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Old 02-08-2018, 09:17 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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Old 02-08-2018, 10:37 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-09-2018, 12:07 AM   #3
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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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Old 02-16-2018, 10:37 AM   #4
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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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Old 02-16-2018, 11:40 AM   #7
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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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Old 02-16-2018, 07:27 PM   #8
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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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