Champion has been around for quite some time. Buy from Costco and have return privileges. Don't try that at a Honda dealer.
The twinning kit is much more well thought out for the Champions should you ever wish to have two.
I had the opposite with my Honda dealer. I was unsure which one to get, the Handi 3000 or regular 3000 with electric start. I was leaning toward the smaller footprint Handi, but unsure if pull start and slightly higher Db was right for me. He told me to take it home and try it out for a couple of hours to make sure it ran my AC okay and I was comfortable with it, otherwise, I could return it for the other 3000.
2002 Keystone Cougar 286, 8,400lbs loaded, pulled with a 2004 F150 Supercrew, 5.4, 3.73 gears. Retired and enjoying life
I suspect that Champion customer service ... when contacted right at their California facility ... might be just fine. If I had a Champion inverter generator with a problem, I'd certainly start by contacting the company directly, as opposed to going through a dealer who sells Champion generators. Not sure, but Champion direct company customer service support might be equal to, or exceed, Honda/Yamaha dealer support.
Depends on your use. I had a Yamaha 2400 for several years and it was a very good generator. I used it with a 5th wheel and stored it in the basement. I now have a truck camper and it would not fit in it's compartment, so I got a Honda 2000. I toiled over the Honda 2000 and the Yamaha 2000 as I generally like the way Yamaha makes their generators. I ended up with the Honda because it has a greater surge capacity. The Honda's engine is 20cc larger than the Yamaha's engine. It is also 20cc larger than the Champion 2000's engine. I wanted to be sure to be able to run my 9000BTU Polar Cub A/C and to be able to run the microwave (separately of course). Based on reviewing the long thread on the Champion generator, I was convinced that it was problematic to run them with that size engine.
2000 F-350, SC, 4x4, SRW, PSD, AT, Air Bags, Edge Evolution.
2012 Lance 1050S nicely equiped
Honda EU2000i CARB Gen.
And the Yamaha is usually a couple of hundered cheaper and lighter as far as weight, slightly better fuel economy and rated to mechanically last longer with the steel sleeve cylinder liner.
Please let me know if this is not correct.
Without it being on sale, the Yamaha is about the same as the Honda in price. The Honda EU2000 does have a cast iron (or steel? Don't know which) liner but for some reason it is not advertised as such. The EU1000 does not. This came from a Honda tech that frequents one of the message boards - I have not verified it.