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Old 01-18-2010, 05:03 PM   #15
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I forgot to mention earlier that the main reason for the for the extra weight of the Honda EU3000is is Elect. Start. (starting motor, battery, etc.) All Honda's pull start very easy but elect. start is really great. It also has extra sound damping which adds to it's weight. Honda also makes a 3000 Handi that is recoil start like the 2000 and has wheels. It is a bit smaller motor than the EU3000 but still can start most RV air conditioners. It only weighs 78 lbs. 2 of the 2000s wired together weigh in at a combined 92lbs....Tim
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:45 PM   #16
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I want to purchase a small generator. I want something that is quiet and trouble free. What would you recommend?

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Honda is #1 in my book.
I tripped over a little 1000 during a barn raising, only then did I know it was running.
Wattage requirements depending, I like 2 2000's. One to run things, one a spare, 2 for being in the desert in the summer (What ever held you up, get out of there) or the new 3000i.
You need more? Still like Honda for the big stuff.
Having said this and that I have a Lincoln welder at home with a 20hp Kohler. It is very overkill but I could weld a broken frame, run the house and probably the Airstream to boot.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:01 PM   #17
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...I was considering those but if they are louder than the 3000, I think my mind is made up!! Thanks...
well since yer mind is made up, lets not confuse things with the facts...

or u might consider reading these 3 threads...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...00i-35433.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...0-a-19725.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...0-a-13986.html

issues also 2 consider are portability, capacity and year'round necessity...

2x2000 is much more portable...

2x2000 is MORE capacity (depending on the AC, a 3000 is LESS than duotherm recommends for some of the ac units) when needed...

2x2000 for 2-3 months of AC needs, while carring just ONE 2000 for the rest of the year...

it's all good but some choices are gooder than others...
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and the problem with yet another basic genset thread is that MOST of the useful stuff is gonna be in OTHER versions of this topic...

with no need to REpost all of the issues and considerations, AND owner/user reports...

so scan the genset sub forum and READ, READ, think and READ...


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Old 01-18-2010, 06:35 PM   #18
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Yamaha for me

Want to go with the Yamaha 2400is so I can have juice to run the AC. Don't want two of anything to do what one unit can do, though I like the Hondas. Below is a great rundown from Camping life on the options:

http://www.campinglife.com/output.cfm?id=1112113
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:39 PM   #19
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I want to purchase a small generator. I want something that is quiet and trouble free. What would you recommend?

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I have two 2000's. I may be talked into parting with one of them. Calculate your wattage needs and start from there...
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:48 AM   #20
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Hard to believe the Chief Engineer of W1RC doesn't have a Genny.
Oh, to be sure the W1RC equipment roster shows ample emergency power capability but that generator is much too big (and heavy) to be considered portable.

I only require 1-2kW capability; mainly to charge batts, run a 100 Watt rig (radio) on Field Day, etc. I want something that runs quietly so as to not bother neighbours, relatively light and reliable.

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Old 01-19-2010, 07:50 AM   #21
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issues also 2 consider are portability, capacity and year'round necessity...

2x2000 is much more portable...

2x2000 is MORE capacity (depending on the AC, a 3000 is LESS than duotherm recommends for some of the ac units) when needed...

2x2000 for 2-3 months of AC needs, while carring just ONE 2000 for the rest of the year...


it's all good but some choices are gooder than others...

...

so scan the genset sub forum and READ, READ, think and READ...


cheers
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Reading the archives is nice. Getting new thoughts and opinions is good, too. I usually choose both when approaching unfamiliar topics.

As has been pointed out, it really depends on your particular needs and more importantly, the way you choose to go camping.

I settled on the Honda Handi3000 because it is considerably lighter in weight than the original 3000. Since I only have ONE unit to move around, I consider it to be MORE portable than lugging around (and finding space for) two gensets.

As far as capacity, one 3,000 is plenty to run everything on my trailer. It is sufficiently rated to run my Carrier AirV 15KBTU w/heat strips, and bench tests prove it has more than enough power to run the A/C as well as pretty much anything else in the trailer simultaneously, except for the microwave.

And finally, in my part of the country, summer camping conditions often extend from March through October, so the A/C is used for more like seven or eight months rather than three.

Anyway, as always, it depends on your needs, and your desires, as to which choice is the best for you. Good luck!

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:13 AM   #22
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I can only speak to two....Yamaha 1000. Honda 2000 LPG conversion.

Both were very good, QUIET units. Neither one were bought with the intention of running the AC.

Primary, the occassional need for 120 when dry camping, charging the 12v.
The 2000 will now run the micro, stereo, t/vision nice, additional convenience. Both easy to move around. Stores easily in tent while camping.

Stay with the major brands you won't go rong.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:13 AM   #23
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I have the Honda 2000.I have used it for 4 months of winter boondocking the last two years. This is 6 weeks into year three. I use it daily. It sips gas, is quiet, easy to start. It is well woth the money. Adios, John
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:23 PM   #24
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Just ran across this Genny from Sam's club - take a peek...

Sam's Club - Gentron® 2000W Inverter Generator

Good price ($539) , 59dBA, 4-stroke engine, inverter type, etc...has anyone purchased one of these yet? Looks close to the Honda specs, maybe just a tad bit more exhaust din, as the 59 dBA is probably at the 'idle' speed and not full power speed - don't know though...

Found their sales sheet: http://www.generatordepot.us/docs/Camo2000.pdf

and their owner's manual: http://www.generatordepot.us/docs/PR...00D_Manual.pdf

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Honda is a great unit, but it also has the price that is equally great, try Kipor, Generac or Magna
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If you plan to camp with neighbors, please don't save money on noisy generators. Your savings will be directly passed on as costs to anyone within earshot.

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Old 07-22-2010, 10:39 AM   #27
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We are using a Generac QP-40. It runs on propane and comes in a sound reduction enclosure. Puts out 120 VAC 30 AMP so we can run everything in the trailer. I have it mounted on a small trailer so I can either leave it in the TV or pull it around to the side of the trailer. Very low noise level and lots of power. Needs to be serviced every 100 hours. Only problem is the price. They start at about $2100.00
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:11 PM   #28
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Started out with a Generac. It was noisey, hard to start, and had to be "exercised" weekly. Got the Honda 3000 six or seven years ago and would not hesitate to get another one... if I ever need another one. At the time I bought this one, the specs showed the Honda 2000 to be one or two db louder than the 3000. I also believe you got a fairly longer run-time with the 3000 (bigger tank).
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