp RV plug, a voltage gauge and on/off line switches and lines to hook both units together. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-31-2010, 04:17 PM   #4
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Your Honda Companion comes with an 30 amp L5 Locking plug (female). Your RV cord has an R32U plug (male). You need an adapter plug so you can use your generator to power your trailer. Camping World and other dealers sell these plugs. No problem.
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Based on the ideas of a prev thread and some pm's, I got the 2 Honda 2k's. This week I'm doing a shakedown cruise and I found that one gen by itself will not carry the AC , some lights and the the reefer unit. With the 2 running however, everything is fine and you could hang meat in my FC23FB.

On the down side. The companion has a 30 amp outlet, but it is not a 30 amp RV plug, rather it is the one with 3 spades, one of which has a little 90 degree bend. Can anyone tell me why we have 2 different 30 amp plugs? Is it just that we then need to buy a PIA adapter? Has anyone tried changing that output plug to a RV type?

I think the next item is going to be one of the extended fuel tank systems, anyone care to comment on those?
Since you asked about the extended run fuel tank, I will share my experience with you. I recently purchased a system from Wise.sales. It was made by Duration Power. The system functioned but I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the hardware used to construct it. When it arrived, it consisted of a fuel tank, some lines with shutoffs and some injectors to go through the lid of the honda generators. When I tried to put the injectors through the lids they would not go through. I called Wise.sales and told them of the problem. They told me I needed to drill out lids for the injectors to fit. (this means you have to purchase two additional gas caps at about 17$ a piece, so the cost of the system just went up by $34.) I did the drilling and the system functioned when everything was connected. The biggest drawback to this particular system is that it comes without any quick-disconnects, so the tank and the fuel lines are continuously married unless you want to pull the fuel lines off the barbs. In time this will cause fuel leaks. I went on the internet to try to locate quick disconnects but could find none for the small line used in the system (1/8") I believe. I sent Wise.sales an e-mail asking where I might get the disconnects but never got a response. I tried contacting Duration Power, but the phone number on their web site is incorrect. I gave up and rebuilt the system with 1/4" fuel line with the quick disconnects. I still have the Duration Power set-up available if anyone is interested. The only think I kept from the original set-up was the fuel tank, so you would have to purchase that. (22$ at Walmart) to make my old system workable. My advice; built the system yourself.There is a lot of information on the net. Just search "honda extended run fuel tank" I would guess you could do it, Including the second set of gas caps, for about $90. Start at a supplier of parts for Outboard motors. If you don't want to build one, shop around, there are some systems on the internet that have quick disconnects and quality fittings for about $140. I think one is called VM Sales, or something similar. Good luck. jc
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The biggest drawback to this particular system is that it comes without any quick-disconnects, so the tank and the fuel lines are continuously married unless you want to pull the fuel lines off the barbs. In time this will cause fuel leaks. jc
if those lines are not under pressure, you might be able to use a smooth fitting with a small flare on the end. try looking at a good automotive parts store. in fact you might find the quick connects there. someone with some recent auto repair experience will give more info
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There is a Honda Generator yahoo group that has lots of info on building your own system too, as I did... I didn't like the angle of the trailer AC cord after attaching the 30 amp plug adaptor to the companion...So I built one from a locking plug to gen. about 18 in. of 10 ga. flexiable cord and a box and 30 amp female plug...I like this much better as it takes all the strain off the trailer cord...

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"...So I built one from a locking plug to gen. about 18 in. of 10 ga. flexiable cord and a box and 30 amp female plug..."

Great idea, I noticed that the angle leaves a lot to be desired so I'm fixin' to make one my ownself. Any chance you could post a pic?

"...I needed to drill out lids for the injectors to fit..."

Wow, I don't like the sound of that, what size drill? and did it need sealing with silicone or something similar when done?
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Here ya go I hope...This is the first pic I've attempted to post...LOL

The plug to the gen is a L503P... All this I bought at Home Depot...

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Extended fuel tanks

Definitely purchase two extra fuel tank caps, install them on the siphon lines and put them into ziplock bags to keep them clean. No more hassle and best of all, no more back aches filling the little Honda tanks every so often.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #11
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Tnx big time for the photo,,, I'm gonn'a get the pieces this weekend and try to copy it.
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"...So I built one from a locking plug to gen. about 18 in. of 10 ga. flexiable cord and a box and 30 amp female plug..."

Great idea, I noticed that the angle leaves a lot to be desired so I'm fixin' to make one my ownself. Any chance you could post a pic?

"...I needed to drill out lids for the injectors to fit..."

Wow, I don't like the sound of that, what size drill? and did it need sealing with silicone or something similar when done?
After drilling with a 3/8" drill, the 1/8 NPT threaded itself right into the plastic cap. I did use a sealer that I purchased at the auto parts store (doesn't breakdown when in contact with gasoline). I'm at the office and don't recall the name of the sealer. I did mine with a 1/4" barb for a fuel line with with 1/4" ID. Hope that helps. jc
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #13
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Tnx for the info,,, I should have mine going soon.
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How long does your EU2000 run when not in eco mode?

Just curious - we just did our first boondocking trip and ran our new EU2000 units in paralell. I did not time how long they ran but am wondering if any of you have experience with how long they run realistically on a full tank of gas.

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