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Old 06-20-2015, 11:28 AM   #1
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Real world use of our Champion 3100w generator

We own the Champion generator and love it. I don't regret buying it at all. I know Honda is the gold standard everyone looks to, but the Champion has been a great unit for us. I wanted to weigh in on the subject. Rather than trying to describe the noise levels I thought a picture might better demonstrate how tolerable the unit is in use. Last Year at a family reunion we dry camped and relied on the generator. lots of people had the "construction" style units and they had to place them quite a distance from the their rvs as well as parking "in the back forty". In this picture the generator is running and people are relatively close having a normal conversation. Inside the trailer it was barely audible.

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Old 06-20-2015, 03:14 PM   #2
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Is that the invertor style? I think those are relatively quiet, aren't they? The Honda 3000i is around 58dB under full load. The Champion 3100 is rated at 58dB. I know the Honda can throttle back if full power isn't needed... but they are pretty closely rated sound wise, the Champion is less than half the price though.


What size AC unit do you have?
Does the 3100 watt inverter give sufficient power to run it?


I have the regular Champion 3500 watt rated at 68dB. It peaks at 4000 watts, so I knew that it would be sufficient enough to power my AC unit, which was my biggest concern. We haven't taken it camping, but we use it to run the fridge and a portable AC unit when we lose power in the house after storms.
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Sorry for the delay in my response. I was camping all weekend. :-). It is the inverter style and does run my AC. I believe we have the 13500 AC unit. In fact, just for fun I tested it one day and ran our microwave and after the AC was already started. This model Champion also has the "eco" mode and throttles up/down as needed.
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Does your generator have the 30amp RV style plug right on it? No adapter needed to plug in?
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I have the same generator and recently ran all night in econ mode set with my 13500btu ac running with no problem. Did this for 3 days in 85+ degrees ~600 feet elevation. I was amazed that it ran for more than 8 hours on one tank of gas.

It does have a 30amp recepticle built in
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I'm leaving tomorrow for five days of camping and will setup like this again. The forecast is calling for 100 degrees by Sunday. I'm absolutely confident in its ability to handle the AC. It does plug right in.
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I'm leaving tomorrow for five days of camping and will setup like this again. The forecast is calling for 100 degrees by Sunday. I'm absolutely confident in its ability to handle the AC. It does plug right in.

You DO realize that I have to get one now!
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You DO realize that I have to get one now!
That's right! Have to keep the matching setup in balance. Lol
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Just ordered one from Overstock.com for $700 and free shipping. All the good reviews on these forums are what sold me. I could have gotten the 2800 for $100 less, and quite frankly couldn't tell what the difference was except for size and price I think they were rated the same wattage. Anyhow now we are ready to go to some of our favorite more primitive spots, thanks again forum members, so glad I found you.
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Just back from the long HOT weekend. Triple digit heat every day. We were dry camping in a field while attending a music festival. Zero issues with the generator. It did trip the overload once when the microwave was started while the AC was running. Our trailer was popular with members of our group as heat stroke was a real threat for many. There were so many construction style units in attendance. In fact, we had "neighbors" about 75 feet away and one row behind us that had a small one that literally drowned out our Champion every time they started it.
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