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Posted: 10/09/19 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had Honda's, Yamaha's and a dozen other brands over the years. The Champions are famous for service and one pull starts. Find one with the specs you need and enjoy the savings.

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2oldman wrote:

davelinde wrote:

2oldman wrote:

generators are a hot topic around here.

As an alternate suggestion, I'd consider solar
Not the ideal solution for a hurricane or other power loss.
Yeah sorry, I meant for your RV.


I liked the idea of solar when I owned a bigger rig without limits on space/weight, but mostly as a way to keep a the battery plant topped off to run the inverter. I never did it due to cost.

Now my (future) RV will be constrained for both space and weight and adding PV panels and battery and an inverter seems like a non-starter.


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The new "dark horse" in the Westinghouse iGen 2500. It delivers 2200/2500 watts, more than the Honda 2200, and, again at a fraction of the price.


hmmm, now THIS is why I feed my questions to forums. I'd seen all the no-name Honda form factor knock-off 2kW that have hit the market since I last shopped but I'd missed this 2.5kW option. That is a nice price-point too.

My wonderment about this horse is just how quiet and how reliable?

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davelinde wrote:



My wonderment about this horse is just how quiet...?


I suppose I should have wondered about weight also. Looking it up I found it only weighs couple pound more -nice.
Sadly I also found it's spec'd at 5 dBA more... although it's still in the range of not stopping conversation, 5dBA is significantly more sound power and would be clearly noticable in a side-by-side compare.

hmmm.

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Youtube has some vids on that gen.
davelinde wrote:

5dBA is significantly more sound power and would be clearly noticable in a side-by-side compare..
Yes it would. In my many years of dry camping, what I notice about the cheaper gens is not just the loudness, but the kind of sound they make. It's a kind of rattling/banging sound that carries a long way. Honda has really done a good job of muffling that to a gentle hum. That's what you're paying for.. that and longevity.

As for service, I've really never needed it except for one mistake of leaving gas in it for months. What has been a regular occurrence is the fraying/breaking of the starter rope due to the sharp angle inside the unit. Replacing that is no DIY.

* This post was edited 10/09/19 03:53pm by 2oldman *

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I'd never spend several hundred bucks on some equipment without a fairly long track record. Thus so far as I am concerned the horses in the race are Honda, Yamaha and Champion. I readily concede that Honda/Yamaha are excellent quality.

The question you have to answer is whether paying 1/3 as much is worth some lesser amount of quality. To me it was since the Champions do everything I want them to do, start on one pull, run up to 16 hours, don't use large amounts of fuel, are quiet, are reasonably reliable and have a backup Warranty program.

I admit that their warranty service is not quick like a bunny but I took my Honda 2K in for service and it took months. So at least locally here, yes they have a warranty but if you need it on the road you are in trouble.


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Posted: 10/09/19 04:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those of you who are ham radio operators, and thus ARRL members, you can get a really good deal on Honda generators.

Mayberry's runs an ad in QST for this, and we get a great deal from them. You can't get the best price unless you tell them you read their ad in QST and you're a ham radio operator.

https://www.mayberrys.com/

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About 6 years ago I bought a back up Honda 2000 for $650, now it mostly sat around and got very little use. I just sold it for $600!

This is not the first time I have sold a Honda generator I have used for big bucks so to my way of thinking Honda is the cheapest long term. They tell me parts are expensive but the only thing I have ever bought is a pull cord and that was generic.

The small tank is a pain, but extended run setups are easy to cobble together or even easier to buy. I might have $30 in mine.

I am still mad at me for letting a Honda EV4010 go with an RV I sold. Big Mistake.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

The new "dark horse" in the Westinghouse iGen 2500. It delivers 2200/2500 watts, more than the Honda 2200, and, again at a fraction of the price.


davelinde wrote:

hmmm, now THIS is why I feed my questions to forums. I'd seen all the no-name Honda form factor knock-off 2kW that have hit the market since I last shopped but I'd missed this 2.5kW option. That is a nice price-point too.

My wonderment about this horse is just how quiet and how reliable?


Which has just a 98 cc engine vs the Honda EU2200i's 121 cc engine. Now which do you think will be less stressed under heavy load and which one offers superior surge capability? Hint - it's RED. [emoticon]

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Depends are what your doing and where you want to camp. The inexpensive Chinese knock off inverter gens are more noisy than the Honda or Yamaha. Who knows how long they will last. You get what you pay for. My Honda 3000i is now 15 years old so yes they are expensive, but very quiet and built to last. We also have the 2000i that I bought used off of Craigslist for $600. Since we added solar and a second set of batteries, we used used 3 times this year while dry camping 30 days (no hookups). If I had to do it again, I would have bought solar, batteries and inverter first, then a small gen like the 2000. Yes I can run everything and its quiet.


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