I see so many people with more than 2000 watt generators. Many have twins. In most cases, I do not see the need. What do they run to need over 2000 watts?
Other than running the A/C while boondocking, I don't see the need for a generator at all. All of the weekend warrior types don't need one. Everything minus the A/C can be run from batteries. And no generator is quieter than my batteries.
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I have a Champion 2000 and so do a couple of buddys. We find as mentioned above put your fridge to gas from auto and also check your charger especially if your batteries are low as it is also probably drawing a lot of your power if it is running. Find the breaker and turn it off while you run your microwave.
2001 Chevrolet 2500hd Silverado LT 4x4 6.0L/4.10
2005 KZ Outdoorsmen 2605PF
Champion 4000W Generator
Champion 2000W Generator
Ken & Sandra
Yugi Dog, Jet Dog
16 Foot Renken Fishing boat
I'll have to try it with nothing else. Should be real easy because the microwave just plugs into a receptacle inside of a cabinet. I can plug it into an extension cord, run it out the door and plug it into the end of the Honda.
No matter the situation, some people just think my life would be better with a Honda in it.
They are correct, your life would be better with a Honda in it. It will go on without the Honda, but will be louder, among other things.
I see so many people with more than 2000 watt generators. Many have twins. In most cases, I do not see the need. What do they run to need over 2000 watts? If it is the A/C, most could simply replace the A/C with a 9000 series Polar Cub. If the must have a 13500 btu A/C, there are many that can operate efficiently on 2000 watts, especially those with capacitor upgrade kits. Both methods are cheaper than a second generator, use less fuel and require less maintenance.
I understand there are RV's that must have more than 2000 watts. I will admit, with my 2000 watt generator I must turn the A/C off to run the microwave, but only do that a few times a year.
Hmmm lets see
Buy the Honda's and listen to one run near every day to charge my single battery and be out $2000 plus
Buy the Champion for $300
Buy a extra battery for $100
Buy basic solar for $500 to cover OUR needs.
Rarely listen to the generator run to recharge and never the other half complaining that I spent two grand on generators.
So unless I need my AC, which will ramp up a Honda anyways, I wont be running the Champ at all.
I think some Honda owners may be better off buying the Champion and following my lead. Solar is quieter and you'd still have $1200 in your pocket. Otherwise it might be ME coming over to ask YOU to shut down YOUR Honda.
Noise is noise right?
BTW Where we camp no one will hear the Champion run unless they cramp us, then the Schnauzers will drive them off long before the Champion will. (at least I hope)
Just realized an implication of the difference in price. In some jurisdictions, when a generator is stolen, it is a difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. Stealing the Honda is a felony -- the Champion is a misdemeanor.
JiminDenver, it appears to me that you are convinced as to what you need/want. I really question that you are taking peoples suggestions seriously, unless they agree with what you have decided. Not much need for more discussion as to options and pros and cons. I truly hope you make the choice that is best for you needs. Personally, I can't think of anything else to offer. I am looking forward to your follow up post, especially on your $500 solar and $100 battery. As for following your led, many of us have been where you are. You are trying to reinvent the wheel, in my opinion. We have learned better, and are seriously trying to share our experience. You are entitled to make the same mistakes we did, and and based on your post, I think you will.
We have learned better, and are seriously trying to share our experience.
And with your experience you still haven't learned that one size does not fit all? I think I'd rather follow the idiots. LOL!
I really do not see anything in my post that says one size fits all. As for your following idiots, you probably will. With maybe one exception, I do not think any idiots have posted. I do appreciate your not putting me in that group, based on your posts. Thanks.