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Old 08-11-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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generator for a 154bh

I need to get a generator for my 154bh. I like to tailgate at a football game about one time a year. I like the little Honda 2000 generator because its quiet and small but I dont want to spend $1000 for 1 use per year. I want something quiet and cheaper that will power my little 30 amp trailer. I mainly just want to run the tv during tailgating but I may need to run other things in the future. Any suggestions???
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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but I may need to run other things in the future. Any suggestions???
As you stated... just go ahead and get the Honda, you will find more uses for it because you will have it.

Just like in the movie... "if you build it, they will come"
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:51 PM   #3
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I need to get a generator for my 154bh. I like to tailgate at a football game about one time a year. I like the little Honda 2000 generator because its quiet and small but I dont want to spend $1000 for 1 use per year. I want something quiet and cheaper that will power my little 30 amp trailer. I mainly just want to run the tv during tailgating but I may need to run other things in the future. Any suggestions???
Think of it as an investment....with the Honda you will get a higher return on your $$$$ when you go to sell it.....and enjoy it more while using it.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:41 PM   #4
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The Honda is a fine machine no doubt, so it the Yamaha.

I have a 184BH. I run my camper off of the Champion 2000 watt. It is super quiet. Side by side by a Honda there is little difference (as far as being quiet). The Champion CPE 2000 watt inverter generator will not put out a full 2000 watts for 30 minutes like the Honda, but it will power your camper without any problems.

Like the Honda and the Yamaha, the Champion has 2 settings (quiet and not quiet). I can run my AC, all my lights, my TV, without the engine revving up into the (noisy) function.

The "loud" mode is actually called the economy mode. I can run my camper on economy mode for 10 hours, with 1 tank (1.1 gallons).

I have two of them actually. I bought two of them because the can pigtail together (like the Honda ones) to give 3000watts. I bought them from a company called Super Gen Products. They are currently selling the single 2000 inverter for $394 (free shipping). http://supergenproducts.com/product-.../cpe-inverter/

For what it's worth, I have actually ran my AC, and most of my lights overnight with a 2 stroke 1000 watt generator as well. It is loud, and you'll have to wake up in the middle of the night to refill the gas, but it can be done. To do that you have to turn on the AC in stages... Fan first, let it spool up, then click over to the AC. http://www.amazon.com/Trades-ProŽ-St...watt+generator

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Old 08-11-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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I have a Yamaha. Works great for the 184 and that is what I initially bought it for. That was over a yr ago.
Didn't realize how handy it would become. I use down at the barn, no electricity there, and other uses . It's become a
very handy item here at home....
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Watch Craigs list for a used Honda...that is what I did. I found one for $650 (actually paid $600) and it looked brand new with very little use. Very happy I have it, friends have Yamaha's and they are quite nice too.

I have hear folks, like xkuxme1 ^, sing the the praises of Champions. I have little doubt they work well and quietly, but personally I just really have had good experiences with Honda's small engines so I was more comfortable going that route. Had I not found one on CL I may have considered the Champion when Costco had them, but fortunately I didn't have too.

Best part, I have no doubt I could sell it on CL today for $650 and recoup my entire investment.

Just watch CL for a couple weeks and see what turns up...in my area there is Yamaha 2400 and three differnt Honda 2000s currenlty for sale.
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Just boondocked with my sister this weekend.
They have a 9 year old Honda 2000i.
We ran a 30ft Cougar, my 165 Sport Jayco and a Coleman pop up all off a single generator.
They got a new 2000i kicked in on their new 30 ft Cougar, but haven't fired it up yet.

Obviously no ac's running, but everything else.

I will be buying one as soon as I save the money.

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We've used a Power House 2000wi, and it supported our previous 17' trailer without a problem. It was about 1/2 the price of a Honda and is just as quiet. Worth considering.
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A Honda or Yamaha 2000 watt gen would probably be fine for you as long as you don't want to run your a/c. You might find a good used one on Craigs List
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Actually the AC in the 154BH is a window unit. You can run the entire camper (microwave included) with a Honda, Yamaha, or Champion 2000 watt generator.
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