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Old 04-14-2018, 11:26 PM   #15
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We have both a Honda 3000is and 2000i. Both bought 2nd hand with low hrs and they run on gas. We can run them together in parallel but that is mostly for the house in emergency. I was at Big White in Kelowna this winter on a course and the 3000 handled the floor and mattress heaters with ease, and topped up the batteries while the mercury dropped below -15C overnight. Need to install a softstart on the AC/heat pump for the rare occasion that we need to run the unit with the 2000i during our summer adventures north of 51 lattitude.
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We have both a Honda 3000is and 2000i. Both bought 2nd hand with low hrs and they run on gas. We can run them together in parallel but that is mostly for the house in emergency. I was at Big White in Kelowna this winter on a course and the 3000 handled the floor and mattress heaters with ease, and topped up the batteries while the mercury dropped below -15C overnight. Need to install a softstart on the AC/heat pump for the rare occasion that we need to run the unit with the 2000i during our summer adventures north of 51 lattitude.
Please Confirm. You do successfully run a Honda 3000is and Honda 2000i in parallel. I have both generators in my garage. But Honda claims running two different size generators in parallel will damage both generators. So I have not been attempting this due to the Honda warnings.
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Please Confirm. You do successfully run a Honda 3000is and Honda 2000i in parallel. I have both generators in my garage. But Honda claims running two different size generators in parallel will damage both generators. So I have not been attempting this due to the Honda warnings.
I have not done it, but Iíve read about the experiences of others in Yahoo Groups.

They claim to run eu2000 and eu3000 in parallel successfully, but because the generators share the load equally you are still limited by the smaller generator.

So rather than combining the rated continuous watts for 4400 (1600+2800) you are limited to 3200, because the eu2000 will overload once itís ďhalfĒ is exceeded. Then the eu3000 will overload because itís carrying all the load.

As I said, I have no direct experience with this. Honda says you canít do it. Several people say you can.
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Honda upgraded their 2,000 watt model to 2,200 watts. Pairing two of the 2,200 watt units allows the pair to continously provide the 30 amp power that smaller trailers are wired for.
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We use a Honda 3000 in the bed of our tow vehicle which has a topper on it. We run the generator in the closed truck bed. We are using an exhaust extension to run the exhaust pipe outside. With the truck closed-up, the Honda 3000 is whisper quiet. Here are a couple of pictures of our set-up.

We formerly used a pair of Honda 2000's for ten years. They were also great generators and super quiet even out on the ground.

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Please Confirm. You do successfully run a Honda 3000is and Honda 2000i in parallel. I have both generators in my garage. But Honda claims running two different size generators in parallel will damage both generators. So I have not been attempting this due to the Honda warnings.
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I have not done it, but Iíve read about the experiences of others in Yahoo Groups.

They claim to run eu2000 and eu3000 in parallel successfully, but because the generators share the load equally you are still limited by the smaller generator.

So rather than combining the rated continuous watts for 4400 (1600+2800) you are limited to 3200, because the eu2000 will overload once itís ďhalfĒ is exceeded. Then the eu3000 will overload because itís carrying all the load.

As I said, I have no direct experience with this. Honda says you canít do it. Several people say you can.
I have had no issues with them linked and under light load for approx 15hrs running so far. As for the total output, my understanding is that they share the load equally, to their respective limit. I have not tested them beyond the limit of the 2000i, but was told by the googles that the larger unit will continue to provide up to its limit, with no damage to the smaller unit. Again, I have not tested them to that degree, and I am not an expert
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We use a Honda 3000 in the bed of our tow vehicle
We formerly used a pair of Honda 2000's for ten years. They were also great generators and super quiet even out on the ground.
How would you compare the performance of the 3000 to (2) 2000's?
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How would you compare the performance of the 3000 to (2) 2000's?
I would place the performance of the 3000 right up there with the two 2000's. Theoretically, the two 2000's provide more wattage. The 3000 seems to run everything in the trailer just fine. I should note that we have only one air conditioning unit. I originally bought the two 2000's so that I get them in and out of the tow vehicle. I only went to the 3000 when I was able to run the generator in the truck, and did not have to take it in and out.

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Generators?

Home Depot has a sales today on Sportsman generators. I have no experience with them but it seems like a good deal. I bought the 4000 watt duel fuel and it was less than $300 with free shipping. Worst case I will use it for tools and backup.

Anyone have experience with these?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Sportsma...3266/304541553
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Home Depot has a sales today on Sportsman generators.Worst case I will use it for tools and backup.

Anyone have experience with these?
Please keep it for tools. The "open frame" generators work fine but are so loud that it drives people crazy. Because of the noise, people try to put them farther away, which translates to: "Closer to your neighbors". Not for campgrounds.
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Please keep it for tools. The "open frame" generators work fine but are so loud that it drives people crazy. Because of the noise, people try to put them farther away, which translates to: "Closer to your neighbors". Not for campgrounds.


Good to know. Tools and backup for house when power goes out it is.... still plan on one of the small Hondaís when we get our 27FB.
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All good responses. One question, if you can, it might be more economical to just put in a dedicated 30 or 50 amp circuit for your AS.
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We have both a Honda 3000is and 2000i. Both bought 2nd hand with low hrs and they run on gas. We can run them together in parallel but that is mostly for the house in emergency. I was at Big White in Kelowna this winter on a course and the 3000 handled the floor and mattress heaters with ease, and topped up the batteries while the mercury dropped below -15C overnight. Need to install a softstart on the AC/heat pump for the rare occasion that we need to run the unit with the 2000i during our summer adventures north of 51 lattitude.
I may have to call Dometic, but maybe you (or someone from this forum) know the answer: which soft start (or hardstart?) unit would be the best for our 2018 15k AC unit?
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I may have to call Dometic, but maybe you (or someone from this forum) know the answer: which soft start (or hardstart?) unit would be the best for our 2018 15k AC unit?


MicroAir can help you.

https://www.microair.net/collections...-soft-starters
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