Found New Champion 3500 remote start in box and never assembled from a home owner that posted it on Craigslist. I ended up paying 300 cash and was happy CAMPER. Hooked up battery, put in oil and gas and remote started her up and runs great. This one will go on my 5ver and will replace my pull start Champ. The pull start goes to my construction jobs and on 5ver all the time
Nice score! While my Champion is not electric start I still love it. Serves me well.
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I've been doing some testing with a 3500 Watt Champion and natural gas. I've been running it in 120 volt mode. When running on gas with no venturi (for nat gas) in front of the carburetor I can get the generator to run with a 28.5 amp load. With a venturi and still using gasoline I couldn't get the generator to handle a 12 amp load. With natural gas and tweaking the load block for best possible performance I was able to get as much as 22 amps.
At some point I may try this test on propane, but I don't have the right connections right now to do that. I would expect propane to be somewhere between these gasoline and natural gas results.
My test set up is a portable electric heater, a hair dryer and heat gun. The hair dryer and heat gun can be run a different loads.
Has anyone looked at the 1200 watt 42431 and notice that it comes with an "intelligauge" that measures volts, frequency and hours?
Sure would be handy to mount on my 46514 instead of having to find my kill-a-watt to verify everything is good to go. Anyone know if the gunge is available separately and if it could be mounted on a 3500 watt model?
There's also the question of "miles per gallon". I've been thinking about the amount of gasoline I keep on hand and wondering if it's enough if we have another major storm.
The 42431 claims to use 1.2 gallons over 10 hours at 50% load, while the 46514 uses 4 gallons. Will the 46514 get similar "mileage" if I only pull 600 watts? I know it won't be as good, but just how close would it be?
based on my useage, i would estimate 1/3 gallon an hr when all i'm doing is charging batteries and using the laptop
thats 3 hrs per gallon not 8hrs per gal, using the 3k
when i had the 1200w, i got 5-6 hrs per tank while charging batteries and a few minutes of 1000w MW use, not 10hrs,
600w is an awful small amount of power,
i don't know how you could keep to that level unless all you did was use a portable battery charger set at 20-25 amps or less
I think you can buy the intelliguage from cpe parts
i have seen the wiring connection and its only 2 wires, that connect across the 120v line, its completely self contained, a real nice little gadget
call them , good luck
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Just purchased my first Champion 46515 $279 from CW Tampa. Have a 35 ft Cameo that is pre-wired for an Onan genny in the front basement. Am thinking(smell of burning rubber) of installing the genny there and would accept any and all info on converting to electric start using pre-wired start, exhaust rerouting for and placing in basement. Have saved the info on softening the sound. Get 70 db with genny running no load 5 to 15 foot away but just barely hear it while inside. Main use would be for power outages and possibly overnight Wallymart or truck stop camping.
Just got my first generator two weeks ago, Champion 46515, for my 5th wheel after loosing electric last week when a tree fell over the power lines. This subject and professor95's replies are a God send to me. Not that I'm slighting everyone else who have posted here but the professor gives a lot more info that even I can understand, well, most of the time anyway. Shame that the professor can not produce a DVD on this subject along with pictures for people like me who are slowing down due age or are just thick headed. I'd be the first to order a few. I have to figure how to save all of his information on a CD for future reference.
THANKS a million professor95 and everyone else!
Shame that the professor can not produce a DVD on this subject along with pictures for people like me who are slowing down due age or are just thick headed. I'd be the first to order a few. I have to figure how to save all of his information on a CD for future reference.
THANKS a million professor95 and everyone else!
I'm getting older and slowing down too. And, according to Nancy, often exhibit the thick headed trait. The CD or DVD of all postings from everybody on the 3,000 Watt Chinese Genny Info thread would be a great thing to have. Unfortunately, I don't know how to transfer all of the stuff to a DVD - and if I did I would imagine the time involved would be tremendous. Maybe someone more familiar with archival to another medium will complete the project before all the info disappears.
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Looking at the pictures on the air cooling, what did you use for the fan shield on the manual start? Since my Champion is new and under warranty, rerouting the muffler and making a new box is out of the question. I'm thinking of using a few 8 inch desk fans for the cooling and attaching an extension for the spark arrester. Would the 8 inch desk fans be sufficient?
A 3/4" socket, I'm sure there must be a metric size that fits, chucked up to my DeWalt cordless drill makes an effective electric starter for a Champion 3500/4000, when your rope start break. Remove the recoil starter, Set the drill to turn to the right put the socket on the flywheel nut and pill the trigger. As soon as the engine fires, quickly pull the socket off.
If these engines don't start in 3-4 pulls, something is wrong. I couldn't believe my carb was all gummed up because I used Stabil and started the generator occasionally. After I broke the start rope, I investigated and found green slime in the carb. I replaced it with another one that I had after cleaning it proved ineffective and it started right up. Also, the last time that I ran it, it was surging at idle so I knew something was up.
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