NC HAULER. I was not directing my comments specifically at you. A lot of words have flowed under the bridge since you posted the original message. My comments were based on all those published thoughts.
If I were commenting directly to you, I would advise you to look on Craigslist if you have an active one in your market. Where I live, there are maybe 5 or more contractor style generators at any given time for sale that put out 5000 - 10,500 watts and are going for half the original purchase price. The Champion is puny and expensive by comparison to these. A tornado came through here in April and took out power for a few days. Many generators were bought then and used for 1 or 2 days and are now flooding the market.
You appear to be very sensitive about comments from others and always assuming someone is attacking you and only you. You are going to be a really unhappy guy if you keep doing that. That isn't the way forums work. It is more like a conversation in which you have to look at what everyone has written instead of just yourself.
"Always assuming".....Wow, It's amazing how well you DON'T KNOW me at all...At 62 yrs of age, married almost 42 yrs, raised 3 children and have 4 grandchildren, I'm a very happy individual and can also add that I also have a great job.
I didn't post the "original message" and I don't need a generator at this time, I've got the puny one
Sensitive, doggone, wished more people actually thought that of me, usually, it's just the opposite, and I really don't do a lot of assuming...it's rare that it pans out, but believe what you want to, you got your cut in, so at the least, you should feel good about your post...
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I found a EU2000 last night on craigslist for $325. The price and lack of any manuals/ cords made me too suspicious to go after it but you can find some crazy deals out there. (kid got it from gramps, needs the money, yada yada)
Champs tend to go for $2-250, some as low as $150. They give them away with the RVs here so some are still in their boxes.
Honda open frame units tend to be very pricy when listed
2011 GulfStream Amerilite 25BH
2007/2003 Ford Expedition
Nights camped in 2011 21
Nights camped in 2012 16
Personally, if you are getting it for emergencies, who the heck cares about how loud it is. I could not or would not try to make a financial decision based on what others think. I've done it in the past and if I could take back every extra dollar it cost me....
I don't own a generator. But I've been contemplating it for a while. When or if I do get one, it will probably be the champion 4000. I can't realistically justify paying more than 3 times as much for one that might be a little quieter in order to keep neighbors (whether at home or camping) a little happier. As others have said, generators are going to make noise.
i bought a nearly new Honda 2000 for $650 on Craig's List. even if i decided to buy a new companion Honda, i'd be out $1650 total for 4000w of paralleled power.
Hate to burst your bubble but the Honda only has a running wattage of 1600w. So you actually paid $1650 for 3200w of paralleled power.
I have a Champion 3500/4000 with remote start and all those other bells and whistles and I love it. Cabela's had them on sale for $429 a while back and I had to get one. I use my trailer mostly at race tracks so generator noise isn't an issue. But when I am camping close to others I have a Honda EU2000i that we use and I love it just as much for what it does.
Threads about various generators have been posted from about the time the ORF has started. There was a very substantial thread on Chinese generators in the DIY and Tech areas of the forum, which included just about everything one wanted to know about from power distribution to noise levels to adaptations for sound-deadening (I even did this as a project and posted my project results a few years ago).
It seems that there will always be those who insist on the Honda/Yamaha solutions and those who insist on the Champion/Chinese solutions as the *best* solutions.
Just as with running your refrigerator on propane while traveling, there will be those falling on one side or the other.
All that we, the moderators of the forum, ask is that the posts be civil and courteous. Opinions are like armpits, everyone has at least two and they tend to smell when things get hostile.
So, please stay on topic and keep civil, or I will close the thread.
hubby got a champion a couple of years ago. it is for both camping and house back-up.
It has powered our fridge, deep freeze, sump pump, and a couple lights, during one major storm with power outage at home.
we also take it camping. We do some boondocking as well as state parks with no hook-ups, and did one NASCAR race last year.
it is louder then some, but we knew we were making that compromise for the cost. that said when boondocking with our fifth-wheel we put it on the ground next to the driver side of the bed of the truck, I sleep on the driver side of the bed over the bed of the truck. I can sleep with the generator running.
Hubby is good about "exercising it" monthly as part of routine maintenance. which ends up meaning running it in the driveway for half an hour or so. he ends up doing this during nap time for the kids, their bedroom is over the garage, they sleep through it.
when we are in campgrounds and need to run it we try and position it so that there is a buffer between it and the closest camper to us, and try and run it for just enough time to recharge the trailer battery. We do not run it all day long, as we have experienced others camping in the state parks do with their "quiet" generators.
Hope this helps you decide what is the best for your situation.
Good Sam Life Members. Camping with two young children in a 2007 Pilgrim fifth wheel (278BHSS) pulled with a 2002 F350.