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woodworker215

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I am thinking about purchasing a Honda generator. Since my brother owns a power mower shop I have borrowed both kinds 2000 and 3000 and a genny with a briggs and Stratton and swore then I would never do that again, the noise made camping unenjoyable. The 3000 handi will power my TT with the A/C and the 2000 will not. However we usually don't boondock that much in the summer when A/C is needed. And my thought is to purchase a 2000 Companion now and if needed another 2000 if we see the need. Genny would also be used in case of a power outage at home. Your thoughts





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I think you are on the right track. the two honda's are the way many have gone

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Since noise is a concern stick with the 2000.


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Sounds like a very reasonable plan to me.


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Posted: 07/13/12 03:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Honda are great generators but the Honda Handy 3000 is 65db when heavily loaded and is rated at 2600 watts. The original Honda 3000eu is heavier, but is much quieter, has higher wattage rating, and cost less to boot. Of course a pair of Honda or Yamaha 2K units would be a good choice as well.

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Posted: 07/13/12 02:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 3000 Handi doesn't have a big fuel tank. You will be refilling that thing fairly often.

If you know you are needing A/C and lugging generators is an issue, go for a 2000 Companion and a regular 2000, and pair them. You can down the road get extended run gas tanks for them so you can keep the A/C going a lot longer.

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A pair of 2000s is easier to lift and store. And, if air is not needed, you need carry only one.


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I have a Handi and it's great, but if not running the AC, then a 2000 or two 2000s provide better portability and one running is slightly quieter than the Handi. No sense in burning up fuel in a Handi when you don't need AC.


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Thanks for all your comments I have used the 3000eu before and it is a great generator but it takes two men to lift it in to the bed of a truck. And I have a hard tonneau cover on the bed of my truck and the 3000eu will not fit under it. Yes the Handi is louder than the 3000eu or the 2000.

I think this makes up my mind. I’ll get one 2000 companion and the adapter/cable now before the lights go out. And if we see the need I can get the second one to handle all my power needs.Thanks for all the comments Happy Camping!

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woodworker215 wrote:

I am thinking about purchasing a Honda generator. Since my brother owns a power mower shop I have borrowed both kinds 2000 and 3000 and a genny with a briggs and Stratton and swore then I would never do that again, the noise made camping unenjoyable. The 3000 handi will power my TT with the A/C and the 2000 will not. However we usually don't boondock that much in the summer when A/C is needed. And my thought is to purchase a 2000 Companion now and if needed another 2000 if we see the need. Genny would also be used in case of a power outage at home. Your thoughts


honda 2000 and another if needed. Much easier to carry than the 3000 handy, noticeably quiter than the handi, easy to use external fuel tanks if neededed, easier to store.

OR a yamaha 2400 or so. the honda 3000 is nice and quite but way to heavy for me, the handi to noisy.


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