Originally Posted by ensign
Don't skimp on a generator, a good one will last for years, and be quiet too.
I have the Yamaha EF3000iSEB. Yes, it is pricy, but it is the last generator you will need. Very quiet too. Runs my 13,5000 air and the microwave at the same time.
I have the same one. The only caveat is that I could only run our 13.5K A/C as long as the generator was running in full power mode. When in Eco mode, the generator wouldn't come up to full speed fast enough to start up the A/C and pop the internal breaker on the generator due to overload.
Even at full speed, you can have a fairly easy conversation standing right over top of the Yamaha. They are *very* quiet units, even more so in Eco mode. The same could be said for the equivalent sized Honda as well. During our last power outage, I had ours running to power our fridge. I could still hear our neighbor's generator over ours, and it was one street over from us.
Our new trailer has a built-in generator, so my trusty Yamaha will likely be devoted to just emergency and "back 40" duty now.