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Old 04-07-2021, 08:08 PM   #1
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Dual fuel generator

I recently purchased a Champion dual fuel 2000 watt generator. I have had an extremely difficult time getting it to start on propane. I wanted propane for many reasons including being able to store it in my tow vehicle. Champion’s customer service has been fantastic and has given me the opportunity to either return the product or have a replacement delivered. I am conflicted about how to proceed. If propane only starting is that difficult, then I am not interested and will purchase a Honda or Yamaha. Can anyone share from their experiences on using the Champion dual fuel generator on propane only? I appreciate any advice, insight and perspective. Thanks in advance
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Propane is not inherently problematic to use. It does take some time to purge the air out of the feed line so the LPG can reach the engine, but it's not that difficult. The Champion is good value. Work with their customer service to resolve your issue.

Note - we bought a Honda with a propane conversion. It was hard to start and ran rough. Problem was an issue known to Honda. They shipped a number of units with a flawed spark plug cap. They sent use a new cap and that resolved the problem.

Good luck with resolving your issue. Pat
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I purchased the Genconnex conversion for my Honda 2200. Prior to starting, you pull up on the bleed for 3 seconds. Two pulls and it fires right up...every time. Propane is fantastic! Low odor exhaust, burns extremely clean...oil looks brand new at every oil change, no mess or smell...love it
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We’ve got a Champion 3400 Dual Fuel and I return it exclusively on propane. Ours has a manual choke which I always pull until it fires. On average it starts within a second or two.

PKI is spot on about air in the line. I’m not sure how you could manually purge the air but I’ve never had a problem starting it. I did the modification to connect the generator to the low pressure port on the Airstream.

Have you tried connecting to a different propane source just to see if it changes how it starts/runs? Just a thought...

Good luck - Champion makes a good product.
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I also have Genconnex converted Honda 2200. After the bleed, mine takes 4 or 5 pulls, but that could be just because I do not use it very often. I much prefer propane over gasoline for the convenience of it.
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I recently purchased a Champion dual fuel 2000 watt generator. I have had an extremely difficult time getting it to start on propane. I wanted propane for many reasons including being able to store it in my tow vehicle. Champion’s customer service has been fantastic and has given me the opportunity to either return the product or have a replacement delivered. I am conflicted about how to proceed. If propane only starting is that difficult, then I am not interested and will purchase a Honda or Yamaha. Can anyone share from their experiences on using the Champion dual fuel generator on propane only? I appreciate any advice, insight and perspective. Thanks in advance
It can be difficult especially at altitude...my solution on our USCarb dual fuel conversion. A petrol shut-off valve.

I first make sure the gas line is fully purged of air, by pushing in the diaphragm on the back side of the regulator.
If still not firing, I start on petrol, pinch off the LP line, shut the valve off, when the genset starts to stumble, release the line. It's really only a concern above 8k'.

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