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Posted: 08/10/19 07:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had a Yamaha 3000 Watt EF3000iS inverter generator for 6 years and it's been bulletproof. It's quiet and its 3.4 gallon fuel tank will run our 15,000 BTU AC unit all night long with enough fuel left in the tank the next morning to run it to mid-day or more. It always starts on the first pull. I run it in econ-mode and it still effortlessly starts the AC unit.


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Posted: 08/10/19 07:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My new favorite is the propane only Ryobi 700w for emergency recharge of the RV battery.


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I had to do a double take when I saw the original dates of the posts... but...

My Honda 2000's are now 13 years old, and doing just fine with regular exercise. The choke on one is a little rough for starting, but they still sync just fine. I have no doubt it will last another 10 years. [emoticon]



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My favorite generator was a Honda EV4010 and I have kicked myself many times for selling it with a RV!

I have found a Honda 2000 with an 8K window unit is the perfect setup for me. Running out of gas in the middle of the night was a real pain but have added an extended run fuel tank, so now life is good.

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Posted: 08/13/19 11:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Favorite generator?" A couple of 100 watt solar panels. Only truly "quiet" generator out there.

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pnichols wrote:

NinerBikes wrote:

51 pounds is 3 pounds more than a Honda Eu2000i. For 1/3 the wattage.


The EX650 may be "more reliable" too - many running EX650s are going on 25 years old. How many EU2000is are that old yet? Maybe an EU2000i will go that long and maybe it won't .... unknown as of right now.

A running EX650 can be bought for $200-$350 ... a bit less than any runnning used EU2000i can be bought for.

Also, an EX650 putting out it's maximum constant power of 550 watts is still only 54 dB in loudness. I wonder how loud an EU2000i is when it's rev'd up so as to be above it's idle RPM enough to output 550 watts?

Remember that to use an EU2000i's power range you have to put up with a loudness range of 53 dB up to 59 dB. Regarding the EU2000i when outputting it's maximum power (which, granted, is way higher than an EX650's maximum power): I've heard EU2000i generators running at full speed and it isn't pleasant ... not only are they at 59 dB, but it isn't the mild humming sound that the EX650 puts out no matter how much of the EX650's total power is being called for.

I'm not saying that the EX650 can "replace" an EU1000i or EU2000i for all RV uses. I'm saying that the EX650 is almost the quietest non-solar way to dump up to 30 amps into RV batteries during recharging. (For what it's worth, the quietest non-solar way to charge RV batteries anytime anywhere is with an automatic fuel cell system in the RV.)


Man, I don't know where you been camping! If you think the Honda EU2000i is loud, apparently you haven't heard any other brands on the market run...

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When I went camping the only noise I heard at coffee was an offended blue-jay and an echoing rattle of a woodpecker. The stamping of hooves impatient for oats, and the not so distant splash of a trout over-eager to sip a bug.

Hard-core fishing for goldens and cutthroat and brookies. I was so pooped after a hot shower after dinner that I didn't even miss having a book to read. Out like a light until I smelled coffee and the memory of a dream faded. The day before something huge had yanked the tip of my rod into the water and pulled it still deeper before thrashing off the hook.

Technically I was already "away from it all" even before turning the key and heading for the corral. The pack boxes had already been loaded and weighed.

Then my health hit an uncovered manhole... [emoticon]

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Range Maggot Bob wrote:


Man, I don't know where you been camping! If you think the Honda EU2000i is loud, apparently you haven't heard any other brands on the market run...
Have you heard an ex650 running? Possibly not, because even if you're fairly close to one you might not hear it. I have an eu2000i, and compared to the ex650 it is indeed loud. It makes sense too. The two generators have about the same mass to absorb the sound and vibration, but the eu2000i has to run the engine hard enough to produce 3x the power.


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