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Posted: 06/09/21 04:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unless you wish to run the air conditioner there is no need to upgrade the generator.


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With an Easy Start you might be able to run your AC with the generator you have. Cheaper than a new generator.

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Here's my idea, currently I have the Yamaha SC2000i generator (2000 starting 1600 running). I can get another SC2000i for $500 and run them in parallel.

I can save myself about $500, I still have a very quiet set up, can only run one when I don't need the extra power, etc...

Does anyone else run small gennies in parallel?


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Twistedlarch wrote:

Here's my idea, currently I have the Yamaha SC2000i generator (2000 starting 1600 running). I can get another SC2000i for $500 and run them in parallel.

I can save myself about $500, I still have a very quiet set up, can only run one when I don't need the extra power, etc...

Does anyone else run small gennies in parallel?


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FWIW, you're not talking about a Yamaha generator, but rather a cheap knockoff. Just a bit misleading is all. Some of them work good, have had several (at work) that someone thought would be a great deal, that don't put out the advertised power or longevity of a real Yami or Honda.

That said, I agree that paralleling another 2000 is potentially a good choice especially for mobility of units, and a bit more power than the 3xxxW gennys.


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Brian,

Many folks do that. I'm old as dirt now--so I prefer electric start on my genny.

For a very similar price, you could get the Predator 3500 inverter generator (with electric start).

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I do, and all my friends who I tailgate with run 2 Honda's or Champions in parallel. If we need air, we run both, if we don't need air, we just run one.

Twistedlarch wrote:

Here's my idea, currently I have the Yamaha SC2000i generator (2000 starting 1600 running). I can get another SC2000i for $500 and run them in parallel.

I can save myself about $500, I still have a very quiet set up, can only run one when I don't need the extra power, etc...

Does anyone else run small gennies in parallel?


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I agree that since you want to run everything a 3000+Watt genny will be needed.

What are your thoughts on a dual fuel and mount above propane tanks using a Stromberg-Carlson mount? No gas to deal with, no fouled carbs, electric start !!!


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Twistedlarch wrote:

Boon Docker wrote:

What are you going to be running that you were not running with the smaller trailer?


I want to be able to run everything, my little 2K would'nt run the AC in our little trailer.


Just get another of the same and a parallel kit. Save you lot's of money and back problems from lifting a 100lb generator. Plus, for the days when AC is not needed you can run a single. I went this way with Champions and super happy I did. Very easy to get them in and out of the truck and run everything in our camper

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^ That’s where my head is at if you already have 1 - 2k genset.
Maybe a used Honda if budget is a concern.
But everything is a compromise with RVs. What you gain in lightweight easy to move and versatile you kinda lose in convienence having to fire up 2 Gennys and hook them together.
But can’t manhandle a 3k unit very easily and harder to store.

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