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Old 09-17-2017, 01:39 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a Inverter Generator

We want to be able to boondock next camping season so now we are in the market for a generator. We are Solar equipped but I know that will just slowly recharge our 2 6V batteries. We need more power to run the A/C and microwave.
We don't want to be that person that everyone hates because their generator is so loud.
We are considering either a Honda 3500 or a Yamaha 3500 mainly because of how quiet they are.
We have been told the 3500 will run both micro and A/C but not at same time.
I have been researching and the Champion 3500 is coming up as a good option at a much cheaper price
What do you have and does it do what you want. Any other brands out there we should look at, we are in Canada if that makes a difference. TIA
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Old 09-17-2017, 02:04 PM   #2
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I will give a plug for the one we have, Predator 3500 Inverter generator, super quiet and works great. Runs our 30 amp service like a pro. No issues, electric start the works. Can't beat the $700 price and usually $650 with a frequent coupon on them. It sets in our tow vehicle all the time. Comes with with a RV plug.
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Old 09-17-2017, 02:41 PM   #3
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Come to the darkside...Champion

Lots of folks LOVE their Honda or Yamaha generators. Got it. Flame me if you must.

However, my Champion Hybrid 3500/4000 starts one pull, (every time I remember to turn on the gas) has a 3 year warranty, and it is QUIET in the Eco mode even when the 15,000 BTU A/c is cranking. Paid $600 on Amazon, added oil for 5 hour break in, changed oil, and went camping.

Added an hour meter and use synthetic oil well, just because I maintain my stuff.

It does have a 30 Amp RV outlet

https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Powe...brid+generator
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Old 09-17-2017, 03:07 PM   #4
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We have the Champion 3100 electric start and we are very pleased with it. It has an RV plug, keeps the batteries charged, starts when we push the button, and will run the air cond if we need it to.

In economy mode it is very quiet and to me sounds no louder than a Honda/Yamaha. With economy mode off, the noise level increases but I haven't heard a similar Honda/Yamaha running at full power to compare.
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:27 PM   #5
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Another vote here for the 3500 watt Predator... Handles our needs perfectly.
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:28 PM   #6
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Thank you for this now to show this to DH he is a Honda guy but I think they are to much $$.
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Old 09-17-2017, 07:14 PM   #7
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If you want to run the microwave and the AC at the same time, Install a Micro-Air on the AC, I did and I can run my AC and Microwave at the same time with my (2) Yamaha 2000 generators.
Here is the Link:

https://www.microair.net/collections...nt=30176048267
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Old 09-17-2017, 11:18 PM   #8
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Another vote for Harbor Freight Predator 3500w
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:05 AM   #9
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I purchased a Predator 3500 based on cost and online reviews. I really like it so far. Was camping next to someone that was using a Champion and the Predator seemed to be a lot quieter than the Champion. You can buy three of these for the cost of the Honda equivalent.

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I own a Harbor Freight Predator 3500w 30 hours on it no real problems, it does have a bit of a rough idle like some say, but it powers everything A/C and micro, just fine , never tried both at the same time. $650 good for me
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