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Old 10-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Honda EU 2000

I am looking for a generator to power everything but the AC unit in my 28 ft Excella. I know there's hundreds of pages on the EU2000, and I've read most of them, but still don't understand if there is an advantage to running a companion as a stand alone unit. I will need an adapter to plug my AS into the 2000 or 2000 companion right? Will the amount of power delivered to the trailer will also be the same with either unit? I'm sure I will not need to run AC while dry camping, and don't ever foresee running the generator I buy in tandem with another. Thanks for your help....
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Are you saying you'd have two 2000s? I run my house on a single EU3000 when the power (frequently) goes out, and it runs the fridge, furnace motor, septic pump, lights etc, but not something big like an AC compressor (or electric range). Electric motors are the big draw, how many do you have to power? I wonder why you wouldn't just use one generator.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:55 PM   #3
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I think just one will have enough power to do anything I need it to, was wondering if there's an advantage to running the 2000 companion alone vs standard 2000 alone.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
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I think the difference is just that the Companion has a 30 amp plug already built in for when you run 2 units in parallel. But you still need an adaptor for it, so really no advantage at all that I can find. Otherwise I think the outputs, etc. are identical. I run the companion. Nice generator. We carry and run ours in the back of the pickup. If I was carrying it in a SUV or in the trailer I might opt for the 1000 size. I got the 2000 as a hedge agianst possibly adding one later. We probably will not ever add the second gen. Some of my friends are very pleased with their 1000 Yamaha's.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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Okay, my mistake. I didn't realize that the companion was the Companion, I thought it was just a second gen.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:58 PM   #6
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i have both and run either as a single unit.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your responses, looks like I'll go with the standard EU 2000.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:12 PM   #8
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You can run a regular eu2000i with a Companion for 30 amps with a paralell kit. You can't get a full 30 amps from two eu2000i generators. If you are just getting one, get the companion.
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We bought the Honda 2000 Companion model first (and the parallel cables)...thinking that if we ever DID need to have a 2nd one for AC at a rally, or whatever, there would be someone camping with us who would have a regular Honda 2000 ... so we could parallel them and thereby have a "party trailer". We live in an area where we frequently need AC, so we got a regular Honda 2000 about 18 months later. Good set-up. If you have two regular Honda 2000s you have to use a parallel box set-up to run them in parallel...that's the advantage of having one 2000 be a Companion...no parallel box needed...just a pair of simple connecting cables.
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The non-Companion model has some ports for charging 12 volt things (i.e., batteries) that the Companion lacks.

We accidentally bought the Companion model instead of the regular model for our first one. No big deal; it just meant the second one we bought would be the regular model.
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