Honda Generator - for ASI
One of the subtle things I noticed about the Champion 3400 is that the electrical connections and control panel is on the long side of the generator enclosure. The cooling air intake is on one narrow end, and the exhaust is on the opposite end. That lets me set the generator more or less permanently in the rear curbside corner of my trunk bed, under the tonneau cover. This is a good spot to run it under cover without taking it out if the truck.
In this spot, the engine and cooling air exhaust faces out the tailgate, the controls and connections are easily reached, and the cooling air intake comes from under the tonneau cover. This is an immediate advantage to setting up, starting and running whilst the generator is still in the truck. It also can keep it dry in moderate rain.
As a certified tired old phart, not having to lift the generator in and out of the truck to use it every time I need it is also a great advantage as well.
Bottom line, also carefully consider how you plan to use a generator and where you plan to place it when you run it. The physical layout of air intake, engine exhaust and control and connection location makes the Champion 3400 ideal for my use case. Even the recoil start handle is in the ‘right place’ for me. Serendipity is where you find it. For others, it may not work well.
It’s more than just ratings. In my case, a generator with the engine exhaust on the side or other inconvenient location would not work where I need to put mine while running it. Look at the whole picture before you buy a generator.
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
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