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Old 03-30-2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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Just bought a Honda 2000i generator for my Airstream. Is it worthwhile to get the propane conversion kit. And can I use the tanks on the front of my Airstream for that and my barbecue grill. Also I was looking at these portable compressors with backup battery power. Are their any out there with enough power to run say the TV for a couple of hours? Thanks Bob
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:55 PM   #2
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I have the equivalent Yamaha converted to propane and run it off of my trailer propane quick disconnect.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:25 PM   #3
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Our local farm store has a Champion 3000 watt generator for $799.00. I says 56 db at 27 feet. Any thoughts?
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I just bought a Honda 3000 and bought a 3 way conversion kit from Central Maine Diesel at a good price. I don't intend to ever run it on gas because you can't drain the carb bowl and the gas will go stale in there.

Will run it on propane while camping and natural gas if the lights go out at home
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What is the weight of the Honda 3,000
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I don't intend to ever run it on gas because you can't drain the carb bowl and the gas will go stale in there.
You wouldn't of said that if you would of read the owners manual.
You can drain the gas out of the carb as easily as checking the oil.
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What is the weight of the Honda 3,000
134 dry I think.
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Just bought a Honda 2000i generator for my Airstream. Is it worthwhile to get the propane conversion kit. And can I use the tanks on the front of my Airstream for that and my barbecue grill. Also I was looking at these portable compressors with backup battery power. Are their any out there with enough power to run say the TV for a couple of hours? Thanks Bob
Depends on your situation. For me just putting in gas and using it fits my situation. No regulator, hose, and tank to mess with.
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Our local farm store has a Champion 3000 watt generator for $799.00. I says 56 db at 27 feet. Any thoughts?
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Honda EU3000is is 49-58 db, at 9 ft. (per a document on Honda's site). I think my Yamaha is a bit quieter than the Honda, but it may be the character of the sound or the direction my fellow campers have pointed their generators' exhausts in the past. Yamaha claims similar numbers to the Honda, but measured at 7m instead of 9 ft. I'm looking for a 3rd-party test of both to get comparable numbers.

Neither one approaches $799 new, however, unless it fell off the back of a truck.
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Neither one approaches $799 new, however, unless it fell off the back of a truck.
That's funny!

I'm not sure what either the Honda or Yamaha cost in the USA, but here in Canada they seem to be running around $2500.00 so it is not a small purchase.

As a closing question - is the consensus that one is smartest to purchase one in the 3000 range so you can also run an 15,000 AC unit. Or is that overkill?

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Not over kill at all. If you plan to use your AC when not connected the 3000 makes a lot of sense. I am torn about the propane option. I use gas and it hasn't caused much trouble for me. I like the ability to move it to my SIL's trailer if he should need it and also have the freedom to use it around my place at home. The propane would be nice but it would limit you to where you can put the generator. I often put the generator out in the woods, lock it to a tree and run the cord to it.
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A float bowl can be mostly drained by cutting off the fuel while the engine is running. When the engine stops, the fuel is for the most part "drained".
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Wait until your factory warranty expires on the Honda ... to consider propane conversion.

We started with one EU2000i ... then added a companion ... easier on the wallet that way; you know. Even though the Honda EU series is relatively easy to start ... sometimes the gen is cold and so are we ... the EU3000iS with electric start kept calling to us ... now, that is what is in the back of the TV. It is heavy; so, suggest that option only if you can leave it in place in the TV.
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Just a quick heads up here for the dB measurment crowd....a change of 10db is equivalent to a doubling of volume. Something to remember when comparing specs.
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