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Old 06-28-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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Honda vs. Yamaha

I'm relatively new to the trailer community having just bought a AS 2006 25' Classic. I'm interested in buying either a Yamaha or Honda generator for when I go "boondocking".

The ones I'm considering are:
Yamaha EF 2000i Combo
Yamaha 3000i
Yamaha 4500iSE
Honda 2000i Companion
Honda 3000i
Couldn't find a similar Honda model to the Yamaha 4500iSE

Any advise based on your experience is appreciated or if you have any other generators that are reliable and QUIET

Thanks... Wild Bill
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IMHO, the Honda 3000i (*NOT* "handi") and the Yamaha 3000i are a bit quieter than a pair of the 2000s, and slightly less expensive. However, seeing where you're located, you may do lots of boondocking where AC is not a requirement, so a single 2000 to which you can pair a second one later if you decide you need AC might be a good course of action for you. Unless you have power needs above and beyond the Airstream, you don't need one bigger than the 3ks, but if you find a great deal on a bigger one I guess it would do no harm.

I'm unreservedly happy with my Yamaha EF3000iSEB, but if I lived in a more temperate place I would have bought a smaller generator that I could lift into the truck without assistance. I don't know anyone who's unhappy with any of the generators you listed.
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If you don't need air conditioning (and that's an improved camping experience) either of the 2000's will provide all the power you will need, are quiet as generators go, and fairly easy to handle.

The ultimate experience is with solar power when you learn it's capabilities/limitations. We travel in winter months in the southern states, and leave the generator at home since we got solar. Our Airstreams are set up very well to operate on propane and battery power. Love it.

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If you do a forum search you will find much info on these gens.
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We have the Honda 3000i and although heavy, it is much quieter than the Honda 2000i. I like quiet and this generator is simply wonderful! You can't go wrong with a Honda or Yamaha, just make sure you can lift it and at you don't object to the noise. I personally object to the 2000i.....
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We have the Honda 3000i and although heavy, it is much quieter than the Honda 2000i. I like quiet and this generator is simply wonderful! You can't go wrong with a Honda or Yamaha, just make sure you can lift it and at you don't object to the noise. I personally object to the 2000i.....
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I think the difference in tone between them makes as much (perhaps more) difference as the actual SPL, because I really do think that sound from either Honda or Yamaha full-sized 3000s is noticeably less intrusive than the sound from a pair of the Honda 2000s, but I've never had occasion for a side-by-side comparison of a single 2000 vs. one of the 3000s.
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Only at full load!
My 3000i doesn't even idle up for A/C so the difference is quite remarkable (to me anyway). It may be simply tone though I just know I don't like the 2000's.
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The Honda 3000s are great machines ... if you can handle the weight and you have room for it. We chose the 2x Honda 2000s because we don't always take both (for AC) and we can lift them in and out of the truck without getting a hernia. It all depends on what you want. You will not go wrong with Honda or a Yamahas no matter how you chose to slice it.
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I have two Honda 2000's in series along with a 6 gal fuel tank setup for both units to draw from so they run a long time without refilling.I run my ac ( 15k),microwave,TV etc with these units and I am impressed with these everytime I use them.Light(just 43lbs ea),powerful and quiet.And they are Honda's so reliable and tough.I have heard good things about the Yamaha's also so you cant go wrong with either one.
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My Yamaha ef2400 runs my air conditioner and light enough to lift in back of truck with one person and has cool looking aluminum frame that goes with trailer. Had mine 4 years with no problem real good unit.
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There are so many posts on generator selection here on AirForums. I think I read every single one before ending up with the two Honda 2000's. Everyone has different situations in terms of hauling ability, how much weight they want to lift, etc. Since I've never tried out the Yamaha, I can't comment. I can tell you that my 2000's have worked perfectly.
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All things being equal....

Running two generators of any make or db rating will increase the combined level by 3db.

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I have two Honda 2000's in series along with a 6 gal fuel tank setup for both units to draw from so they run a long time without refilling.I run my ac ( 15k),microwave,TV etc with these units and I am impressed with these everytime I use them.Light(just 43lbs ea),powerful and quiet.And they are Honda's so reliable and tough.I have heard good things about the Yamaha's also so you cant go wrong with either one.
Since your ac ( 15k),microwave,TV etc still work you must be running those Honda's in parallel not in series (series would give you single pole 240 volt which is not normally used in the US).
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