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Old 11-14-2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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Honda generator with propane conversion

Hi evryone

I`m looking to buy a generator and no place in the airstream or in my SUV to keep the gaz tank for the generator...and I dont want to smell it of course

When I make my research to find a honda dealer I find a ebay link to sale a GAS PROPANE GENERATOR CONVERSION !!!

so Im curius to know if someone already use it and any problem with ?

I know if I install it I will lost my warranty so I plan to buy a use one !!

and any think I need to know if I buy a use one ?

thank you so much .....
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:35 AM   #2
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I converted a Honda 3000i. The kit was about $175.00 from Central Maine Diesel. They advised me that their mechanic would not convert a 3000i so I did it myself to run on 3 fuels. The 3000ie is commonly converted.
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I converted a Honda 3000i. The kit was about $175.00 from Central Maine Diesel. They advised me that their mechanic would not convert a 3000i so I did it myself to run on 3 fuels. The 3000ie is commonly converted.
As we are considering mounting a Honda 3000 in the truck bed, please tell us more about how you like the LP conversion. I have read some information that generators operating on LP do not do well at higher altitudes (over 5000').

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LP is a great way to go since you don't have the long term storage issue with Ethanol fuel being left in the unit and then to find out it won't run because the carb has corroded.

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Im looking a 2000i only or may be a 1000i

dont know if my microwave will work in a 1000i ?

I never read anything about altitudee overs 5000'

where do you read this ?
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Im looking a 2000i only or may be a 1000i

dont know if my microwave will work in a 1000i ?

I never read anything about altitudee overs 5000'

where do you read this ?


If you Google 'generator operation at high altitude' there a number of articles on the subject. One of them states that a generator's power output is reduced by 14% at 4,500 feet above sea level.

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My microwave just barely works on the 2000. I do not think the 1000 will handle it. The 1000 actually makes 800 watts. That is somewhere around 7-8 amps. The converter draws a good bit of that.
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Im looking a 2000i only or may be a 1000i

dont know if my microwave will work in a 1000i ?

I never read anything about altitudee overs 5000'

where do you read this ?
We live at 5,100 feet. We bought a Honda 1000 watt generator. It was a regular gasoline model. It was hard to start, but it ran OK once it got going. Honda sells alternative jets for high-altitude operation. My wife bought one and installed it; the generator starts and runs better now.

We have not converted the generator to propane (and we have never used it to power the trailer; we have lots of solar on the trailer).
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I have used my two propane powered 2000I up to 7000 ft with no problem never changed the jets. They are for sale, PM me.
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We live at 5,100 feet. We bought a Honda 1000 watt generator. It was a regular gasoline model. It was hard to start, but it ran OK once it got going. Honda sells alternative jets for high-altitude operation. My wife bought one and installed it; the generator starts and runs better now.

We have not converted the generator to propane (and we have never used it to power the trailer; we have lots of solar on the trailer).
All non turbo charged internal combustion engines produce less power at altitude. This is true even if the jets are changed.

The problem at altitude is that you have less oxygen so burn less fuel in the combustion chamber. The different jets reduce the amount of fuel in the charge so that you operate more efficiently.

In some piston powered aircraft we have turbochargers to maintain sea level power at altitude but I have not seen this on a generator. Depending on turbocharger design this can also be true of some turbocharged trucks.

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Old 11-16-2014, 08:43 AM   #12
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I carry a gas Honda generator in the back of my Suv. When the vent on the gas cap is sealed, the Honda emits no odors. I carried my gas in a plastic jug for a while but was bothered by odors. I purchased a premium Eagle gas can for about $35 and there aren't any odors and it doesn't spill fuel when I fill up the generator. There are threads in this forum about other premium gas cans which some say are better than the Eagles.
I realize that even a premium gas can and perhaps the generator itself might spill fuel in the event of a rollover or serious accident. A propane bottle is less likely to leak.
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That's a major factor in a propane conversion. No extra propane tank to carry around with you. Use the ones on the trailer.
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On a converted engine altitude should not be a problem. The screw on the right side of the fitting coming off the regulator diaphragm is easily adjusted. I have one setting for propane and one setting for natural gas depending on camping or home.

Once you know the setting for the various altitudes it would just take a second.
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