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Old 01-11-2015, 07:31 PM   #11
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thank you all for the great advice! we really appreciate the help, and are glad we have this forum for advice! we hope as we learn we can be of help,too!
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:26 PM   #12
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Welcome to the forum. Lots of good folks and good advice.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:49 PM   #13
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I'm a Honda EU2000i user, and am very pleased. Bought it used on Craig's List for $600. I strongly suggest watching Craig's List for what ever you buy.

My advice to you, regardless of brand or wattage, pay very close attention to the Db ratings. If you are ever going to be camping around other folks I strongly suggest Db rating of 58Db or less. Anything louder than 58 and no one will be happy. For reference the Honda and Yamaha are rated for 53DB at 1/4 load which is very pleasant.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:27 AM   #14
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Honda has a new 3000w generator out now that is less than half the weight of the original 3000 its fairly pricey but look to be a good fit for camping and a lot easier to handle I believe its called the EU3000i handi . looks like a solid unit
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:30 AM   #15
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Honda has a new 3000w generator out now that is less than half the weight of the original 3000 its fairly pricey but look to be a good fit for camping and a lot easier to handle I believe its called the EU3000i handi . looks like a solid unit
Did it change? Handi 3000 came out in 09.
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I thought they made it lighter? but then again my internet is pretty slow!!!!
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:53 PM   #17
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As you can see in my signature we use 2 Yamaha 2000w generators with a parallel kit.

This provides 30 amps. They are 44 lbs each so can be easily moved.

Expensive, but you get what you pay for. We also use for back up power at the stick house.
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Have Yamaha EF2400iSHC Portable Generator, it will run 13500 btu AC, however, everything else has to be off, it weights about 70 lb, very fuel efficient, fairly quiet, used it over night at a few state campgrounds in NJ, nobody ever complained , around $1300 on Amazon,
Yamaha generators have the longest emission engine durability ratings issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Gasoline petcock lets you shut off the gas to run the carb dry for storage and helps prevent stale gas problems. Fuel gauge allows fuel level to be seen at-a-glance. This model boasts High Current output which is designed specifically to increase motor starting capability and to improve air conditioner starting. This High Current model starts most high efficiency 13,500 but AC in temperatures up to 110-Degree F. The EF2400iSHC has an aluminum die-cast frame, combined with an aluminum TCI rotor and other weight-saving measures to provide a powerful and compact generator weighing only 75 pounds. The EF2400iSHC uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to produce high-quality electricity comparable to the power supplied by public utilities. Use this generator with confidence as a power source for microcomputer-controlled appliances and other devices with built-in computer functions. Yamaha's Smart Throttle feature automatically adjusts engine speed to match the load. The result is quiet running, maximum fuel efficiency and a run time of 8.6 hours at 1/4 capacity load. Yamaha's Oil Watch Warning System helps prevent engine damage from low oil.
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Have Yamaha EF2400iSHC Portable Generator, it will run 13500 btu AC, however, everything else has to be off, it weights about 70 lb, very fuel efficient, fairly quiet, used it over night at a few state campgrounds in NJ, nobody ever complained , around $1300 on Amazon,
Yamaha generators have the longest emission engine durability ratings issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Gasoline petcock lets you shut off the gas to run the carb dry for storage and helps prevent stale gas problems. Fuel gauge allows fuel level to be seen at-a-glance. This model boasts High Current output which is designed specifically to increase motor starting capability and to improve air conditioner starting. This High Current model starts most high efficiency 13,500 but AC in temperatures up to 110-Degree F. The EF2400iSHC has an aluminum die-cast frame, combined with an aluminum TCI rotor and other weight-saving measures to provide a powerful and compact generator weighing only 75 pounds. The EF2400iSHC uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to produce high-quality electricity comparable to the power supplied by public utilities. Use this generator with confidence as a power source for microcomputer-controlled appliances and other devices with built-in computer functions. Yamaha's Smart Throttle feature automatically adjusts engine speed to match the load. The result is quiet running, maximum fuel efficiency and a run time of 8.6 hours at 1/4 capacity load. Yamaha's Oil Watch Warning System helps prevent engine damage from low oil.
Not sure where you live, but I had to ditch the EF2400iSHC. I live in Utah at ~4500 ft, and it would didn't have the backbone to run the A/C over 6K feet. Most of our camping is in the higher elevations just from the nature of where we live. Just something to keep in mind while doing your research.
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The problem with 2 smaller generators is that you are filling fuel often.
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