Those blue machines are awesome!!!! I wanted two in parallel, but the extra 30lbs of lifting it was just too much for my bulging discs. So, I bought two Honds at only 50lbs each (roughly). Now I get 4000 surge watts and 3200 continuous watts. The generators don't have to work as hard while running the 15K BTU A/C plus.... Lights, kid's TV or stereo.
Lifting only 50lbs at a time is a back saver. Lu's, when we camp in cold weather, I only bring one Honda genny because I'm not running the A/C.
That being said however, your Yamaha is awesome. I'm definitely a "Red and Blue" fan exclusively! I don't care for the "Yellow" brand because its too loud. Constant "lawn mower" noise is the last thing anyone wants to hear and a quiet camp ground.
One suggestion,,,, since ethanol gas is pretty much nation wide now, make sure you use Sta-Bil fuel preserver and maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil or SeaFoam splashed in each tank full. Your genny will last forever! Just change the plug about every year and keep running that synthetic oil!
Congrats on the new Yamaha!!!
Electric jacks are the best invention since toilet paper was invented!!!! I typically hit the toggle switch with my left finger (up or down) while my right hand holds my Heineken light!!!!
The only advice I would give, is to go with the biggest, most powerful unit you can. For example, if you have a trailer and you calculate the tongue weight, don't forget that it also must lift your pick up truck's weight at the rear end too. My 2500HD fully loaded with the trailer connected could have passed with a 3000lb model. But to keep the jack working a bit faster, I got the 3500lb.
Well, when I first read your post, I saw "2003." I was going to warn you about the injectors, until I read on with your post.
270,000 miles for an '03??? I would try to find something better. Yeah, on the old diesels that don't have the DPF systems that actually accelerate polutants within the crank case, you don't have to worry much. But that 270,000 mile thing is still high for the price. I'd try to get it for under $7,500 if it were me. Otherwise, I'd search for a newer model with less miles and bit higher in price. Again, that's just me.
Does the seller have the actual mechanic's receipt indicating the mileage on the truck at the time the injectors were replaced? Many of the '03, 04 and '05 Duramax's had to have the injectors replaced at around 100,000 miles. If that's the case, the existing injectors already have 170,000 on them. I'm not sure, but did GM replace those faulty injectors with the exact same ones, or were they new and improved injectors, thus eliminating the original problem to begin with?
How's the transmission? Without actually taking it to a mechanic that specializes in '03 GM trannys (don't recall if that's an Allison that year), I'd be really leary.
Also, hows the water pump and coolant system for that matter? I'd want the core scoped too if it were me. I'd also have the axle looked at, although that's pretty bullet proof.
What was the truck used for primarily? Towing??? Does the seller have all his receipts for all the routine oil changes? I doubt it, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
These are just questions you have to find the answers to when buying a vehicle with so many miles on it already. Yes, diesels tend to live longer lives in terms of mileage, but I'd still be questioning EVERYTHING. You gotta ask yourself, how long do you want to own this truck?
So DEF is not the death of diesel like some on this board have predicted.....
We'll see when they get some (100k plus miles) on them and the warranty is over. Just one more item that might need fixing :W Having said that, I'll fess up. It is the future.
OBTW I haven't spent any money on DEF for 8 years now while getting as good of mileage as the new boys :B Not quite the same power though :M
You're correct about the warranty and "something else to go wrong." I personally hate all this earth-first crap. I'm all for the guys that mod their diesels in areas that don't have such government control over one's life.
I agree that DEF is NOT going to kill the diesel. Not hardly! We will just adapt to the technology. What I absolutely detest however is the DPF units that actually SUCK UP MORE DIESEL fuel, just to "regen" the DPF! Talk about a waste of frick'n energy and creating a bigger "carbon foot print!" What hypocrisy! What a joke!
My brother mod'd his Duramax and dumped the DPF. His fuel economy went up about 3 miles per gallon more. I would mod my diesel in a heart beat, however I live in a communist controlled state where my diesel gets inspected every other year by the "smog-nazis."
Im still praying for the day, where technology can lead to the development of a diesel engine that runs clean AND... doesn't require DEF or a power robbing, fuel guzzling DPF regen system. As many of you are already aware, this DPF diesel smog******actually routes back some of the exhaust impurities to the crank case. That's the reason why they had to come out with the "CJ-4" class motor oil. It's also a reason why Caterpillar no longer has a million mile guarantee on their new earth moving equipment before an engine overhaul.
The new diesels, new diesel motor oil and smog technology only costs us more in fuel costs and the engines don't have the longevity as they used to. Thanks EPA!
One of my friends ac is having a hard time starting its got a hard start for the motor and some fan caps on it . Can I jut install the hard start on it.
I don't get your question. You say your friend's AC has a "hard start for the motor..." Then you ask, can you just install a "hard start on it." Huh???
Are you asking to install a bigger hard start capacitor than the existing "hard start" capacitor already on the Box?
Also, if you are going to install a HS Cap, I highly suggest the Supco SPP6E model as depicted in the link below.
Yeah this is highly unusual. A EU3000 will definitely run and charge ANY rv converter or battery charger. Not only that, but I have a Honda EU1000 and it alone powers my RV converter without a hitch!!!!
I wish I knew where I could direct you to start looking for the problem. I too am at a loss for words.
The air conditioner itself isn't exactly silent inside the RV, so the Honda noise outside is no big deal.
Ditto. Hondas or the Yamahas placed 20' away from the backside of one's RV is very quiet.
Where I camp most of the time by a creek, the rushing water sound drowns out the generator noise 100%, 24hrs a day. Gotta love those EXPENSIVE inverter gennys.
Why would you want to? That would be more expensive than a low cost campground.
Now I have a seperate external fuel tank to run the twins and I can run all night without running out of fuel.
Good question. I'll answer as best I can.
1) With twin Hondas or Yamahas at the 2000-2400 watt range, running a 15K BTU A/C is going to suck gas. With my twin gennys and the A/C running, I'd have to refuel about every 4 hrs. With an external fuel tank, I can run both gennys continuously for about 14 hrs.
2) If I have the ability to run the A/C for "14hrs," I don't have to wake up in the middle of the night to refuel. I've camped in the high sierras in July And we needed the A/C on at night because it was very hot and muggy. Almost monsoon like weather. In that case, its nice to have the A/C and actually use it
3). Just because its soooo hot, doesn't mean I will stop "boondocking." While everyone else floods a campground with full hookups, my family gets to continue to camp in pristine, isolated locations no matter what the weather temp is. I'd rather be enjoying a piece of the river, creek or mountains with few to no other campers and my Hondas, than some "canned campground" packed with sardines (RVers).
4) The added price of filling a $5 gallon external generator fuel tank a few times on a camping trip, isn't going to be the deciding factor on whether or not we actually go camping. The difference between paying a little more for generator gas and getting a quiet isolated campground, outweighs the "downer" of having to camp in a full hookup camping lot, full of other people I don't even know. I'd much prefer to pay a few bucks more in gas to have a view of the (hot) pristine Sierras, than to look at a guy's motor home slide out only 20' away from mine.
This is why I have an external Fuel tank for my generators. To be able to camp anywhere and run the generators all day and night... IF needed. It's like the old Ronco TV commercials. I just "set it and forget it."
I have a 15K BTU A/C on my trailer. When I bought the trailer brand new, I immediately removed the OEM start capacitor on the A/C unit and threw it in the trash. I immediately installed the Suppco Hard Start Capacitor, just to go easier on my twin Hondas.
I run my twins with the A/C, lights and a TV on, no problem. If I'm going to run the microwave or a coffe pot, I like to shut the A/C off just to go easier on the gennys. You can really hear the gennys running full bore if the A/C and either a microwave or coffee pot is on. Generally though, if it's hot and the A/C is on, I won't be drinking any coffee.
Once, one of my Honda generators ran out of fuel and I didn't realize it. I stepped outside and discovered that my 15K A/C was running on only "one cylinder" (one Honda EU2000). So, once the A/C gets up and running, I guess the one generator will keep it afloat. However, that would soon exceed the "continuous" running rating of a Honda EU2000, which is only 1,600 watts.
Too many people think that a Honda EU2000 will give them continuous 2000 watts of power. NEGATIVE!!! Only 2000 watts for 30 minutes! It's really just a surge protector. Same goes for a Yamaha 2400 which has a "continuous" rating of 2000 watts. But.... that genny weighs more!
Now I have a seperate external fuel tank to run the twins and I can run all night without running out of fuel.
Home depot sells one and in the description it says "This Parallel kit works with Ryobi, Powerstroke, Gravely, and Ariens Inverter Generators" It does not say Honda
they work together, because they're from the same Chinese factory and have the same electronics.
take a look at these and you'll see they're the same generator, just different colors and stickers.
Where does it say on any Honda Generator literature that the EU2000's are made in China?
To the OP, don't do it. Your idea is not a good idea. If someone here tells you to "go for it," I'd say to them, "you first." Then I'd add, "show me the video of it working too."
Until then, don't be cheap. Save your money for a few more months and just purchase a second Honda so you can parallel them properly.
I also leave a "20%" buffer or reduction in my towing capacity as a safety margin. (i.e. breaking, up/down grades, handling etc...)
For instance, IF your truck truely is only rated to tow 6,050lbs as Dodge told you, minus 20% (1,210 lbs), then you're left with a comfortable 4,840 lbs of towing.
. Watched it for a few minutes.... The one Eagle and 3 hawks had a nice dinner,so it went to good use.
Really? Where's the picture of the one eagle, dining along with THREE hawks? Now that would have been a spectacular photo.
rattle snakes are a protected species here in Calif
No, rattlers are NOT protected in cali. One can hunt rattlesnakes in California WITHOUT a fishing license. Reptiles and amphib collecting in cali requires a current California fishing license. Rattlesnakes DO NOT require a license. Also, "method of take" for rattlers in Cali is "any means."
I said this before on another post. I'm a metal fabricator. I've made custom roll cages for sand rails, off road suspension kits and I've repaired heavy equipment professionally over the years. I say this because I know "metal." I eat, sleep and live for custom metal fabrication and finishing.
Based on my experience, a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel will cut the little master pad lock off thats locking up the hitch, no problem. However, the thicker steel is going to take much longer than people think. A 4 1/2" angle grinder will cut much faster.
That all being said, if you're at your camp, you're going to hear the tools used to make that cut and you'll also notice when your electricity goes out (more than likely.).
Seriously, when was the last time you heard a crook creeping in the campgrounds with electric power tools? Bolt cutters, absolutely. Power tools???? Now, if you're AWAY from your camp, well of course, they can steel EVERYTHING at your camp site. (Tables, chairs, bikes, coolers....etc...).
Heck, it's just plain easier for a crook to use a slide hammer and break into your RV, make entry and steal EVERYTHING inside! The point is, the OP's generator security methods is pretty much a guarantee that a crook will look at it and figure its not worth the hassle.
Simply keeping a generator in the bed of a pick up truck with a lockable shell is way easier for a crook to break into and steal, than the OP's genny "cage."
I guess I'm lucky. My RV storage place has an RV "car wash." I just run the trailer through and use the "jet nozzle" wand and blow the dirt right off. No brushing needed. I'd be there all day if I had to mop the roof. :B
Have a 2013 wilderness model 2950ok.
I am installing a TV mount bracket just left of the refrigerator access.
just want to make sure I do not have nothing in the wallsI am using a regular stud finder that has a metal stud finder.
Is there anything else i should know.
With all do respect, why have a TV "outside" in the first place? One should enjoy being outside one's RV and enjoying the quietness of nature and the outdoors. TV's outside the RV..... It's just wrong. Lol. :B :B :B