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Old 11-12-2017, 02:12 PM   #1
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I know - I know but I have read many solutions for the boon docking electrical dilemma in the Interstate grand tour and it seems to me a simple solution would be to get a Honda generator. We plan tp go to the Keys this winter and you must dry camp at the navy base while waiting for a hook up spot and the wait can be several weeks.
The Honda is super quiet and not dependent on batteries to start it. We still would have the noisy propane generator for short stops and overnight Comments?
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As long as you don't plan on running A/C, the Honda 2000 should work fine to keep the lights and fridge on. Not sure about the microwave or a hair dryer. I have a Yamaha 2400 which will "supposedly" run the A/C (if I ever get around to climbing on the roof to install an EasyStart). It is significantly heavier and larger than the Honda 2000 so that is a disadvantage.
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Yeah....don't get the Honda. Hear me out on this.....

You can get an even quieter generator w/ the Generac iq2000 for about $700. If you get two, plus their parallel kit (about $200), you'll have 4,000W of quiet power that can run your A/C (and everything else in your coach) all day long. In those cases where you won't need to run the A/C, just take one with you. Very flexible solution and a heap less expensive than 800-1,000Ahrs of lithium batteries. Of course you can do the same thing with 2 Hondas (1 regular and 1 "companion" model), but it will run you about $600 more (Amazon has the Honda 4kW "kit" for $2200).
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You can get an even quieter generator w/ the Generac...
I own both an Honda EU 2000i and a very old Generac 5000.

The Honda is quiet. THE GENERAC IS LOUD!

Granted the Generac has probably been improved. Can you point us to a YouTube video to bolster your argument?

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I own both an Honda EU 2000i and a very old Generac 5000.

The Honda is quiet. THE GENERAC IS LOUD!

Granted the Generac has probably been improved. Can you point us to a YouTube video to bolster your argument?

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Read the specs on the Honda EU2000i and the equivalent Generac iq2000. Comparing a new EU2000i to an old 5000 is like comparing apples to toasters......

http://www.generac.com/all-products/...-series/iq2000
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The man speaks the truth. The new Generac is quieter than the Honda and I do own the Generac which is serving me well. One pull.
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????.. how much quieter?>>>using your ears or mine?

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????.. how much quieter?>>>using your ears or mine?

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Follow the link I provided, download the lab testing results, and see what it says.

TLDR? Not ears, test equipment, and about 1-2dB.
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Follow the link I provided, download the lab testing results, and see what it says.

TLDR? Not ears, test equipment, and about 1-2dB.
No....my ears are whats important.

"Perception
Sound studies tell us time and again that a 3dBA increase in sound level is barely noticeable to the human ear. In fact, you have to raise a sound level by 5dBA before most listeners report a noticeable or significant change. Further, it takes a 10dBA increase before the average listener hears “double the sound.” That’s a far cry from 3dB.

So is perception the ultimate reality? What really constitutes twice the sound or half the sound? And why can’t our ears hear what is proven to be scientific fact? The answer to each of these questions is, of course: well, it depends!"


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My pair of 2000's have been going strong and with proper care will continue to do so. I have very discerning and sensitive ears and I don't find them offensive in the least.
I'm a fan of getting what you pay for. I don't know the Generac brand but I know Honda and I trust my generators for a lot more than my travel trailers.

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Then I guess you'll need to go listen to them both and make up your own mind. I can't answer the question you asked of "how much quieter?" because per your viewpoint, I don't have your ears.

For everyone else, the numbers show the Generac is quieter based on measured sound readings.
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Then I guess you'll need to go listen to them both and make up your own mind. I can't answer the question you asked of "how much quieter?" because per your viewpoint, I don't have your ears.

For everyone else, the numbers show the Generac is quieter based on measured sound readings.
...but what were the test parameters? Same distance, same load/throttle opening? Gotta read the small print for both. I've seen some shenanigans is some brands ads.
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...but what were the test parameters? Same distance, same load/throttle opening? Gotta read the small print for both. I've seen some shenanigans is some brands ads.
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It's all in there....in large print....
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It's all in there....in large print....
What am I missing?
The Honda's were putting out a higher voltage and wattage with all at 50%. And there's less than 1dBA difference.....but that's "statistically quieter" as a finding. I am NOT an audio expert, but I don't get some of the stats as equal. Maybe one of the audio experts here can clarify.
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