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Posted: 07/15/16 05:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have the Costco Champion 2800 and so far I am quite pleased. It was purchased last October. We were loading up for a trip last week and I used it to run the AC as it was over 90 outside. It had no problems running the AC for a couple hours straight until the inside cooled off. A full tank of gas lasted just over 4 hours in those conditions. Next option is adding the external fuel tank. I would certainly buy another one if needed.


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First. Be sure you are comparing Inverter to Inverter.. The Open Frame jobs are generally NOT inverter and not all enclosed are Inverter (though the non-inverter enclosed ones tend to be 1,000 watts or less).

When Champion first came out with Inverter generators they had some serious issues,, Typical of products from China, quality control was lacking.. They had to replace a rather large number under warranty..

That was, however, some years ago,, Since then they seem to be a decent product and I'v enot been reading a lot of complaints against them... Though I would recommend a Honda EU-2000i-Companion or a Yahama EF-2400i.. I can not recommend AGAINST the Champion or the Robi. Id just rather go with the quality unit.

Honda's do have one feature no other portable generator has (that I know of) and that is the Extended Run Fuel Tank... You see, to use that tank you need a fuel pump, Honda has one.. Others are gravity feed.


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I to have a Champion 4000/3500 with 30 amp RV plug, 120/220 volt. I bought it new at Tractor Supply in 2013 for $300 + tax. We boondock camped 54+ days that year. I always check the oil, 1st and fill her up with gas. I was pleasantly surprised at how little gas it uses when not running the AC! We ran the AC when needed and watched a movie at night to keep up our batteries! The electricity is clean enough to run our TV and computers with no problems at all! I have done nothing but change the oil when needed except, for when I broke the recoil rope, when I pull the rope a little too hard in the winter time! Just choke, summer or winter, pull the rope 1 time, take the choke off and she purrs like a baby! Love it! The exhaust is not quiet bad not too loud either! We love it! Works for us, perfect!


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If you are talking about the Costco 2800 which is a rebranded Champion 3100 watt inverter generator, it is a solid choice and will deliver rated power to easily run most single AC units. We purchased the remote start version of the Champion 3100 inverter genny and it runs our AC unit in eco-mode without issue, even when camping at 7500 elevation.

Champion customer service is second to none should you need it under warranty. Although our Champion 3100 genny ran OK at higher elevations, one quick call and they readily sent out a high altitude jet which I received just a couple of days later. It's great knowing they will be there for years to come and their parts are very reasonably priced should I need them beyond the warranty.

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The Champion inverter models are good units and much cheaper


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I have a champion 76530 2800w/3500w open frame propane powered gen. It is not quiet, but works great and never any problems with old gas gumming up the carb. Once yearly oil change, but the oil that comes out looks brand new bc lp burns so clean.


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I am contemplating buying a Champion generator. The documentation and information on the Champion web site looks good. I like the manuals with parts diagrams and wiring diagrams and such.

The particular generator I am looking at is not listed on Champion's web site. This one from Costco in Canada:
http://www.costco.ca/CHAMPION-5500W-GENERATOR-6500W-PEAK.product.100059944.html
This is a 5,500-watt electric start model, with the Intelligence. I can't find a matching model on the Champion web site and the Costco site does not give a specific model number. Does anyone know how to get the specific manual for this model? I expect it's similar to the 6,500-watt model 41351, but I would like to see the specific manual if I can.

The Champions are all made in China, it seems. Any obvious quality problems with them?

Are the engines from any particular known OEM? Are they standardized in any way? If Champion pulls out of the market or drops models, do you suppose I will be able to get a Golden Lucky Singhua Brand (or whatever) low-oil cutout switch (or whatever) in 10 year's time?

Thank you in advance

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Quite a few of the larger Champions offer wireless remote start. That can be a really handy feature for a camper.

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to me the most important element of this decision is the noise level. my experience camping is that Honda can't be beat in that category.

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oomkin wrote:

I am contemplating buying a Champion generator. The documentation and information on the Champion web site looks good. I like the manuals with parts diagrams and wiring diagrams and such.

The particular generator I am looking at is not listed on Champion's web site. This one from Costco in Canada:
http://www.costco.ca/CHAMPION-5500W-GENERATOR-6500W-PEAK.product.100059944.html
This is a 5,500-watt electric start model, with the Intelligence. I can't find a matching model on the Champion web site and the Costco site does not give a specific model number. Does anyone know how to get the specific manual for this model? I expect it's similar to the 6,500-watt model 41351, but I would like to see the specific manual if I can.

The Champions are all made in China, it seems. Any obvious quality problems with them?

Are the engines from any particular known OEM? Are they standardized in any way? If Champion pulls out of the market or drops models, do you suppose I will be able to get a Golden Lucky Singhua Brand (or whatever) low-oil cutout switch (or whatever) in 10 year's time?

Thank you in advance


There are literally thousands of threads about Champion products, in the Tech Issues forum here.
The longest thread on RV.net, is about the Champion 3500w/4000w open-frame contractor-style generators.
Visit that forum and you'll get all the information you need.


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