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Old 10-29-2015, 10:35 AM   #29
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I have minimal needs so the Honda EU2000 works when needed.
Don't have an Ac unit and mostly boondock.

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Old 10-29-2015, 10:49 AM   #30
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I just replaced a powermate 3750W with a Honda 2000i. The powermate was to loud and we do not need that much power because we never use the AC. The butterfly on the carb started sticking in a closed position after a few hours of use. I pulled the carb lubricated it with WD40 and now it works great. But I am disappointed that I had to work on a brand new Honda generator.

We also have 350W of solar and 315 Amp-hrs in AGM batteries. As stated by others we only need to use the generator if it is cloudy and cold for a couple of days.

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Old 10-29-2015, 11:03 AM   #31
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I have had a Honda 3000i and 2000i for about 12 years and used them extensively till this year (installed 200w solar). This year I never had to fire the 2000i up to top off batteries. The WY and ID sun did that for me. But, I have to say the Honda generators have been flawless in 12 years of operation (just oil changes). They are super quiet, very fuel efficient (gas) and they can take a beating in the back of a pickup. Never a part has broken, fallen off or come loose. If I was going to operate the A/C a lot off a generator (30W), and if you have to manhandle the generator by yourself, I would suggest going the dual 2000i 'companion' route. Much easier to move around by yourself.

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Old 10-29-2015, 11:11 AM   #32
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If you have the room ... suggest Honda EU3000iS(noticeably quieter than dual 2000); otherwise, EU2000i ...
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:17 AM   #33
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We have a pair of Honda 2000's that we have had for 8 years. They have always worked flawlessly. We use them regularly at Wal-Mart overnights. I f we are not using air or heat pump, one does the trick. They will run all night on a tank of gas.

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Old 10-29-2015, 11:23 AM   #34
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We have a Honda 2000 which starts on the first pull, every time.

We travelled 7000 miles over 2 months this past summer, touring the east coast of Canada.

Not once did I need to haul my 68 pound Honda out of it's carry bag, and out of my GMC crew short box with Leer tall topper. We head south to FL on Saturday this week, and for this trip the genset stays in the basement.

The Honda used to start and run the AC in our 23' AS however, it's doubtful will start and run our new 28 AS with single AC.

Next summer's trip to the Yukon is a different story and maybe we will buy the 2nd Honda.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:33 AM   #35
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I had a Honda 3000 but it was too heavy for me to get up into the bed of my pickup truck(a GMC 4X4) so I sold it (took less than a day) and bought a pair of Honda 2000s. I rarely use the AC but I want it available to me. Lately I don't try to put them in the pickup truck, it's easier just to put them on the floor of the camper just for the trip there. And the gas, of course, stays in the back of the pickup truck. When I am using them I chain them to a wheel on the Airstream so they won't get stolen. I keep them at least 10 ft from the camper just to be careful about carbon monoxide poisoning. I also have a 4 ft folding table with a composite top that I bought at BJs(like COSTCO) for $30 that I keep over them when they are in use. It has adjustable legs so it's close to them and will cover them perfectly if you put them end to end. Keeps the rain and the night dew off them.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:41 AM   #36
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We have the Yamaha 2400Ishc. It does all that we ask, including running our AC. I use a BIPAP at night so if it has been cloudy and my solar has not recharged the batteries enough, I top off with the generator. I would not have had a problem with a Honda, the 2400 just fit our needs perfectly. It is always on board unless I happen to be going somewhere with shore power, which is seldom.
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:11 PM   #37
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We bought a Champion 4000-3500 in 2011 from Camping World and added wheels. It has worked flawlessly since then. I add fuel stabilizer and run it on premium fuel. Many National Park campgrounds let you run it two hours over breakfast, two hours over lunch and three hours over supper. That wouldn't do it for AC in hot weather, but otherwise it works great when lacking shore power. If we were boondocking we could probably run it non stop, depending on location rules. Ours is not loud and is listed at 67 decibels. With full fuel, oil in the oil pan, and with the wheel kit it weighs about 130 lbs. That is about all that my wife and I can safely lift into the back of our 1999 Suburban K2500. We roll it over the rear axle and secure it to floor anchors for safety. We paid $299 for it in 2011 and the wheel kit was about $39 more on sale.

At home in Atlanta it is backup for when we have ice storms and the power goes down. It won't run very many of the house appliances, but will keep the frozen food frozen and one furnace running. Considering the price difference with Honda, etc. if you have the money and want the Honda name, go ahead, but I couldn't ask for a better generator than my Champion, reliable, less expensive, fairly quiet and not unduly heavy for multi night stays.

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Old 10-29-2015, 12:18 PM   #38
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We have two 2000w Hondas... We started with the Companion (and got the parallel cables) knowing that someone in our party would have another 2000w Honda if we needed to establish a party trailer or really needed AC... We waited about 18 mo before we bought our 2nd Honda to make sure we really needed it. We have needed both Hondas several times, but we would probably be able to get by with just one. We usually carry at least one generator depending on the destination and anticipated needs. If we are doing multiple legs or stops on a given trip we'll take both just to have the bases covers. We also have solar on the Bambi, so between solar and generators we are set. We have not converted then to propane...and that works OK for us because we have a gas tow vehicle and it never hurts to have extra gas.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:27 PM   #39
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I carry a 2000 Honda. We have used it a number of times to allow us to spend a few days without hookups. This fall it was 8 days in Rangely State Park.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:43 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by rodsterinfl View Post
Idroba, the belt is listed as a part to replace. Also:

The belt is clearly shown and the plastic oil slinger. It is an overhead cam design versus the yamaha Pushrod with no belt. Also, see this video at 2:58. They compare the two brands on smaller generators. Note too the engine life rating. The belt works well in the Honda but it is one more thing to service and potentially something to go wrong. I shop in depth and scrutinize things, some may not matter to others. It's just my findings and opinion.

Both brands are good; however there are differences. If you watch the second youtube video, the differences are clear.

Richw46, yeah the closest dealer/service center to you in Lexington, KY is Somerset, KY or Mount Sterling, KY- not too far but a drive. I used to live in Carroll County. Both Honda and Yamaha have lots of service centers though I am not sure you should need service that often.

Scamp, the engine life the Honda is half of the Yamaha. The 2000 engine is half the size of the 2400 at 98cc versus 171cc (123cc on the 2000 Yamaha) and there are several other differences though each model would have to be compared.
This seems like we're comparing fords to gm,or dodge, what do you get when a Yamaha companies talks about his product it has to be better then the rest , I checked my owners manual and my honda shop manual and there is no recommended time to replace the timing belt, I have had my generator ( honda for 11.5 years with NO problems , I think both companies make great generators, when there referring to engine life in the video the first thing he says is emission life ( that could mean Yamahas have a platinum spark plug versus honda having a regular spark plug ) or Yamaha don't need valve adjustment,etc.there is no proof in the video that one engine last longer then the other, some people like to argue as I've seen in other posting on this forum with some other very professional people that were right , I'm a retired honda tech ( shop foreman 34 years ) and was one of the top ten in canada. So I would recommend both generators , but the original point was to point out the honda and Yamaha are NOT BELT DRIVEN. And if we're comparing engine size the honda has the bigger engine 98cc versus the Yamaha 2000 watt model 76 cc ,just comparing 2000 watt honda to 2000 watt Yamaha , so does that mean the honda will have a longer life due to engine size ? Don't think so ,End of discussion
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:46 PM   #41
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I bought and successfully used the 2,000 Honda set for the past 4 years. I carry the companion (30W and about 45 lbs) with me almost all the time, and only add the second one on trips where we expect hot days and need the AC. This way I have minimal weight but sure-fire backup during most of my trips. jon
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:20 PM   #42
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We carry 2 Honda 2000's and they have worked well for 4 years. Quiet, start, light and I use them around the yard (very big yard).

I Fed. parks and lots do not have electricity. Stayed at 4 recently and they did not bother about the 2 hour rule morning and night.

In four years I have not had any problems.

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