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Old 07-02-2012, 06:57 AM   #15
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We first purchased a Yamaha 3000 and rarely used it once we learned we could link the two Honda 2000s together and have all the power we needed. The Yamaha 3000 has electric start, the battery went dead from lack of use and we never replaced it as the generator sits under the dust cover and is like new. I fired it up yesterday because of our daughter needed it due to our terrible storms in VA and it fired on the first pull. If you decide on the Yamaha and want to negotiate a deal, I'll meet you half way to Ohio and pass it on. The one downside, it's heavy. I purchased a telescoping ramp to load it onto the pickup truck since my wife couldn't help me load it by lifiting it. Either way, Honda or Yamaha, you cannot go wrong. They're the best you can purchase in my opinion. One easy pull and they fire every time. Good luck.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:57 AM   #16
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We first purchased a Yamaha 3000 and rarely used it once we learned we could link the two Honda 2000s together and have all the power we needed. The Yamaha 3000 has electric start, the battery went dead from lack of use and we never replaced it as the generator sits under the dust cover and is like new. I fired it up yesterday because of our daughter needed it due to our terrible storms in VA and it fired on the first pull. If you decide on the Yamaha and want to negotiate a deal, I'll meet you half way to Ohio and pass it on. The one downside, it's heavy. I purchased a telescoping ramp to load it onto the pickup truck since my wife couldn't help me load it by lifiting it. Either way, Honda or Yamaha, you cannot go wrong. They're the best you can purchase in my opinion. One easy pull and they fire every time. Good luck.
This is similar to the deal I got on my Yamaha 3000, though the original owner was buying a BIGGER one, rather than the smaller paired ones, because he's going to build a house at the remote campsite where they were using the generator previously and wanted one big enough to carry his power tools.

Half the original price was a pretty good deal IMHO.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #17
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It you buy off the internet you can get excellent pricing. I found Wise Sales (Yamaha & Honda Generators, Power Equipment, and Toro Zero-Turns WiseSales.com) to have excellent pricing. They carry both Honda and Yamaha. I have the Honda 2000 and the companion as they are light enough to lift and I can only use one if I don't need the AC.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #18
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I took two Eu2000i's last year on 120 nights of camping. They each ran 30 hours but most of those hours were in my driveway on monthly startups. They take up one-fourth of my truck bed in their containers. I enjoy putzing around with them and I'm glad I have them for an emergency but my advice would be to save your money, space, weight and time by passing on these little beauties. And talk about a huge expense, wait until you see what an electrician will charge to wire your house for generators.
I don't follow your logic - they're great but he should pass because a transfer switch is expensive?
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #19
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I don't follow your logic - they're great but he should pass because a transfer switch is expensive?
i don't follow that reasoning, either.

I found a pair of heavy extension cords to work just fine. One to one 2000 for the fridge and freezer, the other to the second 2000 for the 5000 btu a/c and computer.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:17 PM   #20
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A local equipment rental shop near us is also a Honda dealer. They periodically retire their rental units, and they give them an oil change and tuneup before selling them. You might be able to get a deal on one of these, from a local equipment rental shop.

They were very helpful when we were shopping for generators. We got to "test drive" a couple of models in the shop to determine which fit our needs (power and weight). Also, although we didn't do this, we thought about renting one for a weekend to try it out with our Bambi. Unfortunately (for them), we later purchased on the Internet; because they wouldn't match online prices.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:29 PM   #21
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HarborPowerHouse.com

Look at HarborPowerHouse.com in Benton Harbor, MI too...that's where we bought our second Honda 2000...good deal and no shipping or tax...at least when we bough it. We couldn't beat their price locally or anywhere else... We ordered it four days before we left for a trip and it arrived the day before we took off. Perfect timing. Good customer service. They will give you a quote via email or you can talk to them on the phone...we worked with Gary Grathwohl, who was the Gen Mgr. Would love it if someone else I sent bought from him...tell him Terry from Tucson sent you. He may remember me.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #22
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A local equipment rental shop near us is also a Honda dealer. They periodically retire their rental units, and they give them an oil change and tuneup before selling them. You might be able to get a deal on one of these, from a local equipment rental shop.

They were very helpful when we were shopping for generators. We got to "test drive" a couple of models in the shop to determine which fit our needs (power and weight). Also, although we didn't do this, we thought about renting one for a weekend to try it out with our Bambi. Unfortunately (for them), we later purchased on the Internet; because they wouldn't match online prices.
Good recommendation, Phx... We have friends in Phoenix who used to rent a Honda 2000 from an equipment rental place when they needed one...it's a good way to try them out...then they bought a used one from them...and got a smokin' deal...saved quite a bit.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:56 PM   #23
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We have never needed A/C, Minnesota in summer, Southwest in winter. We drag a Honda 2000 around but rarely need it. Even that's heavy. The Honda 1000 would do fine and be easier to handle.

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Old 07-03-2012, 11:44 AM   #24
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We have never needed A/C, Minnesota in summer, Southwest in winter. We drag a Honda 2000 around but rarely need it. Even that's heavy. The Honda 1000 would do fine and be easier to handle.

doug k
It's supposed to be 92 in Fargo today, sounds like AC weather to me. But yes, I do realize it's usually cool at night up there, unlike our 78F *low* last night. If I couldn't have AC I'd haul the trailer up to 8k-10k feet somewhere in NM or CO!

It's really the main reason I bought the Yamaha... I was told in no uncertain terms that we were never camping anywhere in the summer where we couldn't run the AC just in case!
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #25
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Like about 3 million other folks in the middle atlantic area, we lost power last Friday.
Our situation was made more difficult in that my wife had just had hip surgery to replace a recalled Depuy metal on metal hip. We live in Lynchburg, VA and we were in Richmond, VA where she was in the hospital. She was scheduled to be discharged on Saturday, but we were able to delay that until Sunday when we hoped the power would be turned back on. No such luck. The AEP website indicated that power would not return to our location until about 6 days later. Yikes! Living in a home without power and the temperature in the high nineties and my wife just over very invasive hip surgery was not going to happen. Like most people, she just wanted to go home and be comfortable (cool).

So home we went knowing that we had a 1,000 watt Honda genny that would operate a 5,000 btu/hour air conditioner. It worked like a charm. It powered the air conditioner, two compact fluorescent lights, recharged our cell phones, powered our computer and the tv. We lost all the food in the fridge, since power had been off for 2 days, but had the Airstream available to use its refrigerator, stove and hot water. The AC cooled our bedroom down to 70 degrees by late the first evening. All in all it was quite successful. Having a 2,000 watt genny would have been better because maybe we could have run the fridge, but I used what I had, 1,000 watts, and it ran everything we needed to run and only went through 2.5 gallons of gas in 24 hours of operation. My wifes guardian angel was watching over her as power came back on by late Monday afternoon. We were only in the house without power for about 24 hours.

Our experience gives some credibility to my plan to boondock with my airstream and cool it using only a 5,000 btu/hr air conditioner.

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Old 07-05-2012, 01:04 AM   #26
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Great to hear that you and your wife made it through this predicament, and that your Honda came through for you. From the national news, it appears you are lucky if all you lost was food in the refrigerator. Hope you had no damage to your home, Airstream or vehicles.

In Phoenix, our biggest potential problem is not the weather, but the nuclear power plant just west of town. Our Bambi is our emergency backup, too; but I hope we never have to use it for that, as spoiled food will be the least of our problems.

In any case, we wish you, your family and neighbors well during this weather crisis.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:02 AM   #27
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We hope your wife is recovering in comfort. Thank goodness for our Airstream "Escape Pod" here in Blacksburg as we used it in comfort during the power outage. We're very thankful we had it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:01 AM   #28
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Dan,

Glad things are looking up for you.

We went thru much the same back in 2006. Went a week without power. The 2000i was indispensable.

Speedy recovery for the DW.

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