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Old 02-08-2018, 10:17 PM   #1
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For the last 7 years I have been using a Champion 3500/4000 "contractor" style generator. I boondock 99% of the time. This summer I am going to 2 national parks and they have restrictions on noise. Does anyone have experience with the Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Inverter generator? They have good reviews on youtube but I would like to hear from this group.
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I look at it but went with the Champion 3500 dual fuel inverter. I saw the HF unit used and thought it was louder. Personal opinion.
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I also have a champion dual fuel. Very happy with it. I haven't heard much bad on the HF predator either.....
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For the last 7 years I have been using a Champion 3500/4000 "contractor" style generator. I boondock 99% of the time. This summer I am going to 2 national parks and they have restrictions on noise. Does anyone have experience with the Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Inverter generator? They have good reviews on youtube but I would like to hear from this group.
The Champion 3xxx inverter generators and the HF 3500 inverter generator have almost the same db rating at 25% power output. Online reviews are very positive for both generators. Although far from a conclusive observation, I did hear an HF 3500 a few weeks ago and it sounded very similar in volume to our Champion 3100. Not as quiet as a Honda EU3000iS, but not nearly as loud as an open frame generator.

For the money the HF 3500 is a good buy. HF offers coupons selling it for $659-$679 all the time. It has an electric start. The only downside is after-sale support. I've heard parts are very hard to obtain. Unless you purchase a HF 1-2 year (one-time) replacement warranty you may be left high & dry in the event of problems. Exactly the opposite is true with Champion. Champion, arguably, offers some of the best warranty support in the industry. On several occasions, Champion expedited warranty parts to us within 2-3 days. On one occasion they even sent us a specialized puller so we could replace a cracked blower housing DIY on our Champion 3100.
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Agreed on champion support. I called and asked about high altitude and they send me the new jet no charge and well as other things I could do to mitigate the effects.
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If I was looking for one I would buy this ,,,,,best price no shipping
Champion 3400W Duel Fuel Inverter Generator with Electric Start | L & M Fleet Supply $ 999.99
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For the last 7 years I have been using a Champion 3500/4000 "contractor" style generator. I boondock 99% of the time. This summer I am going to 2 national parks and they have restrictions on noise. Does anyone have experience with the Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Inverter generator? They have good reviews on youtube but I would like to hear from this group.
This generator has an "adapter" for a 30amp RV. Does anyone know if this is a potential problem? I thought I read a thread a couple months back that if u plug a RV plug into a socket that's not made for it you could have a lot of electrical issues? Will this "adapter" work the same as the 30A adapter to my home outlet limiting the use of running A/C and/or other appliances? Or do you know if the adapter goes into the 30A "locking" plug-in socket?
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This generator has an "adapter" for a 30amp RV. Does anyone know if this is a potential problem? I thought I read a thread a couple months back that if u plug a RV plug into a socket that's not made for it you could have a lot of electrical issues? Will this "adapter" work the same as the 30A adapter to my home outlet limiting the use of running A/C and/or other appliances? Or do you know if the adapter goes into the 30A "locking" plug-in socket?
I have watched a lot of YouTube videos and no one reports issues with the adaptor. That said I am getting the Champion with the key chain start.

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I have decided on a Genny....I am getting the remote start Champion 3100/3400 from supergen. I am going to have them install a tri fuel kit for $155 extra. I plan to run it on Propane most of the time.
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I have decided on a Genny....I am getting the remote start Champion 3100/3400 from supergen. I am going to have them install a tri fuel kit for $155 extra. I plan to run it on Propane most of the time.
Sounds like a good plan. I love my Champion and especially the remote start!
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Hello guys I want to get one but I can't decide on which one to get what I want to do is to be able to run my ac if need, my ac is 15,000 btu I believe so which one will do it? I am looking at the Champion and the Honda thanks guys for your help.
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I'm going to assume something here. By adapter, do you mean a dog bone that has a male twist lock end and a female end for a regular RV 30 amp plug?

If so, that's what I use on my Honda EU2000i Companion. It works fine.

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This generator has an "adapter" for a 30amp RV. Does anyone know if this is a potential problem? I thought I read a thread a couple months back that if u plug a RV plug into a socket that's not made for it you could have a lot of electrical issues? Will this "adapter" work the same as the 30A adapter to my home outlet limiting the use of running A/C and/or other appliances? Or do you know if the adapter goes into the 30A "locking" plug-in socket?
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That 's good. However, if you plan on running it on propane most of the time,
you don't plan on running it much do you? You will use a lot of propane,
and you will not generate as much electricity. All generators, including Hondas, are derated when using propane.

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I have decided on a Genny....I am getting the remote start Champion 3100/3400 from supergen. I am going to have them install a tri fuel kit for $155 extra. I plan to run it on Propane most of the time.
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That 's good. However, if you plan on running it on propane most of the time,
you don't plan on running it much do you? You will use a lot of propane,
and you will not generate as much electricity. All generators, including Hondas, are derated when using propane.
I suffer from over analyzing way to many things. I just ordered the 75537- 2800/3100w Champion Inverter, remote start from supergen. I hope I dont regret the no dual fuel option.
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I suffer from over analyzing way to many things. I just ordered the 75537- 2800/3100w Champion Inverter, remote start from supergen. I hope I dont regret the no dual fuel option.
Yeah I find on Craigslist a guy is selling Dual Fuel 3500w Champion for $875.00 he had it for a year but have about one hour of run time, now if I can get the DW to go for I will be getting this.


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No one will regret the "Champion Generator/Inverter 3100/2800 watt, it will the A/C and Microwave simultaneously, it charge your batteries through the converter and also for a backup of your home when the power company fails to deliver. Have a two way switch on my furnace with a plug and also you can plug in your fridge or deep freeze.
Eat some spinach and it is easy to handle the 90 lbs. also the wife and kids.
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Awesome and I will be getting one pretty soon, also will be getting my home setup to run off the Inverter/Generator for when the power go out.
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The Champion showed up yesterday (a day early). Did the oil, gas, battery and it started right up. I am doing the 5 hour break in period now and so far so good.
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So far I love this thing. I installed an hour meter on it and it works as advertised. When it warms up a bit I will give it test with the AC unit.

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I just broke in my new 3400/3100 Champion Inverter Remote Start and so far I'm pleased. Also did the hour meter and bought a cover. I decided that I didn't want or need the dual fuel option. It's easier to bring a jerry can of gas than lug around another 20lb propane cylinder, I just about always have an extra can of gas with me when towing for the truck anyways, and gas is easier to get than propane most of the time. It wasn't worth the extra money for me, and I think it's a bit heavier too. I have the 15K air conditioner so I bought the slightly bigger one to be safe. 196cc engine.
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