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Posted: 01/08/21 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For what use?

You going to run the A/C all day? 2 minutes to run the microwave? Early morning coffee? Charge the battery? Watch tv? Charge your phone/tablet/laptop? Electric heater?

Where are you camping?

Secluded spot in the desert? Campground near others? Festival?

How many nights will you be camped without utility power?


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

wa8yxm wrote:

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.

it won't run a 15k AC. I had to add the ezstart to run the AC

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bid_time wrote:

In my opinion, the best buy for the buck Clicky
YOMV


Great way to Pi$$ off anyone within a quarter mile of you, and you will grow tired of hearing it too. No open frame generators for RV'ers, be a good neighbor, get an inverter unit.

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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.


I thank you for your service, but your incessant complaining about generators is honestly really childish, not to mention, not germane to the conversation.


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OP, the real question is AC or no AC off the genny.
If you have a small AC 13kbtu or less, you can likely get it to run off of a "good" 2000W generator. If you have a 15k or more, then you're looking at twins or a 3000W genny.
Brand? Idkk about the bargain ones with recongnizable names, like Generac and Briggs, but Honda and Yami are both the top of the line for reliable power and overall reliability. Champion and Predator seem to get mostly good reviews, but they're still cheap construction and china bomb parts compared to the red and blue. This is not debateable. However they work fine for occasional use I'm sure.
Value? That can be looked at a couple ways.
Me, I bought a used Honda 2k about 7 years ago now. Looks like it got drug down the road on a rope, but it had less than 100hrs on it and for the $500 I spent, it's still worth $400-500 today AND it will also last as long as I choose to keep it. We routinely get close to 1000hrs on those at work. Haven't seen one with more than 1000, but they get used, abused, run out of oil, dropped, sit in the rain, etc. Unless they plug from old gas, they generally work.
Personal use where one presumably takes much better care, red or blue will literally be the last one you need to buy.
If budget is a big concern, buy used, ftw. Plenty of gently used ones for a little more than a chinese model and a little less than a new red or blue one.

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Not sure if y'all noticed, but this is an old thread from last Feb. A new spammer joined in and bumped the thread, and then folks took the bait.


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Grit dog wrote:

OP, the real question is AC or no AC off the genny.
If you have a small AC 13kbtu or less, you can likely get it to run off of a "good" 2000W generator. If you have a 15k or more, then you're looking at twins or a 3000W genny.
Brand? Idkk about the bargain ones with recongnizable names, like Generac and Briggs, but Honda and Yami are both the top of the line for reliable power and overall reliability. Champion and Predator seem to get mostly good reviews, but they're still cheap construction and china bomb parts compared to the red and blue. This is not debateable. However they work fine for occasional use I'm sure.
Value? That can be looked at a couple ways.
Me, I bought a used Honda 2k about 7 years ago now. Looks like it got drug down the road on a rope, but it had less than 100hrs on it and for the $500 I spent, it's still worth $400-500 today AND it will also last as long as I choose to keep it. We routinely get close to 1000hrs on those at work. Haven't seen one with more than 1000, but they get used, abused, run out of oil, dropped, sit in the rain, etc. Unless they plug from old gas, they generally work.
Personal use where one presumably takes much better care, red or blue will literally be the last one you need to buy.
If budget is a big concern, buy used, ftw. Plenty of gently used ones for a little more than a chinese model and a little less than a new red or blue one.


Direct quote from the Honda website.

"Honda produces approximately 46 thousand compact gasoline generators ranging in capacity from 0.9 – 12 kVA in Japan, China, France, India, Thailand and US and supplies them to North America, Europe and various other countries around the world."

Hmmmm - China bomb parts. [emoticon]

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

2000 watt units will generally run your converter to charge batteries, a larger unit is usually required to operate an AC or more than one larger appliance at a time. (larger being microwave, coffee maker, hair drier, etc) 3000-3500 watt units are common among folks who want to run an AC from the generator frequently.
are much quieter than construction types, but with the lower noise comes a higher cost.
Brands by preference
Honda, Yamaha, Champion, Firman, at this point the second tier takes over with most being Chinese manufacture, most are functional clones of existing Honda or Yamaha designed engines. Predator, Ryobi, Lifan etc fall into this group. Service on these models can difficult to find, but parts for the engines are available through the importers.



I am looking for a new RV. I already have a Champion 3400 generator. Does it capable to run my electric equipment on my RV?

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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 from this list. I think about the Honda generator and I'm open to your advice!
Thanks.


That's maybe helpful

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my 2000 watt Champion inverter does everything I need.


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