I'll second the Boliy issue. I was denied a return to manufacturer when I requested one within their miniscule 15 day return period. I've now spend $200.00 on repairs and it might (just might) be fixed. I won't know about cold weather starting until the fall.
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LEMII, i was where you are, a year after buying my hybrid.
looking to buy a generator.
was told by the DW, that if i was going to get one, it better be the quietest one made.
so, that order eliminated most generators.
luckily, i found a barely used Honda 2000, with only 25 hours on it, on Craig's for around $700.
i've had it now for 4 years and no problems.
i also chose it because i knew that i may need another one to parallel, since we plan to upgrade after retirement.
there are a number of Honda dealers that offer the 2000 for around $900 new, with free shipping. look in a Trailer Life magazine for their ads. Wise Sales and Mayberry's to name a couple.
the Yamaha 2000 would also be a great choice.
Dan- Firefighter, Shawn- Musician/Entrepreneur, Zoe- Faithful Golden Retriever(RIP), 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS, 2007 Rockwood Roo 23SS w/Equalizer and Prodigy, and 5 Mtn. bikes and 2 Road bikes
I'm very happy with my Honda 2000i. It won't quite run the A/C but it runs the microwave, coffee maker (but not both at once) and charges the battery.
I's probably got more run time on it from being used during home power outages than camping. It runs the furnace, fridge, sump pump, and a few lights in the house.
DB has a Yamaha 2400 for his 5er. He had to have one to run his A/C, his wife has MS and the heat really bothers her.
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If I had a permanent spot in a pickup truck, I'd also second the Yammy 4500 inverter generator recommendation. With remote start, it almost is as good as having a built in Onan, especially with the fact that you wouldn't have to worry about having enough wattage to start the microwave or A/C on a 30A connection.
However, if portability were a concern, I'd go with a pair of 2000 watt models and a pairing kit. Even though the Yamahas have a fuel petcock where you can turn them off at that which runs the carb bowl dry for storage, I'd lean towards the Hondas because parts and accessories tend to be more common, and you can easily get a working extended run setup as well as handle reinforcers fairly easily, to keep thieves from cutting handles as easily.
Just make sure to chain the generator or generators down well, or they will walk off.
2000 watts is about minimum for other than battery charging. A 1000w genset would run my drip coffee pot but not run my microwave.
There are seemingly dozens of small quiet (or not so quiet) generators on the market these days. 10 years ago only Honda was quiet. For camping use these will remain low hour devices unlike those construction generators that run 10 hours a day for weeks at a time.
The Hondas have been made for years and there are rarely maintenance issues with them judging from reports here and elsewhere.
I have the Champion 2000W inverter type. Got it at Costco for $490. It's very quiet. One thing I would recommend is you put the refrigerator on gas and not auto. We tried to microwave once (1500W) and it kept overloading. Every appliance was off and couldn't figure out why. Then realized the frige.