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Old 08-31-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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generator Opinions for this newbie?

So I saw that costco is selling a generator and I have never heard of the brand and was hoping if I posted it here I might get a users opinion of the brand before I spent $ on it. I would love to hear what generators you use and why you like it. I'd also love to hear what brands to avoid. thanks in advance.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:36 PM   #2
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Here's the link sorry I forgot to post with my original message!

Champion 7000W Running / 9000W Peak DUAL FUEL Generator w/Electric Start
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:40 PM   #3
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That's a whole lotta genset for camping.


What size RV are you camping with? That genset will run two A/C units or 1 AC + the microwave...


The Champion brand has been purchased by others here. They'll speak for themselves.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:43 PM   #4
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The Champion brand is fairly well known. However the model you are asking about is a strict no-no if you are going to be in a campground and/or near other campers. The noise level of 74 dBA (decibels) is going to generate some unhappy neighbors.

Most campers favor the Honda EU series and the Yamaha. Champion does make an inverter generator that is much quieter than 74db.

I use a pair of Honda EU2000i in parallel. Has served me well with no maintenance issues whatsoever.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:46 PM   #5
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9000 watts? Seems like considerable overkill...and you did you notice it weighed 220#?

If you're willing to spend that kind of money, consdier the 2800W inverter
Champion 2,800W Running / 3,100W Peak Digital Inverter Gas Generator (CARB-50 State compliant)

You won't be able to run your A/C and microwave at the same time but should handle everything else.

It's much quieter and lighter than the 9000W and provides cleaner power (which is important for electronics)

Inverter generators are prefered for camping since they are so much quieter and provide cleaner power. The "gold standard" is dual Honda 2000W, but that will set you back about $2,000.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:47 PM   #6
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Yeah it is but I don't know much about any of it and didn't want to spend $ especially this kind of $ on something that may not be the right option for us. Ours is a travel trailer jay flight 29 QBS. I thought it would be a good option because of the dual fuel options if we were to boon dock.
On another note not generator related but do you like the tacoma you have? I really like the new diesel tundra coming out and my husband really wants a Dodge Ram and I was hoping to hear from owners of toyotas and Dodges! We have a toyota higlander and are saving for a truck and borrowing my Dad's diesel F-350.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:51 PM   #7
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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!
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This it 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. That's the route we went ~ and they are VERY quiet unless we use the microwave (hehe).

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Costco will have the Champion 2800/3100 inverter generator on special in another month or two. It's ~$600 on sale, quite, will run a 13500 AC and users seem very happy. If I didn't already have a EU2000i, which has been the gold standard I would get the Champion.
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Another brand to consider would be yamaha. A bit cheaper than the honda's but not by much.

More to consider
1) 800w is enough to charge batteries while boondocking, no A/C probably no microware
2) single 2000w (peak, only about 1800w running), you still don't have A/C
3) 3000w, now you can run AC
4) 4000w (via dual 2000w) is a popular option...
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