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Old 05-06-2012, 07:06 AM   #15
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While I've been told the Honda 2000 is plenty for the 13500, I have absolutely no problem with the Yamaha 2400 running the a/c.

AND the Yamaha is heavy enough! ;-)
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:21 AM   #16
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Yamaha has a new model - 2400W that claims to be able to run a 13,500 BTU air conditioner. Called Jim Parrot at Airstream and he said to buy a 3000w, as the 2400 would not be the best. My thoughts are the weight difference is alot. The 2400 would set just inside my rear topper window in the corner of my raised platform that covers my 2 slide out 8' storage boxes. It is much smaller in size than the 3000 Honda. What are your thoughts? Have not purchased anything yet, but need to soon!
The smallest gen I would go with would be a 2800 watt honda handi. For a gen that would stay in the back of a pickup, the 3000 honda is best.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:55 AM   #17
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Yamaha has a new model - 2400W that claims to be able to run a 13,500 BTU air conditioner. Called Jim Parrot at Airstream and he said to buy a 3000w, as the 2400 would not be the best. My thoughts are the weight difference is alot. The 2400 would set just inside my rear topper window in the corner of my raised platform that covers my 2 slide out 8' storage boxes. It is much smaller in size than the 3000 Honda. What are your thoughts? Have not purchased anything yet, but need to soon!
There's another thread around here somewhere talking about this. One part of Yamaha's site says the 2400 will work, but another part says it won't. The Blue Beret had a writeup about it, with links to both pages on the website that says it will and won't work. Personally I'd go with a larger one to be safe.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:56 AM   #18
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I purchased a used coleman powermate for 75.00, generator needed some minor fixes, new brushes a broken wire and it needed to be " EXCITED" . The motor is a Subaru ohc runs great and quiet. You can find them often for a few hundred bucks, just be sure it has the subaru engine. Granted not as quiet as a honda and it is not brushless. but they are pretty good deals for a 6250w (5000w continuous) generator.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:03 AM   #19
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Great thread with some valuable information - Thanks..

What's the weight of the 3000? I suspect once I got it in the back of my Silverado I'd want to leave it there for a very long time.
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Not that heavy I think the is3000 is about 140lbs.
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The 3000 Handi is 80 pounds, but it costs more than the regular 3000i (about $300 more), and has a smaller fuel tank. The 3000i seems to be about $2000. I had a 2000, and went with the 2000 Companion and parallel kit, for a total price of $2050. The 2000i weighs about 50 pounds each, and together you have 4000 watts, instead of the 3000 from the single larger generator.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:28 PM   #22
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Bruce, It's interesting you are a Vespa dealer. The outfit I bpught my Airstream from (Nature&Me RV) in Traverse City Michigan also sells them. There is a huge dealer in Seattle and you see them everywhere. Are they still made in Italy? I know they have been around forever but it seems like they have really entered the American market in a big way.

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We have the Honda Handi and love it. The Handi is a great choice, you won't regret it at all.
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Bruce, It's interesting you are a Vespa dealer. The outfit I bpught my Airstream from (Nature&Me RV) in Traverse City Michigan also sells them. There is a huge dealer in Seattle and you see them everywhere. Are they still made in Italy? I know they have been around forever but it seems like they have really entered the American market in a big way.

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The a/c on the 16' is only 11000 btu. I would think the Yamaha 2400 would work fine with it. That's what I'm considering. I ran my a/c on my house current and recently at an rv park through an rv digital voltage monitor and was surprised at how little current it drew. With just refrig about 2 amps and with a/c running a whopping 12 amps. Far below 30.
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I have a Honda 2500w gen. From my experience it is NOT adaquate for the AC in my 30' Excella. I think it's the 13500 btu unit. I go with the school that believes that you need the 3000w minimum for AC usage.
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I have a Honda 2500w gen. From my experience it is NOT adaquate for the AC in my 30' Excella. I think it's the 13500 btu unit. I go with the school that believes that you need the 3000w minimum for AC usage.
I'm sure you are right, for a 13500 unit. Especially an older that probably draws more current than the later models. But those with smaller units like the OP and I have, can easily get by with less, I think. He should be good to power his 16' plus another rv with 3000. Also it will make a nice house back up.

I have a very lightweight setup, so weight is a major factor for me. Anybody here use the Yamaha 2400 to run their AC? What are your obervations?
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Actually, the Yamaha EF2400iSHC compares very favorably to the Honda EU3000i Handi, and costs about $1100 less. It weighs slightly less, and runs almost an hour longer at a quieter level. Max current is 20 amps compared to the Honda's 25 (but it is a 3000 watt unit). Both have a 3 year warranty.

The Yamaha is looking better and better for me. I guess Camping World agrees, since they just recently started carrying them.

I am not dissing the trusty Honda's at all. Just saying there seems to be a contender, or at least a reasonable alternative.

Oh yes, and the engine on the Yamaha is slightly larger, which is probably why it is almost as heavy (but still $1100 lighter in the wallet).

Of course the is model is a much beefier unit than the Handi. And is less than $1000 more than the Yamaha (but 134 lbs)

Apples or oranges, anyone??
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