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Old 05-06-2014, 01:24 AM   #1
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Which Honda Generator First???

Hello all, after a ton of research we have decided to purchase the Honda EU2000i Generator, with the intent of buying another in the near future to Parallel for A/C use if everything goes right with the funding. My research shows that an excellent combination would be the eu2000i paralleled with a eu2000i companion.

My question is what one should I buy first, or does it matter. My Whitehawk has a 30 amp plug and so does the companion. From what I can tell the only difference between the two is the companion has 1-20 amp receptacle and 1-30 amp receptacal, and the eu2000i has 2-20 amp receptacles.

Am I missing something and does it matter between the two. Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:19 AM   #2
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It really doesn't matter but I would get the Companion first. You will need a dogbone in either case. The 30 amp connector on the generator and the RV plug are not the same. The generator is the twist-lock type.

I use the EU2000i/EU200i Companion set up myself. Works great. When you don't need air conditioning you only need to run one generator.

While you are at it consider getting an extended run fuel tank.
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It really doesn't matter but I would get the Companion first. You will need a dogbone in either case. The 30 amp connector on the generator and the RV plug are not the same. The generator is the twist-lock type.

I use the EU2000i/EU200i Companion set up myself. Works great. When you don't need air conditioning you only need to run one generator.

While you are at it consider getting an extended run fuel tank.
Ditto X2. Actually have 2 regular EU2000 [no companion] but the only difference is that I need the parallel kit to get the full amp output. So far I have never needed the twin set up as the only time you need it is to run the AC. Would by the companion if I had it to do over again but I was facing a different issue at the time. My first 2000 was having a problem and 2 trips and $300 to a Honda certified service center had not fixed the unit. I needed the gen so I bought a new one. I found a retired Auto expert who found it fun to learn and fix anything and he fixed my original unit for the cost of a new fuel pump and it ran all last season without a glitch.

The short answer is like the previous post said, is that it doesn't matter which you buy first.
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Whichever you can find on Craigslist for a good price. I bought my eu2000i on CL for $600. It was in great shape and after a $50 service it has been bullet proof for 2 years. Probably didn't need to pay to have it serviced, but I just wanted an expert to take a closer look than I knew how to at the time.
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Thanks a million for all the good information everyone. I hate to ask a dumb question, but here goes. What is a dogbone? Is that just an adapter so the 30 amp plug on the trailer can be used? Sorry Guys/Gals.
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I just got the twistlock adapter to fit my Companion. It came with the Honda parallel kit.
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i also have the twin honda 2000 set up. great generators. if you can only afford one first, i would definitely get the one that you can use the twistlock adaptor on. that way you can plug it into your 30 amp trailer cord and use your a/c & other appliances. you would need that second generator if you plan on using more appliances at the same time. great set up.
they are not that heavy either. i was gonna originally get a large 3000-4000 watt, but thank god that i didn't cause one of those would have broke my back. these 2000's individually only weigh about 60lbs each.
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Thanks a million everyone for all the good information. I ordered the companion first and should be receiving it Tuesday. I also ordered the Parallel kit with it that included the adapter, so i'll have it when I get the other one. Thanks again.

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Which honda generator first???

I have had my Honda 2000 generators for 12 years plus. There is likely 500 hours or more on the generators now. They are as dependable as the day they were new. Very easy to maintain. I bought the one in 2002 and then two years later the other.
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I found out real quick living and camping mostly here on the East Coast and South that you can't run a generator for very many hours during the day. Usually 8AM-10AM and then from 4:30PM to 7:30PM with some Natl Forest areas from 8AM to 8PM. No one allows you to run one after 8PM that I have found at public camp grounds.

Most of my camping is off the power grid so I beefed up my OFF-ROAD POPPUP to run all the thing we want to run off the batteries and Inverter. Does not include Air Conditioning... With all this in mind I only use my generator for around three hours each day to re-charge my batteries when allowed each morning starting at 8AM during breakfast.

Been doing this since 2009 with my OFF-ROAD POPUP setup and it works out just fine for us...

I get by just fine with ONE 2KW Honda Generator doing this. My current battery bank is 255AHs capacity.

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