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oyarsa

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Posted: 09/22/21 12:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We need to buy a generator and my generator of choice is unavailable. I was really wanting one of the Champion dual-fuel 3400 watt inverter generators, but they appear to be backordered or something. Can't find one anywhere.

So, now I'm debating between buying the Predator 3500 or linking two of the Champion 2000 or 2500 watt dual fuel generators. Our biggest concern is noise. We would also really like the dual fuel option, though.

My thought is that by getting two of the smaller generators, we could use one by itself when we don't need to use the AC. One should be able run the furnace/fan, right? Then, when we need AC we can use both. But, I'm concerned that running two of them might be louder than we want. We originally bought one of the open frame inverters from Champion and I was too self conscious of the noise, so we returned it.

Your thoughts?

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Posted: 09/22/21 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both should be OK choices.

I recently was able to compare a Predator 3500 to a Open frame Honda 7KW gen at a car cruise (vendors typically have to use generators to power their food trailers), hands down the Predator was quieter.

I can say the Predator is quieter than my older open frame 4Kw gen which has a Chinese Honda clone engine.

The downside to Predator is Harbor Freight really does not "support" their equipment as far as supplying repair parts which can be problematic down the road. Sort of making HF gens border on throw away if you can't figure out how to cross reference parts to the actual manufacturer.

That is where Champion has got a good reputation for after the sales support and service..

I am not against HF, in fact I do own a 8Kw Predator gen that I use to power my home during power outages. I balanced the need for a big gen with a price I could live with, would have cost me 2-3 times the price of the HF gen to get into a Honda in this wattage level.

One suggestion for either of your choices, replace the spark plug right out of the box. Most of the cheaper gens like these are equipped with "Torch" brand plugs, they don't last and from my experiences engines with Torch plugs don't start as easy.. Replace with a normal name brand and life will be a bit better.

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Posted: 09/22/21 12:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out the Champion 4500 dual fuel. I think they have replaced the Champion 3400 (not officially but haven't seen them for sale without crazy prices...the 4500w unit is cheaper).

Same weight and only a hair larger dimensions (should fit under most pickup tonnue covers).


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I don't have a dual fuel but do have a 3500W inverter elec start. I have a single 13,500 BTU AC. The gen is quieter than my Honda 2000W when running most everything except the AC. 2 2500's will need to rev a fair amount to get the same power output. I've seen videos of guys paralleling 2 2200 gens to run heavy loads and the smaller gens need to rev out. That makes them noisy.
My Genrac iq3500 barely breaks a sweat when I fire up the AC. Under all other use such as charging the batteries when dry camping of running the coffee pot, hairdryer, etc it only revs up a small amount.
I though about getting another Honda 2000 to use for the AC, but after watching others parallel them I went for a single 3500. Same price as well.

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Hm. Thanks for the advice/tips. Valhalla360, how is the noise level on the 4500? The db rating of the 3400 was my prime attractant to it (that and the dual fuel), but it's really hard to judge from db ratings...

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Well, my question may be moot, now. The 3400 is available on Amazon now, sold and shipped from Amazon with Prime...

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Posted: 09/22/21 02:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Over a dozen Champion 3400 dual fuel gennies currently available on Amazon. We have the earlier 3100 version and after 5 years it still performs marvelously. We got the remote start unit which mimics our onboard Onan with one button on/off simplicity. Starts our RV AC with ease and at elevations over 9K', a real workhorse we have nearly 500 hours on our unit.

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Quick search on Craigslist, entire state of WA, there are about 10 Honda 2000s for sale, buy 2 for the price of 1 champion 3400. Look now, 1 even had a LP setup.


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Consider a Westinghouse iGen 2500. If you have a soft start on your A/C it should run it.

I like your logic on 2 smaller generators. Much lighter to move around.

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Just this month bought 2 Westinghouse IGen2500 generator from Wally World at $502 each. Free shipping to home. Have used a Westinghouse igen2000xlt prior to these and it starts easy, runs quietly, and gets good fuel mileage.
I've just started breaking in the new ones but they are quiet, start easy and are also good on gas also.

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