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Old 06-11-2011, 07:01 PM   #15
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Why are ASers using two 2000 W generators instead of one larger one? Can all models of (eg Hondas) generators be joined together? Looking to buy a generator but unsure of pros and cons of different sizes. I have a 2005 As 30' Classic SO with one AC unit.
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Hi, although this wasn't my choice of generators, it is the most popular choice. At about 50 lbs each they are manageable and with two of them paralleled they will run your air conditioner. If your air conditioner is not needed, you can get by with one. Not all generators can be paralleled. With the exception of the Honda Handi, a 3,000 or larger generator weighs about 130+ lbs and for some of us, it's too heavy.
Hi, the reason, or reasons that I chose the Yamaha 2400 were.

(1.) At the time, and now, the Yamaha 2400 is only about $200.00 more than one Honda 2000. [quite a bit less expensive than two Hondas]

(2.) I wanted to run my [11,000 BTU] air conditioner with one light weight generator. [70 lbs]

(3.) It has two handles, makeing it easier to lift by myself or with wife helping.

(4.) Only one to maintain, but not a big deal.

(5.) The color matches the stripes on my trailer.

(6.) All of my motorcycles were Hondas, but I know Yamaha is just as good.

(7.) Like most everyone else who isn't afraid to tell the truth, I also considered many of the cheap brands before buying one of the best.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:40 PM   #16
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This is just my opinion but the Honda EU3000 Handi is a newer model that is under appreciated by RVers (probably because most are already invested in another gen model). The Handi has a handle and wheels. It weighs just 75lbs and it will work with an extended run fuel tank via gravity feed.

I also own two 2000s. The flexibility of 2000s is great. They are very light and easy to handle. And, 4000 watts allows you to run that microwave simultaneous to the A/C.

I also own and an oldie but a goodie ... EU3000is. The EU3000is is my favorite performer by FAR, but it's a bit too heavy for me to move around.

So, I find myself using the Handi almost exclusively when RV camping. Having said that, all three of the above options work perfectly well.

When we tailgate at football games, we often bring the EU3000is because it mostly purrs at a very quiet 49dbs. The Handi pushes 59dbs (still relatively quiet) and the 2000s push about 57dbs (but double the hum).

The National Park Service requires that generators not exceed 60 dbs measured at 50'. The "quiet" inverter series Hondas and Yamahas all comply.

Good luck!
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:42 PM   #17
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Hey Jack, which external fuel tank did you purchase and how does it work? This is the sole drawback I've found to my Handi300 which overall I just love. But I don't like getting up in the middle of an 88-degree Texas night to refuel the genny to make it through the rest of the night with AC...

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Not to high"jack" Jack's answer, but the Handi uses the same extended run tank as the 2000s. However, the Handi requires gravity assistance ... the tank must be placed higher than the gen.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #18
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:36 AM   #19
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Cool, thanks for the input. I've just sent off for a 6-gallon extended tank to use on my Handi3000, and I'll let you all know how it goes. I love this genny, just not its small fuel capacity, so I'm really looking forward to using this solution.

If I no longer have to get up at 2 AM on those 85-degree nights to fuel up the genny in order to get the A/C back on, this is going to be some of the best money I've ever spent!

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I've seen several places say that the Honda 3000 ( the 70 lb one) will run the 13,500 btu airconditioner.

Since the newer 27's have the 15,000 btu ac, I guess it's a waste of time to even consider the single 3000 watt. I'll strike that one off the list.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:06 PM   #21
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Gringo, I have the Yamaha EF2400iSHC. It starts and runs the 15,000btu A/C on my 2010 Airstream with no sign of strain from the a/c or generator. I believe the a/c's started coming with the large starting capacitors a few years go which makes them easier to start (some have added these to older units also). The 2400iSHC can output 4400 watts for up to 10 seconds. The way the handles are designed make it very easy to carry and at 75lbs, no trouble for 2 to lift into the truck. I bought it recently for around $1250 (with cover and a nice Yamaha hat!), you probably can find it cheaper. For me, I wouldn't pay $1900 for the dual 2000 setup just so I could take one most of the time. That makes for a very expensive 1600 watt (2000 watt max for 30 minutes) generator. If I'm not running the a/c, then we would probably have a friend or family's RV plugged in also so 2 could charge batteries on 1 generator. Then you can have them buy the gas & beer!
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Yes, and my Handi3000 is thoroughly capable of running my 15K BTU Carrier A/C.

You just can't turn on the microwave at the same time.
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75 lbs is no problem for me to lift. waist high or so. not yet, anyhow.
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Do the two Honda's auto sync or is it a manual synchronization?
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This is the tank that our local dealer sells

Honda Gas Tanks and Fuel Tanks > Extended Run Fuel Tank, Duration Tank

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Auto-sync
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Here's the Handi's Holy Grail ... http://www.vmsales.com/New_Images___Text_Layout_1.html

Scroll down and you'll see they sell the same type tank Robert Cross references above for the Handi.
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Do the two Honda's auto sync or is it a manual synchronization?
The EU2000i's auto sync. One is the master the other the slave. The i is important. They are inverter generators. I have one 6500W Honda that does not have an inverter. It cannot be paralleled.
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