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Old 07-13-2014, 11:40 AM   #11
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Just fyi, I had a champion 2000 inverter and it ran fine below 6000', at altitude it couldn't handle any load well. The Honda's 2000's have altitude kits for different elevations and mine works great 7k feet up and higher.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:26 PM   #12
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I'm just waiting for the Champion 3100 inverter/ generator to arrive from Costco online..
Should be 7 to 10 days..
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:42 AM   #13
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I use a Yamaha 2000 and have had other campers complement me on how quiet it is.
They said they are looking for a CHEAP generator.Everyone knows how quiet the Yamaha's and Honda's are but they are NOT cheap.
By the way I nominated you for the "Super Quiet Genny Camper" of the year award. LOL
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Just fyi, I had a champion 2000 inverter and it ran fine below 6000', at altitude it couldn't handle any load well. The Honda's 2000's have altitude kits for different elevations and mine works great 7k feet up and higher.
Just be aware that the higher up you go, the less oxygen there is. All motors (with the exception of turbos, which can compensate) will make less power up high. The concept is called "density altitude" and at 7000 feet, you could be down on power as much as 20% - more if it's hot.

Generators may have carb adjustments (lean) for higher altitudes, this can help with power a bit, but it won't put more oxygen in the air, you're still looking at power loss.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:39 AM   #15
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They said they are looking for a CHEAP generator.Everyone knows how quiet the Yamaha's and Honda's are but they are NOT cheap.
By the way I nominated you for the "Super Quiet Genny Camper" of the year award. LOL
Ok, they want CHEAP. In that case the answer is pretty simple, there aren't any reliable quiet "cheap" generators. In the long run they will be better served by biting the bullet and purchasing one that has been mentioned in this thread. The $100 800w gen from Harbor Freight won't get the job done for them.
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Ok, they want CHEAP. In that case the answer is pretty simple, there aren't any reliable quiet "cheap" generators. In the long run they will be better served by biting the bullet and purchasing one that has been mentioned in this thread. The $100 800w gen from Harbor Freight won't get the job done for them.
I beg to differ with you Bassdogs on "there aren't any reliable quiet "cheap" generators on the market. The only generator that was mentioned in this thread was Champion. They may not be as quiet and the Honda's or Yamaha's but they do the same thing for half the price. As far as Harbor Freight I'm not sure what brand they sell but I am certain I haven't seen any Champion's there.
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I beg to differ with you Bassdogs on "there aren't any reliable quiet "cheap" generators on the market. The only generator that was mentioned in this thread was Champion. They may not be as quiet and the Honda's or Yamaha's but they do the same thing for half the price. As far as Harbor Freight I'm not sure what brand they sell but I am certain I haven't seen any Champion's there.
Your choice to make but even the Champion is not cheap. Less than the
H or the Y's but not cheap. Where I misspeak? No reliable "quiet" cheap generators. Champions are not quiet although some say they aren't as loud as the good ones.
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Your choice to make but even the Champion is not cheap. Less than the
H or the Y's but not cheap. Where I misspeak? No reliable "quiet" cheap generators. Champions are not quiet although some say they aren't as loud as the good ones.
I agree the Champions aren't cheap either but buying one 3100 watt Champion for $800.00 is a lot less than buying two 2000 watt Honda's to achieve the same result. Maybe if Honda lowered their price then even more people would by them and Champion wouldn't even be a consideration.
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I agree the Champions aren't cheap either but buying one 3100 watt Champion for $800.00 is a lot less than buying two 2000 watt Honda's to achieve the same result. Maybe if Honda lowered their price then even more people would by them and Champion wouldn't even be a consideration.
I have both a Honda and a Champion. And there is no comparison. The Honda is far superior to the Champion in every way. The Champion is a fairly well built but under powered generator. The Honda is quieter and delivers more power. You are talking apples and oranges!!!!
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I have both a Honda and a Champion. And there is no comparison. The Honda is far superior to the Champion in every way. The Champion is a fairly well built but under powered generator. The Honda is quieter and delivers more power. You are talking apples and oranges!!!!
Since you own both I must certainly be mistaken however if you ever feel like selling that underpowered Champion of yours shoot me a PM and I'll give you top dollar.
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