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Old 01-03-2019, 09:47 AM   #11
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We've got a Champion 2000watt model #73540i and it's worked well for our needs over the last 4 seasons. It does have a fuel shut off valve but no fuel gauge. At ~48lbs it's easy to get in and out of the truck bed and can be paired with another one for increased output. Note that Champion has several 2000watt models - some have 1600watt running output and some have 1700 watt running output.
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:37 PM   #12
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Hmmm, the Honda's don't have a fuel shut-off valve?

All of the generators I've owned have had a fuel shut-off valve which I used every time I'm going to shutdown my generator. I shut the valve off and let the generator run the carburetor dry which helps to prevent aging gas from gumming up the carburetor, so I'm surprised the Honda's don't have them.
No, the Honda 2000's do not. Take a look at them. That is one of the reason I got the Yamahas. Like you, when I an done, I like to shut off the fuel to the carburetor so there is no fuel sitting in there.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:52 PM   #13
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Couple points, if you get 2 Hondaís get a standard and a companion. The companion has a 30 amp outlet plug. I use the 30 amp to run just the AC. Might be the same with Yamaha.
Some suggest that a generator be run every month or so to exercise the electronics, the stator or something..., Iím sure someone has more info on that. If that is the case, the gas getting old in the carb will never be an issue.
Speaking of gas, I only use ethanol free premium which limits damage from older fuel. I have only one station near us that offers that. Itís great for your lawn mower, hot rod, etc also, so I can rotate my gas.
And last point, a couple of decibels of sound can be the difference between quiet and requiring ear protection. A unit that is 5 decibels louder, is not just a little louder, itís a lot louder. Get the quietest you can afford so you enjoy your camping, and so you donít drive your neighbors crazy...
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:43 AM   #14
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My approach to gas and small engines is to run premium 91 octane mixed with Sta-Bil year round on all small engines. It doesn't cost much, and that way I know there is always stabilized fuel in all engines and carbs at all times. I store all my equipment with full fuel tanks as to minimize condensation in the tanks, and I generally haven't drained carb bowls either. I do maintenance runs on my engines too, just to exercise them and get the oil hot. Haven't had any problems, and in the spring when I go to use the mini-bike or quad or whatever, they run great on the fuel I stored them with. For years I didn't bother shutting off the fuel petcocks, but recently I decided to get in the habit of doing so. I also will throw a bit of seafoam through each one each season which is great stuff.

Extra point: when exercising a generator, start it up and let the engine run but also connect some sort of electrical draw to put a load on the coils. I use a heat gun with low and high settings.
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Old 01-04-2019, 09:54 AM   #15
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We utilize a Yamaha 2000 to power our rig. Mainly to give a batteries a boost or to utilize the convection oven/microwave unit. Admittedly, when used in the microwave mode it has tripped the circuit one time. Yet, when used as a convection oven all works just fine. As for the AC, we have never used the AC.
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My approach to gas and small engines is to run premium 91 octane mixed with Sta-Bil year round on all small engines. It doesn't cost much, and that way I know there is always stabilized fuel in all engines and carbs at all times. I store all my equipment with full fuel tanks as to minimize condensation in the tanks, and I generally haven't drained carb bowls either. I do maintenance runs on my engines too, just to exercise them and get the oil hot. Haven't had any problems, and in the spring when I go to use the mini-bike or quad or whatever, they run great on the fuel I stored them with. For years I didn't bother shutting off the fuel petcocks, but recently I decided to get in the habit of doing so. I also will throw a bit of seafoam through each one each season which is great stuff.

Extra point: when exercising a generator, start it up and let the engine run but also connect some sort of electrical draw to put a load on the coils. I use a heat gun with low and high settings.
Totally agree - I fill my 5 gallon gas cans with stabil first and then add the gas. I started doing this over ten years ago and haven’t had a carb issue since.

I would recommend the westinghouse igen 4500 and they just released a dual fuel version - I would have got that version if it was available to have more options.

As far as weight it is 97 lbs with out fuel 3.5 gallons adds about 20 lbs, currently I leave it locked in my truck bed under my locked diamond back hd tonneau cover.

I plan on moving it to a cargo platform on the receiver on my eagle TT and build a enclosure to protect it from weather but with good air flow
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My approach to gas and small engines is to run premium 91 octane mixed with Sta-Bil year round on all small engines. It doesn't cost much, and that way I know there is always stabilized fuel in all engines and carbs at all times. I store all my equipment with full fuel tanks as to minimize condensation in the tanks, and I generally haven't drained carb bowls either. I do maintenance runs on my engines too, just to exercise them and get the oil hot. Haven't had any problems, and in the spring when I go to use the mini-bike or quad or whatever, they run great on the fuel I stored them with. For years I didn't bother shutting off the fuel petcocks, but recently I decided to get in the habit of doing so. I also will throw a bit of seafoam through each one each season which is great stuff.

Extra point: when exercising a generator, start it up and let the engine run but also connect some sort of electrical draw to put a load on the coils. I use a heat gun with low and high settings.
Never put any fuel containing ethanol in any small engines or lawn equipment if you can help it. Moisture and condensation cannot mix with pure gasoline; it's the ethanol that allows it to happen. Additives will help but the ethanol is still there. This website: www.pure-gas.org tells you where you can get pure gasoline.
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If money is no concern by the Honda or Yamaha!You can by two Champions for about the same price as one Honda. On my 3rd year with a Champion 3500 remote start. Running fine. Thanks
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This:

https://wenproducts.com/collections/...enerator-56475

I bought this a few years ago before I had an RV so not dual fuel but my AO is going to be at my building site so shouldn't be an issue.
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