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Old 06-10-2011, 11:50 PM   #1
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Two Honda 2000 gens?

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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Old 06-11-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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Several reasons.

The two generators produce more power than one 3000 watt generator. Each 2K watt generator is easier to lift than one 3K watt generator. And in seasons where AC or high draw appliances are not needed some bring just one of the generators.

That said I have one 3K watt generator I ramp into the back of the truck. My reason is the larger generator holds more fuel in stock configuration and has greater run time (more than 8 hrs running AC). It is sufficient to run the air conditioner or the microwave but not both together.
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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.
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your question, you will have a lot more flexibility with 2 2000's than a single 3000. When you don't need the air conditioner, you can use one generator. The 2 2000's are manageable, weight wise.

We have used the two 2000 Hondas for several years now, and have found that they work very well for us.

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We, too, labored with making the decision about what generator set up would best suite us, but we eventually decided on two Honda 2000s — a regular one plus a Comapnaion model — for exactly the reasons stated...take one or two depending on what is needed at the time; they are easier to manage weight-wise; and two 2000s give you more oomph than a single 3000. We are set for anything.
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We too looked at the 2 - 2,000 or the 3000 Handi options and went for the 3000. I can handle lifting the unit without assistance - at least for now. Decision was based on initial cost and less complexity. Works just fine powering our 15K AC. Also purchased an external fuel tank. All works great.
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I do not as of yet have a Generator('s).From my research most all of the Honda's can be parrelled. I do have a quote at $1899 US(2 EU2000i's and a parrell kit) Delivered to my door. Being that you are in BC Im not sure if that quote will hold up. Contact WISE SALES and see what they say.
I would choose the 2 Honda EU2000i and the Companion because of all the reasons mentioned above. Im not sure I could rangle a EU3000is because of its 140 some pounds.
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There are only two generators made....Honda and Yamaha,

I have used both, they are quality units, you can parallel both brands, you won't go wrong with either one.

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I have used Honda 2000's in parellel for several years. Just sold them to a relative and plan to replace them with a pair of the new Yamaha EF2000S next year. We run both Honda and Yamaha at work with great results. You won't go wrong with either set.

I use two for a several reasons, primarily because if one goes down I still have one for basic power, the 3,000 watt units may or may not crank an air conditioner, but the combined 4,000 watt will. In the winter I only need to take one with me. At home I can use one in my shop and the other up that barn to power small power tools (no power at the barn). Each 2,000 is easy to handle by itself and I am only going to get older.

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We too looked at the 2 - 2,000 or the 3000 Handi options and went for the 3000. I can handle lifting the unit without assistance - at least for now. Decision was based on initial cost and less complexity. Works just fine powering our 15K AC. Also purchased an external fuel tank. All works great.
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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Old 06-11-2011, 09:23 AM   #11
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thanks all for your replies!

Does the Honda 2000 only have a standard household outlet which would indicate a 15 amp output only? Do these units have a built in circuit breaker limiting Amps to 15? If 2 are paralleled the combined amperage at peak could be 33.3 amps. Obviously those running 2 don't have this issue with the output and circuit breakers so I am confused how all this works with limited technical info.
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In addition to the comments provided, two Honda 2000's offer an easy backup for each other and I added the EZ Tank (six gallons and $139) that keeps one or both generators running for many hours ...... and they are so quiet.
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Pictures please. How to hook up together and how to hook to AS.
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Honda Power Equipment - EU2000i

Should be able to get all info here....but shop for pricing.

Click on the Parallel info in blue....
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