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Old 01-19-2010, 06:50 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by 2airishuman View Post

issues also 2 consider are portability, capacity and year'round necessity...

2x2000 is much more portable...

2x2000 is MORE capacity (depending on the AC, a 3000 is LESS than duotherm recommends for some of the ac units) when needed...

2x2000 for 2-3 months of AC needs, while carring just ONE 2000 for the rest of the year...

it's all good but some choices are gooder than others...


so scan the genset sub forum and READ, READ, think and READ...

Reading the archives is nice. Getting new thoughts and opinions is good, too. I usually choose both when approaching unfamiliar topics.

As has been pointed out, it really depends on your particular needs and more importantly, the way you choose to go camping.

I settled on the Honda Handi3000 because it is considerably lighter in weight than the original 3000. Since I only have ONE unit to move around, I consider it to be MORE portable than lugging around (and finding space for) two gensets.

As far as capacity, one 3,000 is plenty to run everything on my trailer. It is sufficiently rated to run my Carrier AirV 15KBTU w/heat strips, and bench tests prove it has more than enough power to run the A/C as well as pretty much anything else in the trailer simultaneously, except for the microwave.

And finally, in my part of the country, summer camping conditions often extend from March through October, so the A/C is used for more like seven or eight months rather than three.

Anyway, as always, it depends on your needs, and your desires, as to which choice is the best for you. Good luck!

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Old 01-19-2010, 08:13 AM   #22

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I can only speak to two....Yamaha 1000. Honda 2000 LPG conversion.

Both were very good, QUIET units. Neither one were bought with the intention of running the AC.

Primary, the occassional need for 120 when dry camping, charging the 12v.
The 2000 will now run the micro, stereo, t/vision nice, additional convenience. Both easy to move around. Stores easily in tent while camping.

Stay with the major brands you won't go rong.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:13 AM   #23
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I have the Honda 2000.I have used it for 4 months of winter boondocking the last two years. This is 6 weeks into year three. I use it daily. It sips gas, is quiet, easy to start. It is well woth the money. Adios, John
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:23 PM   #24
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Just ran across this Genny from Sam's club - take a peek...

Sam's Club - Gentron® 2000W Inverter Generator

Good price ($539) , 59dBA, 4-stroke engine, inverter type, etc...has anyone purchased one of these yet? Looks close to the Honda specs, maybe just a tad bit more exhaust din, as the 59 dBA is probably at the 'idle' speed and not full power speed - don't know though...

Found their sales sheet:

and their owner's manual:

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Old 07-21-2010, 04:39 PM   #25
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Honda is a great unit, but it also has the price that is equally great, try Kipor, Generac or Magna
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:14 AM   #26
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If you plan to camp with neighbors, please don't save money on noisy generators. Your savings will be directly passed on as costs to anyone within earshot.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 07-22-2010, 09:39 AM   #27
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We are using a Generac QP-40. It runs on propane and comes in a sound reduction enclosure. Puts out 120 VAC 30 AMP so we can run everything in the trailer. I have it mounted on a small trailer so I can either leave it in the TV or pull it around to the side of the trailer. Very low noise level and lots of power. Needs to be serviced every 100 hours. Only problem is the price. They start at about $2100.00
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:11 PM   #28
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Started out with a Generac. It was noisey, hard to start, and had to be "exercised" weekly. Got the Honda 3000 six or seven years ago and would not hesitate to get another one... if I ever need another one. At the time I bought this one, the specs showed the Honda 2000 to be one or two db louder than the 3000. I also believe you got a fairly longer run-time with the 3000 (bigger tank).
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:34 AM   #29
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Bought the Yamaha 2400is in June. It runs my Carrier 5AC with no problems. Two weeks ago while beach camping on Galveston we had to move the trailer to another beach 20 miles away at midnight. Upon arriving at second location we were greeted by swarms of mosquitoes. It literally took me 2 minutes to grab that Yamaha and get power up, a security cable locked on it, and the AC running. That's not a moment when you would want to cary two units out, hook up a companion cable and start up. On the negative side of the Yamaha it ran til about 5 am so a tank of gas won't get you through the night. That's where add on fuel tanks come in handy.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:58 AM   #30
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Two Honda 2000s linked for us. They run the 15,000AC, the microwave, the hairdryer, the toaster but not the AC & Micro at the same time. Link em together with an external fuel tank and they run all day, no problem. Run one or two together and they're still quiet. Easy to lift for those with back problems.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:02 AM   #31
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I recommend one with an Onan motor. We have used cement mixers for years with these motors and they are very reliable, but a bit more expensive. Definately worth the extra.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:06 AM   #32
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:59 AM   #33
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Just purchased 2 Yamaha 2000 tri-fuel inverters from US Carb. First one arrived yesterday and the conversion looks nicely done. Gas, propane, or natural gas, runs on all three. Like others have said, one for the winter and two for the summer to handle the AC. Only 44 lbs each, very easy to carry.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:22 PM   #34
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2 yamaha 2000is's. linked together sometimes charges quickly and runs everything.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:30 PM   #35
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I have the Yamaha 2400ishc and love it! It runs my ac and even ran it up in high elevations in Colorado. One was better and cheaper than two for me. Starts on the first pull and very quiet. In Colorado a family walked by and complimented my Yamaha not the Bambi.... A first.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:49 PM   #36
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Ha! That's a hoot, Brad. Glad you're out there enjoying life. And your toys.

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