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Old 08-31-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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Honda EU7000

Ok this one is for you electrical gurus. Time to retire the two honda 2000s (see attached photos). They have been, and continue to be flawless. Conservatively they have 1000's of hours, and spend months at a time in the bed uncovered, running 20-40 hours straight between fill ups... But I need more bed space, and no longer want wires and fuel hoses to mess with...

The new fuel injected Honda EU 7000 looks interesting.... But I am not sure it will work. It is a dual inverter model, so it's like having two generators again, but in one nice package. My question for you gurus is if you know how they run each hot leg in either the 30/120 or the 50/240 plugs? It is rated for 5500 wats continuous, so that is like 2750 watts per inverter. I am wondering if the plugs somehow sync the inverters, it will not be enough juice per leg to run even a 30 amp rig on a single leg if they are not synced.... Any input from you geniuses?

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Still smaller then the footprint 2 2000s and 12 gal fuel tank... Weight not a factor, except that maybe it will discourage it walking off .....
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Kudos for the EU3000is with electric start ...that is were we went after the pair of EU2000s.
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I love the 3000, but not enough juice for our application.... If I had the $$. I would be installing a permanent diesel 6000 in the bed of the truck.... Need a min of 4500 watts or preferably 6000 when I upgrade to 50 amp
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I am going to buy the eu7000 and use it for home use and for travel need

I have not 100% decided but I will want the option to boondock in hot summer

It's big and heavy and for loading and unloading I've spoken now with 3 owners that use one of those harbor freight lifts to load and unload but mostly

With it - I will also avoid the need to pay an electrician to put in 50amp service which turns out mucho pricey

We shall see - I may still buy the 2 x 2000's but the eu7000 will do all home needs and let me use my trailer at home for company in summer and have enough juice no prob




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I went from the two 2000's to the 3000iHandi last Spring. After a full summer with the new generator, I pronounce it a real winner. Granted, I can only use one of my two A/C units, but that didn't prove to be an issue, as the 15,000 BTU unit works fine for cooling the entire trailer after sundown. The generator fits perfectly in my truck bed (and it stayed there all summer). Last week when returning from the West coast, we did a couple of lunchtime rest stops when the temp was above 90. I just started 'er up and we had "cool lunchtime". Very easy on gas and no real sound issues. (I sold the 2000's to my nephew who just got a '66 Tradewind.)
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I went from the two 2000's to the 3000iHandi last Spring. After a full summer with the new generator, I pronounce it a real winner. Granted, I can only use one of my two A/C units, but that didn't prove to be an issue, as the 15,000 BTU unit works fine for cooling the entire trailer after sundown. The generator fits perfectly in my truck bed (and it stayed there all summer). Last week when returning from the West coast, we did a couple of lunchtime rest stops when the temp was above 90. I just started 'er up and we had "cool lunchtime". Very easy on gas and no real sound issues. (I sold the 2000's to my nephew who just got a '66 Tradewind.)
How would you compare the sound volume of the 3000 to the 2000?

I've got a 2000i and was thinking of selling it and upgrading myself so I could power our 15K BTU unit when boondocking out west.

I personally was surprised when we fired up the 2000i and it was quiter than my lawn mower. Curious if the 3000 is in the similar db level from experience.
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I don't have the db rating at my fingertips, but it surely didn't seem bothersome. Pretty sure you can look this up easily.
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Re: Sound level specifications for Honda "EU" generators

BoldAdventure, you may wish to consider purchasing the Honda EU2000i "Companion" to parallel with your basic model (assuming that is the one you already have). Two 2,000's in parallel are actually capable of a few more Amps of output than either of the 3000 models, and they are individually lighter to move around (one at a time) than their much heavier cousins. Also, the cost for two 2000's is almost identical to the cost of a 3000.

We have two 2000's and carry both in the summer, in case we need to run the air conditioner. However, in the winter, we only take one with us.

Here are the sound specifications, extracted from Honda's Website:
  • Honda EU1000i: Noise Level = 59 dB(A) @ rated load 53dB(A) @ 1/4 load

  • Honda EU2000i: Noise Level = 59 dB(A) @ rated load 53dB(A) @ 1/4 load

  • Honda EU3000i Handi: Noise Level = 65 dB(A) @ rated load, 57 dB(A) @ 1/4 load

  • Honda EU3000iS: Noise Level = 58 dB(A) @ rated load, 49 dB(A) @ 1/4 load

  • Honda EU7000i: Noise Level = 60 dB(A) @ rated load, 52 dB(A) @ 1/4 load

Reference: Honda Generators: Portable Generator Power for Home, Work, and Play
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Important to note however that two 2000's paralleled will not have enough fuel on their own tanks get you through a full night... Also to be fair, two 2000 or a 3000 will be running at around 1/2-3/4 load when powering an air conditioner, so they will be louder then the figures above.... Don't get me wrong, I have owned my 2000's for about 8 years and they have 1000's of hours on them. Great units, and when in the truck bed I do not notice the noise from the camper at all... You can not go wrong with a honda inverter generator, you just need to pick the application that fits your need the best.
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Note: Sound data is unaltered, extracted directly from the Honda Website. I have no idea what the sound levels are at full throttle, although our Honda 2000s are noticeably louder under load.

Immediately after purchasing our Hondas, I bought a portable marine gas tank, outboard motor hoses, and fuel fittings; and I built an extended-run setup for using our air conditioner. However, I have never used it. We figure (except for emergencies or in a campground with hookups) if we need air conditioning, we are camped in the wrong place and need to drive farther north or higher in altitude where it's cooler.

Besides the constant noise, generators powering an air conditioner 24/7 will suck gas! Even with an extended-run tank, it's inconvenient to buy gasoline and refill the tanks everyday. With a six gallon portable tank and a little less than a gallon of gas in each generator, one filling would probably last about 16-20 hours (estimated). This means that two Honda EU2000i's powering an air conditioner will consume about eight gallons of fuel per day.

That's why we rarely use our Bambi to boondock in the desert in the summer.
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Thirty bucks a day for running a generator? I'd rather stay at a full service campground if available. Jim
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Note: Sound data is unaltered, extracted directly from the Honda Website. I have no idea what the sound levels are at full throttle, although our Honda 2000s are noticeably louder under load.

Immediately after purchasing our Hondas, I bought a portable marine gas tank, outboard motor hoses, and fuel fittings; and I built an extended-run setup for using our air conditioner. However, I have never used it. We figure (except for emergencies or in a campground with hookups) if we need air conditioning, we are camped in the wrong place and need to drive farther north or higher in altitude where it's cooler.

Besides the constant noise, generators powering an air conditioner 24/7 will suck gas! Even with an extended-run tank, it's inconvenient to buy gasoline and refill the tanks everyday. With a six gallon portable tank and a little less than a gallon of gas in each generator, one filling would probably last about 16-20 hours (estimated). This means that two Honda EU2000i's powering an air conditioner will consume about eight gallons of fuel per day.

That's why we rarely use our Bambi to boondock in the desert in the summer.
I may get a second, but I think I'll just wait and see how things are. I'm from Virginia Beach originally, and now living here in Clearwater, FL till we go fulltime, so I'm personally used to higher temperatures and living in areas where the humidity is high.

As for the dB levels, I've found that sometimes the numbers are a good gauge but personal experience is subjective. What's loud to you, might not be loud to me and vice versa. Good to hear others experiences. Thanks for the answers guys.

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