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Old 08-31-2015, 03:27 PM   #11
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I have a 3000 watt Honda, a 2000 watt Champion and just purchased a 3100 watt champion. All are the inverter type which is what you would want if camping. I think that Hondas are virtually bullet proof if you do proper maintenance. I bought the 3100 Champion because it will run 1 AC and most other appliances in the RV if you use a little power management. The big reason is that it weighs 85 lb. vs the Honda's 140 lb.!! I am very pleased with its performance so far. And it is very cost effective at between $600 and $700 vs. $2000 for a 3000 watt Honda. Time will tell but at this point, I would look hard at the inverter type Champions.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:24 PM   #12
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i have a 2000 watt Honda and it is great. Had it for years. Mine will run 20-30 hours over a weekend and use 2-3 gal of fuel. Figure the size you need and go from there.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:26 PM   #13
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Costco also has a Smarter Tools brand 2000W inverter that uses the same engine as the Yamaha but about $200 cheaper than the Yamaha. It can also be hooked up to another one like the Honda and Yamaha in case you want to run your AC. It has pretty good reviews and Costco has a great return policy.
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Old 09-01-2015, 06:26 AM   #14
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I had a 6000kw non-inverter generator on a houseboat a few years back. This was just before inverter types were becoming available. It did the job nicely and being on a houseboat when it was being used we were typically on anchor in the middle of nowhere and not close to anybody. But....Let me tell you after a few hours you get tired of listening to that sucker. Even with it being located on the stern it would drive you crazy. Don't just be concerned about you neighbors in a crowded RV park, worry about your own sanity. The loud generators aren't worth it at any price. IMHO
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If you are really wanting a Honda brand generator ...

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If you are set on getting a HONDA brand, then it is getting into the season of sales for Christmas - watch the HONDA site, last year they not only ran a discount but provided 0-down/0% financing AND threw in freebies like generator covers.
Déjà vu, today I got an email from our Honda dealer (Gardenland in Campbell, California) and it appears they have another sale season starting - maybe other Honda dealers have something going too.
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Thank you Charles and Chuck.
So I had no idea sorry newbie here and definitely don't know too much about generators. It seemed like a good option if we were to boondock somewhere in the middle of nowhere. I didn't know what to look for, my husband will be over the moon you recommended Honda. He has a small one which I wasn't sure would be the right fit for our travel trailer and don't have the information on it. Thank you for your information and help on the brands and things to look for!
schab3ng3l- the old saying, "you get what you pay for" Honda 2000i & 2000i companion in parallel will run you ac and everything else except you'll have to turn it off while microwave is on then turn ac back on!!! Honda is more expensive, close to $2000.00 verses Champion $600.00 on sale but I believe they are made in China versus Honda which is the most trouble free & durable!!! I'd hate to get set up boon docking in the sticks somewhere and have to pack up or hope my batteries will handle the load for more than a couple days without an ac if needed!!! Your choice but my choice and many more that I spoke with chose the Honda's, at approx. 58 lbs. each versus over 200 lbs. and decible rating approx. on 64 decibels under a 1/2 load or more!!!
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schab3ng3l- the old saying, "you get what you pay for" Honda 2000i & 2000i companion in parallel will run you ac and everything else except you'll have to turn it off while microwave is on then turn ac back on!!! Honda is more expensive, close to $2000.00 verses Champion $600.00 on sale but I believe they are made in China versus Honda which is the most trouble free & durable!!! I'd hate to get set up boon docking in the sticks somewhere and have to pack up or hope my batteries will handle the load for more than a couple days without an ac if needed!!! Your choice but my choice and many more that I spoke with chose the Honda's, at approx. 58 lbs. each versus over 200 lbs. and decible rating approx. on 64 decibels under a 1/2 load or more!!!
But wait if the Champion craps out another $600 that's $1200 for two new and I still got enough to buy a third if the second Champ craps. 3 Champions for the price of the Hondas.
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I have a Champion 2000 watt inverter that I used for my previous 184BH. It ran the Small AC in that with no trouble. I plan on getting a 2nd to run parallel for the added watts. The Champion is IMHO the best bang for the buck.
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I have an older Champion, neglect it something fierce, and it still starts on the first pull every time..
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:14 AM   #20
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Why are propane generators not as popular?

Just starting to do my research, but geez... seems like propane would be the way to go. Way less maintenance (stuck carbs, old gas, etc.), you've already got the fuel on board your camper, and quieter I think.

What am I missing, exactly? Why does everyone seem to own a gas and swear by them?
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