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Posted: 04/26/21 10:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I LOVE using my generator for brewing coffee and everything else that uses 110v plus charging my two g29 batteries.

I boondock 99% of the time and for me solar would be a waste of money.

If you're looking for a portable then the Champion 2500 Watt Portable Generator weighing only 39 pounds sounds like a good way to go.

I have 78 hours on my generator in just a little over a year.

* This post was edited 04/27/21 05:18am by specta *


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Posted: 04/27/21 04:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Call Westinghouse and Harbor Freight to see if you can get parts specific to that model or if they have an authorized service center near you. Then call Champion. You'll want the Champion.


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2112 wrote:

Call Westinghouse and Harbor Freight to see if you can get parts specific to that model or if they have an authorized service center near you. Then call Champion. You'll want the Champion.


I have gone through that several times with Harbor Freight on other things they sell.

I tried to get blades for a power hand planer that I bought from HF. They have no blades or no info on where to get them. I did find some online that I am hoping will work.

I tried to get the protective plastic shields for a sand blasting cabinet that I bought from HF. They are not available from HF.

A few years back, we were in Richmond, VA for the September NASCAR race, when one of my Honda EU2000i generators wouldn't run. I took it to Northern Tool, who is a Honda dealer. A couple hours later, I was back with my generator repaired (the plastic part between the block and the carburetor replaced).

I wouldn't have much confidence in getting generator parts from Harbor Freight.


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Posted: 04/27/21 06:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Crazy Ray wrote:

HONDA 2000


If you walk funny because your wallet is so thick with cash, Hondas are a great option.

But gone are the days of Red vs Blue (Honda vs Yamaha ) for quiet inverter generators.

My personal preference would be Champion. Unless weight and space were at a real premium, I would get one up around 3000w so when you get that hot day and want to run the air/con, you can without having to modify the air/con unit.

Disclosure: We have a 2007 Yamaha 2400 which has served us well but that was bought in 2007 when the other brands weren't available.


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Thanks for all of the opinions. Most of you agree that Honda is probably best, but the Champion at its cost and weight is a good option. Here's wishing everyone a great camping year. Our plans are to take our pickup camper on the Alaska Ferry System and stop and spend a week at six different places. Tried to do this two years ago, but plans canceled when the ferry workers went on strikes. Hopefully by late August the US Canada border will be open so we can drive home. If not, the ferry does also run south. Happy Camping!!!!

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valhalla360 wrote:

If you walk funny because your wallet is so thick with cash, Hondas are a great option.

But gone are the days of Red vs Blue (Honda vs Yamaha ) for quiet inverter generators.


There is also the "buy once cry once" view.

This is your leisure time we're talking about. If you enjoy tinkering with orphan off-brand generators while you're nowhere near help, and enjoy improvising when your generator lets you down, then an off brand might be for you.

God forbid you're full-timing or spending several weeks or months where you are depending on your generator for power.

It may well be worth saving up to buy the "gold standard" of portable generators if only for peace of mind.


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Personal opinion but I try to purchase reliability. And I’d spend $600 for a used Honda before $500 on an off brand.
Although used ones might be less plentiful this year again...

I’ve beat the tar out of probably hundreds of Honda generators, commercially. In my experience they last 1000s of hours in less than ideal conditions. And retain their value.
Something to consider.
That, and my one experience with the Costco Yamaha knockoff 2k, one of my employees bought one to run his camper and it wouldn’t even come close to running his AC, but an old Honda and a newer Yamaha 2k would.
He returned it twice so tried 3 separate units and none would put out the power that the real name brand ones do. The other brands may be better though?

* This post was edited 04/27/21 02:22pm by Grit dog *


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Posted: 04/27/21 06:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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This is the Yamaha generator we provide for our camp host in our primitive campground.
Other than one battery last year that's 4112 trouble free hours.

We have two old Honda 1000s that have been 100% trouble free and I can't even imagine how many hours they have on them. They never have been for camp hosts.

I have no idea what I would buy today to use as a portable generator but it would probably be one of these two brands.

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I have two 2014 Yamaha 2Ks. Other than cleaning out the carburators and oil changes I have done nothing to them. When we are camping alone I will leave one of the them running on Eco all night long to run a box fan for white noise, charge our phones and devices and provide power for the Keurig in the morning. I alternate which one runs each night. No idea how many hours are on them but would guess its in the hundreds.


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mkirsch wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

If you walk funny because your wallet is so thick with cash, Hondas are a great option.

But gone are the days of Red vs Blue (Honda vs Yamaha ) for quiet inverter generators.


There is also the "buy once cry once" view.

This is your leisure time we're talking about. If you enjoy tinkering with orphan off-brand generators while you're nowhere near help, and enjoy improvising when your generator lets you down, then an off brand might be for you.

God forbid you're full-timing or spending several weeks or months where you are depending on your generator for power.

It may well be worth saving up to buy the "gold standard" of portable generators if only for peace of mind.


15-20yrs ago, your digs at "orphans" had a claim. Now, it's no longer the case.

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