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Several "Knock off" brands such as Harbor Freight Predator, Champion and others have mixed reviews. but mostly good.


I personally have never seen a negative report on either the Predator or a Champion.

The new "dark horse" in the race is Westinghouse. They are the only one making a lightweight 2600 (peak) watt generator. Great if you are running a bigger A/C unit.

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My problem with Harbour Freight is lack of parts. I was given a HF compressor in need of repairs. I can't get any parts for it. I will use the tank but the rest will be stripped down for parts.


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Do you really even need a generator? If you camp mostly in campgrounds with electric connection then everything will work. Even if not plugged in everything in the RV works off of propane or batteries except the microwave, air conditioning, and the outlets. You can use the lights, water, heat, stove, refrigerator, radio, etc. without a generator.

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“has the remote shut off feature. It’s really nice not to have to crawl out of bed or go out in the rain to kill it.“ (and secure it...out of sight)

And some morning very soon your generator will gone, gone, gone.


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SpecialOne wrote:

Hey there!
I've bought an RV last week, it's my first RV ever, so I'm really excited [emoticon]
Currently, I'm choosing a generator for my new RV. I think about 2000w generator and I'm open to your advice!
Thanks.
For what do you need a generator?
How big of RV? What type of RV?
Camping off-grid long term mostly or overnights very rarely?
How many air conditioners?
You expect to run a Keurig, electric skillet etc?
Or do you plan to idle the generator several hours to watch a movie or two?


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I have a fiend who bought a champion dual fuel 3400 and loves it. I am thinking of getting rid of my 2 honda 2000s and getting one. the idea of propane versus fuel is a big plus, no fuel hassles.


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jjj wrote:

I have a fiend who bought a champion dual fuel 3400 and loves it. I am thinking of getting rid of my 2 honda 2000s and getting one. the idea of propane versus fuel is a big plus, no fuel hassles.

I had a propane generator in my last 5th wheel, and ended up hardly using it. I found it much easier to haul a boat tank of gasoline around for the Hondas instead of using up so much propane. We boondock and dry camp a lot, so propane is important to us for heat, warm food and cold drinks. If you don't do much camping away from plug ins then it isn't as big of a to use the propane for the generator.


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Lwiddis wrote:

“has the remote shut off feature. It’s really nice not to have to crawl out of bed or go out in the rain to kill it.“ (and secure it...out of sight)

And some morning very soon your generator will gone, gone, gone.


Grumpy much?


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Here's what I bought and I am so HAPPY with it.

It was factory refurbished and it looks brand new.

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jjj wrote:

I have a fiend who bought a champion dual fuel 3400 and loves it. I am thinking of getting rid of my 2 honda 2000s and getting one. the idea of propane versus fuel is a big plus, no fuel hassles.


Gas is more widely available than propane. Also, you'll use more propane than gas because it contains less energy, propane costs more, and your generator will make fewer watts with propane vs gas.


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