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Old 04-27-2016, 06:56 AM   #15
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I've owned:
Honda EU1000 for battery charging and small tool use, kept it about 10 years and it gave flawless service.
Honda EU 3000is for about 4 years. Used it when camping off grid... Flawless in execution, quiet, powerful, favorite generator ever! I recently sold it after I learned that lifting its 150 pounds was contributing to my lower back issues (did I say that I'm not very bright?)...
2 Honda EU 2000's. Lighter than the EU 3000is, noisier, more sensitive to fuel issues due to the very tiny fuel passages in the carburetor, don't run as long on a tank of fuel...perfect for my back though as I do not want them to live in the bed of the truck when not being used. Owned for a our 4 months now and I already have had to clear a carburetor of blockage!
Yamaha EF 6600de, purchased for my parents as an emergency back up when they lost power in bad snow storm. It served its purpose well until we got them a real standby generator. Now it is our back up gen set and it always starts and it always runs well.
Several Champion generators used over the years for emergency back up. Not worth the time I put into them to keep them running!

It is simply hard to argue with the reliability, service and parts support offered by both Honda and Yamaha! Are there other generators out there that run well? Sure there are! As I made my living servicing, selling and repairing "mechanical things" I've had frequent occasion to work on "knock off's". I can typically keep them going once I figure out how to find parts. Some are better than others and it is unheard of to find a "knock off" that performs as well as one of the major brands...

I believe most people would be better served picking the color they like best, red or blue and simply buying a well supported, well designed product from Honda or Yamaha. Learn the ins and outs of dealing with a small engine using ethanol oxygenated fuel or convert to propane and never look back.


Barely getting by, towing our 16' Bambi with our Ram 2500 CTD "Moby"!
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:20 AM   #16
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Two Honda 2000s, the companion is three years old, and the standard model is 11 years old. No problems with either of them, but I'm pretty particular about the gas I use (non-ethanol with Sea Foam for storage) and changing it twice a year. I just converted the companion to propane with the US Carb tri fuel kit. I have an extra gas cap for the original generator that allows me to connect it to a 3 or 6 gallon outboard motor tank.

I'm very happy with the Hondas, but would not hesitate to buy Yamaha either. I own a Yamaha motorcycle and several Yamaha outboard motors.

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Old 04-27-2016, 08:12 AM   #17
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Our Airstream came with a Honda eu2000i from the original owner of the Airstream. Runs great. I don't use it at all much anymore. But it's a great setup none the less.
Family of 5 exploring the USA with a Ram Power Wagon & Airstream in tow.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:38 AM   #18
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Which do you own

Honda 7000is electric start will run both a/c when necessary.

carry it in the rear of pickup

runs all night on a tank of gas

auto idle down

electric start

just my 2 cents

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Old 04-27-2016, 10:47 AM   #19
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I own a Champion generator it works well runs my whole trailer.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:02 AM   #20
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2 Honda 2000s converted to LP and never run on gasoline. Both ride on a platform on wheels with two 20 pound LP cylinders under the tonneau. Just fired them up after 4 months of sitting. Both started third pull as always. Pics in my gallery.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:07 AM   #21
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Honda 2000i (winter) and 3000i (summer). At some point, I'll convert these to tri-fuel.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:20 AM   #22
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I use a Honda 2000.
When it is hot enough to run the air conditioner I go to a campground with full hookups.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:18 PM   #23
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Yamaha 1000
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Old 04-27-2016, 01:12 PM   #24
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3500 Briggs and Stratton.. Used it during hurricane Ike for 28 days till the power was restored. Only turned it off long enough to fill it with gas and oil. I don't leave home without it. Runs everything in the trailer.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:11 PM   #25
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I use a Honda 2000i in the winter. I have enough Solar to get by without it in the summer but I have never used the AC. It is too loud and I spend my summers in cooler climates.
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:02 PM   #26
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Honda 2000. Quiet and dependable.
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:18 PM   #27
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We have a pair of Honda 2000i's, one with the parallel kit. So quiet, reliable, and work for our 15k roof air when needed (together of course).
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:29 PM   #28
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Honda 2000, has been very dependable...

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