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Old 11-15-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
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What generator should we buy?

We just purchased our first AS (yahoo!) and would very much like suggestions on a generator. Thanks in advance! Lucy and Bill Curran
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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I have a Honda and a Yamaha tri power. The Yamaha runs on gasolene, nat. gas, or propane. I like the Yamaha the best.

Go to motor snorkle.com They've got 'em all, and their prices are pretty good
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:51 AM   #3
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Very oft- discussed subject here. View the threads below or search 'generator'.


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Old 11-15-2014, 12:11 PM   #4
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My two cents:
In my job we used Honda 300 iS's. We had about 25 and we used them all, four days a week, 15 hrs a day. I loved them. QUIET!
Reliable, start with a key, stable enough for electronics, ran about 8-10 hrs on a tank.
I tried to buy a used one when they replaced them, but a reseller bought all of them.
The downside? They're heavy. I might muscle one out of a flatbed, but not muscle it back in. Two people easy.
I'll buy one.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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I have two Honda 2000's. One does most everything I need and two together works the AC and everything else. I like the 2 small ones because one person can lift them in and out of the truck, Not sure I want to lift a bigger one at my age.
I also understand the Yamaha's are as equally as good so I don't think you could go wrong with either make. Not familiar with the other brands.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:29 PM   #6
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I have two Honda 2000's. One does most everything I need and two together works the AC and everything else. I like the 2 small ones because one person can lift them in and out of the truck, Not sure I want to lift a bigger one at my age.
I also understand the Yamaha's are as equally as good so I don't think you could go wrong with either make. Not familiar with the other brands.

My vote as well.


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Old 11-15-2014, 02:45 PM   #7
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We use a pair of Honda 2000's that we have had for seven years. They are light (40#) quiet and powerful. I can run the Airstream on one if I'm not using the air conditioner. Running the two in tandem easily handles the AC. I am currently considering going to a Honda 3000 and mounting it in the bed of my truck.

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I have two Honda 2000's. One does most everything I need and two together works the AC and everything else. I like the 2 small ones because one person can lift them in and out of the truck, Not sure I want to lift a bigger one at my age.
I also understand the Yamaha's are as equally as good so I don't think you could go wrong with either make. Not familiar with the other brands.
My vote is 2 Honda 2000.I have boondocked with just one for years.Since I stay away from areas where I need AC.
BUT I just got a new microwave oven that takes more power than my one gen.can put out so I may get another 2000.Most of the time I just store bread in the microwave.
I like that at 80 I can still move it and I have more options storing it.
Why run a larger gen when you do not need the power, your fuel use is higher and it is hard to move around and store unless you mount it in your truck.I sure a SUV to tow so can not put inside it.
I did just get a 190 watt solar panel that keeps my batterie's charged so I do not have to run my gen.as much.I have the panel on a 30 ft wire so I can move it around to get the best sun use.I also have a small inverter so I can run small 115 ac items like TV,computer and chargers for phones ect it ok put will upgrade to a larger on someday
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We have a Yamaha EF2400ishc. I cannot say which generator is best because I have not used them. I can say that the Yamaha has performed flawlessly and quietly. It also runs our air conditioner. Weighs about 75 pounds.
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The questions you need to answer are what do you want to run with the generator, how do you want to carry it, and are you happy with one that runs on gasoline?
Then it is pretty much a matter of picking which Honda or Yamaha you want and do you want it on propane or gasoline.
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Get a Honda or a Yamaha. My Honda 2000 has been trouble free for 7 years but I have a friend with a Yamaha and his is doing well too. Stay away from the cheap loud things. I know someone who purchased a Honda look a like for half the price. It is quieter than the construction types but by the sound of it, the feel of it and how it turns over, I wouldn't bet a lot of money it will last as long as the two mentioned above.
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Amen to honda,very trouble free....
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:14 PM   #13
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Honda's EU2000i is hands down the lightest, most compact... for AC, should you wish to use, two are required.
In our RV Service business, we have used the Yamaha 2400's (inverter) for everyday over the last 5 years... there hasn't been one AC we couldn't run. Light enough to transport without a hernia. No electric start if that is important to you.
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Camping World has a carry bag for the Honda 2000 series with wheels, so it is even easier to move it around once on the ground from the truck. It also disguises what is inside to help reduce the theft impulse when the units are in the truck bed under the camper shell.

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