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Old 10-03-2016, 02:35 PM   #31
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Champion 2800/3100 Dual Fuel Inverter Generator

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Old 10-03-2016, 05:38 PM   #32
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I sold 2000i and bought 2800/3100 champion and will never look back

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Old 10-03-2016, 06:35 PM   #33
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Haven't read all the posts in this thread, but as a retired Coastie and former boat owners an old axiom occurs to me: "it's ALWAYS better to have 2 than 1!". Should you purchase one larger genset, rather than the 2 smaller, and the larger one (for any reason at all) dies, you'll be stuck with NONE. However, if you one of the 2 smaller ones ... - well, you can see the obvious.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:08 PM   #34
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Cotsco has a sale on the Champion 3100/2800 right now for $699.00 which is $200 - 300 less than most other stores and, with the added 1 year warranty Costco offers is a great deal and almost a no brainier then, I see the 84lbs for dry weight and that is heavy. I have a GMC 2500 HD with 17" wheels and that makes that tail gate pretty high! I constantly have to load 50 lb bags of horse feed and that is quite a bit less than the generator. Im not sure but isn't the honda about as heavy? How do folks load these things in the back of the bed? I have seen several folks where they leave the genset in the back of the truck and just run it from there but our electric plug comes from the back of the TT, it has probably a 20' cord.. so, that would mean getting an additional extension cord to make the distance. One thing I did see, which some folk might want to check, on the Champion site under questions and ansers Champion said that you can not pair the 3100 with a 2000 but you have to have another 3100 and that may be a drawback.

I still cannot get a firm answer on what actually the 2000 unit's pared will produce.. is it 2x1700 watts? I read though it maxes out at 3000 watts. Champion tech information isnt really good... I sent them a few questions to tech support 10 days ago and have yet received any reply at all.. so that is discouraging.

Bringing up the point that 2 is a good safety feature if one dies I agree, depending on the combined wattage it could be the way to go. I also have a 15,000 btu AC so, the 3100 along probably would not run the AC for me.

2ea Honda 2000i with their parallel kit is $2100 at the best price I could find... that's alot of change to put out for 3 camping trips a year.

A 3d option might be the new 3400 watt - 3100 watt Champion which they claim was built for the 15000 btu AC with room to spare... According to the spec it is the same weight as the 3100 so, that could be something to look at if I could figure how to put it up in the truck with out having to use my tractor :-)

Just way to many options to think about.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #35
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I've read about several people running the 15k AC with a 3100 Champion. I've personally ran both my 13.5k AC and the microwave at the same time with my 3100 Champion.

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Old 10-03-2016, 08:07 PM   #36
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Thanks Coach, I"ll take that under consideration for sure, I"ve seen some folks that have changed their start up capacitor for better luck, I guess that is something to consider but I'd link to not have to modify the AC.

One big problem I am running in to is that there are no dealers locally (with in 30 miles) that carry or service the unit. I went down to Home Depot the other day and they just said that they don't carry them in the store that I'd have to purchase it on line which is a real issue. I'd like to at least to be able to see what the weights are like. I'd also would like to hear these units next to each other ...

I just did a little more reading and from what I have found is that the Champion has a 1 year parts and Labor warranty, the 2nd year is parts only.. is that right?
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:28 PM   #37
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I'm back with more info. Getting back to my Generator search, I just read a little more on the Champion 3400 Inverter Generator which claims the 3400 surge, 3100 running watts in the same size as the 3100/2800 package. I think to be on the safe side that the 3400/3100 model would meet my needs with the ability to run my 15K btu AC with out any mods.. and, the weight is actually only a few pounds difference than the 3100. I have now found this for about $865.00 No Tax, free shipping. They list the noise at 59db which is louder than the 2000 watt models, but it would eliminate the need to buy 2ea 2000 units (at $499 ea) and the parallel cable for another $75.00

It seems like the 3400 is beginning to come down in price, I was looking at them a couple of weeks ago and they were over $1000.00

My argument to myself is with 2ea 2,000 watt I end up with a 3,000 watt running when tied together, but if I do not plan to run my AC I could carry just 1 of the units to run on the TT. Others have mentioned the 2nd one would be a great back up if something happened to the first one, but looking at how good the reliability report have been I am not sure if these things die that much.

With 1 I only have to deal with 1 unit, maintenance and fuel-ups and when not using the AC I'd probably be closer to the 25% /50% capacity there for running in the Eco mode more often.

So, I"ll throw this on the forum and see what you folks think and if there is anyone has bought the 3400 yet?

Here is the Champion page on the 3400 3400W Inverter Generator - Champion Power Equipment

One down side I have found, Over the last 2 weeks I have sent email inquires to both sales and tech support from Champion and I have received no response at all.. have any of you ever conversed with them on issues?
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:53 PM   #38
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I have 2, 2000 watt Champions I bought off of Amazon. Even in eco mode they ran my 15K AC unit on my 2016 Jayflight. I like having two, easier to move around.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:21 PM   #39
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I've been lusting after the dual fuel version of the same genny. It doesn't put out quite as much power but I like the thought of using it at home - just to keep the furnace and refrigerator going in a power outage. I'm building a new house and plan to put a transfer switch and plug for the Generator just outside the back door. I'll also have propane at the new house (large underground tank) and could put a quick connect outside the back door as well.

The one question I would have (which I doubt anyone on the forum can answer authoritatively - but I thought I'd ask anyway) is - Is the regulator that comes as an option with their generators set to the standard pounds per square inch of RV regulators? IE could I make a hose to plug this generator into the low pressure grill connection on my RV?
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Ltmsc, Thanks for the note, We have the Jayflight 26rks with the 15K ours is a 2013. So, you ran your AC with One of the 2000 units or 2 tied together?

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