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Old 02-23-2009, 06:56 PM   #21
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I had an older Honda 1000 that I bought from a friend who had moved up to a 2000. We used it for six or seven years to charge batteries and run our microwave and espresso maker, separately of course. Both items claim to draw 900w. The coffee maker took a little longer than at home, and the microwave was much slower than when hooked to "shore power". I'm sure it was hard on the microwave.

Just got a new EU2000 from Wise Equipment, no tax, no shipping. Great folks to deal with. Took it over to the trailer and tried the microwave. Works as good and fast as when hooked to shore power.

I think the EU2000 weighs a little less than the old, metal Honda 1000, and is much quieter. It's one of those "why did I wait so long to do this" things.

The only thing the 1000 had over the EU2000 is a gas gauge on the top. That was nice.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:41 AM   #22
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Jim, did you plug the microwave directly into the 1000w. generator? Did you ever use the Honda at high altitude?

I haven't been able to use the microwave with a newer 1000w. Honda using by plugging the shore power cable into it and I've tried it at high altitude.

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Old 02-24-2009, 10:37 AM   #23
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I solved all those probelms with one simple solution. I haul and store the generator in the bed of my truck with a fiberglass camper shell on it. To run the generator, I just open up the tailgate and slide the generator out onto the gate with the exhaust facing away from the truck. I also open the side windows on the camper shell as a safey precaution to avoid fumes building up. It keeps the generator secure, out of the weather, and even helps decrease the noise from the engine.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:06 PM   #24
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It seems that many AS owners are very happy with the Honda brand of generator. We know of an individual selling a Coleman 4000 generator. I tried to research this on the internet and came up with a weight of 110 lbs. and noise level of 60 hertz.

Can anyone tell me if this is correct for weight and noise level? Does anyone have experience with this make and model of generator? I could keep this in the back of the truck (assuming I can get it up there) but I am concerned about the noise level. Any idea of the cost of a new Coleman 4000. We were quoted $650-ish by the seller when he purchased this new.

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Old 01-19-2010, 01:21 PM   #25
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Hank, you will not be happy with the Coleman 4000 unless you are able to hide it away in a pit, far from your AS. It's very loud, and intended more for an industrial or construction site, not a friendly campground. The 60 hz. designation describes the alternating current frequency, not the decibel (db) sound level.

Look for a campground-specific unit. The most popular are the Hondas and the Yamahas. Happy (and quiet) streaming!
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