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Grit dog wrote:

. . . We’re talking generators folks . . .
Yes, we are. Behind price, I'd venture to say sound level comes in a close second or third in terms of importance for the average RV generator buyer.

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otrfun wrote:

Interesting.

In some literature our Honda EU2200i is rated at 62db/53db (rated and 1/4 load), not the 57db/48db quoted at the Honda website. I will say this. I've run our EU2200i next to a 57db/50db 131 lb. EU3000iS at the same load more times than I can count. Hands down, the EU2200i drowns out the EU3000iS at all power levels.

As for the Honda EU3000i "Handi", Honda used to advertise it as 63db/57db a few years ago. Interesting how they now rate it at 58db/52db. For those who have heard the 78 lb. Honda "Handi" EU3000i run next to a 57db/50db 131 lb. Honda EU3000iS under the same load, there is simply no comparison. The Honda "Handi" completely drowns out the much quieter 131 lb. Honda EU3000iS.

Something very fishy about Honda's latest db ratings.


I agree..My Honda 2K is just plain noisy compared to my Honda 3K..No comparison at all,not even close..Whenever I take the UTV trailer,the Honda 3K rides along and the Honda 2K stays at home..


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I don't own a Honda, but I've heard plenty. I remember thinking any 2000s I've heard being noisy. Maybe something's wrong with yours if it is noisy.


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jimh425 wrote:

I don't own a Honda, but I've heard plenty. I remember thinking any 2000s I've heard being noisy. Maybe something's wrong with yours if it is noisy.


Noisy compared to the larger EU3000..The 2K is a quiet generator but when carrying a big load, it goes into the B&S stage,like a coffee pot/microwave etc while the EU3000 doesn't..With the EU3000 I can hardly tell the difference between a 500 watt load and a 1600 watt load,just a higher RPM without the briggs and stratton type sound the 2K gives...

In Eco mode or with a small load,the Honda 2K is pretty quiet,but put a big load on it,it isn't that quiet anymore.My Generac 4000XP never changes in sound,it's noisy all the time but for less than $300,it's been bullet proof.

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whatever type you purchase please follow the quiet hour rules. We boondock primarily and it is getting old to listen to genny's being run 24/7.

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smarty wrote:

whatever type you purchase please follow the quiet hour rules. We boondock primarily and it is getting old to listen to genny's being run 24/7.
especially annoying when you know the generator is running into the otherwise quiet evening just to watch a movie. Just as easy to have a small inverter.

If recharging batteries verify your converter is charging at 14.2+ volts to minimize run time.

Ryobi makes a small and reasonably quiet propane generator (700 watts) if that is enough and you prefer to avoid storage and carburetor issues along with general gasoline issues.


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I'd buy a Harbor Freight 3500 with an extended warranty. I'd buy a champion 3400 with remote electric start.


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....... As a campground host I have seen people run their LOUD Chinese generators and then leave for many hours so that they didn’t have to listen to the noise; only campers had to listen to the noise.... As a side note China just leased Tulagi Island for 75 years ( USA had to fight Japan for this island during WW2 ) thereby increasing its hold on Asia ( Same approach as Japan in the 30’s but different method ( instead of fighting for domination they are BUYING it ))...

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