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Old 01-10-2017, 07:55 PM   #31
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Bought a Honda 3000is and while it hurt when the final total was wrung up, it is well worth it. I know I have one of the best genny's out there.

I was camping at Assateague Island this past summer. The quiet hours for generator's ends at 10pm. We were watching a movie with my daughter and it was going to last about 30 minutes past quiet hours. I went to both "neighbors" and asked if they would mind, but both said they didn't even know it was running. Honestly, standing outside the trailer all I could hear was the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.

These things are the best and like someone said earlier, they are the gold standard for a reason. Highly recommend this generator. Like my dad said, buy right and only buy once.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:41 PM   #32
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I bought a Honda 3000is. The deciding point for me was the oil change interval. Look at the difference between brands. What I found a few years ago was that the cheaper brands were ensuring engine life by reducing the engine oil change interval. One couldn't even run an entire football weekend.

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Old 01-10-2017, 09:43 PM   #33
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. Like my dad said, buy right and only buy once.

"cry once".
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Ditto on the 'cry once' - that's how I learned it as well.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:58 AM   #35
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Do you have a picture?
I'm currently lifting it in and out of my F350.....
I use the same rack that dewey02 posted. I did modify the rack a little to make it more sturdy. I have the generator bolted to the rack with security bolts, 2 padlocks and 2 cable locks. I cover the generator with an outboard motor cover from Bass Pro when towing and throw a cheap plastic grill cover over it when the trailer is stored.

I was going to build a fancy awning over it so I could run it in the rain. We were at a tailgate one weekend and it started raining. I got in the storage compartment and found one of my $7 beach umbrellas. Bunch of bungee cord and a couple of spring clamps later I had the generator protected from the rain with plenty of free air circulation. I decided that would be my "fancy" generator awning from now on. Works great.


The eu3000is runs my 15K A/C, microwave, converter and refer all at the same time just fine. I told my wife to not run the microwave when the A/C is on and she said "why not, I've been doing it all weekend". I just said OK then.


Those eu7000 generators are the quietest of all. I know folks like to say their "X" brand is just as quiet as a Honda but if you spend an hour wandering around a football tailgate lot you can actually hear almost all brands running. In my opinion, nothing is a quiet as a eu Honda. I don't care what the specs say.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:03 AM   #36
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The eu3000is runs my 15K A/C, microwave, converter and refer all at the same time just fine. I told my wife to not run the microwave when the A/C is on and she said "why not, I've been doing it all weekend". I just said OK then.
So it does spin up the 15k A/C? That's really good to know. I thought it might since that breaker in my camper is a 20amp breaker and the max amps on the EU3000is is 23 amps or something like that.
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So it does spin up the 15k A/C? That's really good to know. I thought it might since that breaker in my camper is a 20amp breaker and the max amps on the EU3000is is 23 amps or something like that.
Jopopsy, I have read about installing a Hard Start kit on an A/C when starting from a generator. Not that big a deal for the generator as it will pop the breaker but apparently it is hard on the A/C compressor if the available amps are borderline for the startup surge. Here is one off of amazon. I don't endorse this one nor do I know anybody that has used this particular kit but it explains the reasoning for it. You might want to look into it further if you are concerned about starting the A/C from gen power.


https://www.amazon.com/Compressor-Sa.../dp/B003FNMADE
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So it does spin up the 15k A/C? That's really good to know. I thought it might since that breaker in my camper is a 20amp breaker and the max amps on the EU3000is is 23 amps or something like that.
Ours runs the 15k air conditioner as well. However, I have found that it can't start it from the lowest idle point on the Eco setting. There has to be other load that has raised the RPM or you have to set it on full throttle. There's not enough reserve capacity for the engine RPMs to spin up fast enough without over loading. Typically this is not a problem as it doesn't run at the lowest setting very often and doesn't take much RPM raise to be OK.

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Ours runs the 15k air conditioner as well. However, I have found that it can't start it from the lowest idle point on the Eco setting. There has to be other load that has raised the RPM or you have to set it on full throttle. There's not enough reserve capacity for the engine RPMs to spin up fast enough without over loading. Typically this is not a problem as it doesn't run at the lowest setting very often and doesn't take much RPM raise to be OK.

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Mine will start in the low idle ECO setting but it does put a strain on the generator. Only once did it actually trip off while starting in ECO. It's usually not an issue because it's so hot outside that the A/C doesn't cycle off and back on during the day and run current (measured) on my 15K is only 8 amps. I don't know if my A/C has a hard start cap or not. If it does it's because it came from the factory (doubtful) with one as I didn't install one.
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The champion 3000w meets the following requirements for me.

Good quality
Excellent price
Fairly quite
Clean power
Enough power to run AC OR anything else in camper
Good warranty
Great customer service (from what I hear)
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