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time2roll

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Posted: 11/07/21 09:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it too early in the thread to suggest solar?


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time2roll,

Certainly not--now the OP can afford solar on the funds saved by purchasing the Predator.

I wonder if Pinella's has a kit for the Predator to make it remote start?

https://generatorupgradesupply.com/products/remote-start-and-stop-complete

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Due to a shortage on parts within Harbor Freights Supply line in early May there was a temporary change to the engine of the Predator 3500. If your wheel brake is on the LEFT WHEEL while looking at the front panel, you have a different model and this remote start kit will not work.

We are working on a new kit for that model so please keep checking back unless you plan to return it for the regular model which is back in stores.


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Posted: 11/09/21 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tvov wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Tvov wrote:

Remember that a small change in "DB level" or noise level is actually big sound-wise - it sounds a lot louder.


It's actually the opposite. dB is a measure of power but to hear a difference in noise level is not linear.


I am not a sound engineer or anything like that. In my experience, just a one or two number change in "DB level" is very much noticeable.

I don't know the science behind, just what I've heard... lol!


You have sensitive ears then. Generally, people can't detect a 1dB change.

Plus simply moving the generator a few feet further away can lower the dB by a few points.


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time2roll wrote:

Is it too early in the thread to suggest solar?


No, man, it's never too early to talk about solar!

But if you suggest the S word, don't forget to mention a couple little things, like ho wmuch it costs to get enough "S", big enough inverter, and enough batteries to run your AC/microwave/etc....lol.

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Just for some perspective:

Sound studies tell us time and again that a 3dBA increase in sound level is barely noticeable to the human ear. In fact, you have to raise a sound level by 5dBA before most listeners report a noticeable or significant change. Further, it takes a 10dBA increase before the average listener hears “double the sound.”.

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Lots of folks at the dirtbike races we attend have the Predator 3500. They run them the entire weekend for A/C. Seem to be holding up.


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I do not understand the thinking of people that want to cheap out on power for the RV that they have paid tens of thousands for.

Our core group of camping friends is a good experiment. Us and a good friend bought EU2000I Honda generators, and two others bought Champions, then different Champions. Then they bought Predators. They have spent more total dollars on generators than we have on our Hondas. Ours have been trouble free, and still don't need replacing.

To be fair, I have enough solar now that my generator use is much reduced from the previous 12 years. Last year I only used the Hondas one weekend.


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I have had very good service from my small Firman inverter gen I bought on sale at Costco. Has parallel cables, usb port, RV port, etc. Nice and quiet in economy mode for 9 hours per gallon. Use it for fishing/camping trips to SP, BLM and NF.

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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

I do not understand the thinking of people that want to cheap out on power for the RV that they have paid tens of thousands for.

Our core group of camping friends is a good experiment. Us and a good friend bought EU2000I Honda generators, and two others bought Champions, then different Champions. Then they bought Predators. They have spent more total dollars on generators than we have on our Hondas. Ours have been trouble free, and still don't need replacing.


When an all-new Champion or Predator with the latest doo-dads costs only 1/5th as much as a stodgy old Honda, you can afford to upgrade when something new comes along.

Speaking of stodgy - where are Honda's dual-fuel models? That feature has been commonplace for so long among the Chinese brands that some manufacturers have now moved on to tri-fuel models.

Why does Honda make you pay $5K for a 260 pound 7KW behemoth in order to get remote start/stop?

The fact is, some folks buy Chinese generators because they can't get anything comparable from Honda.

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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

I do not understand the thinking of people that want to cheap out on power for the RV that they have paid tens of thousands for.
I do not understand why someone would care how others spend their money.

I bought my first Champion 120V 3500W in 2008 right after hurricane Ike. I had to buy what was available locally right then. Not much shopping around and grabbed what was left on the shelf. 13 yrs later and It still works as it did the day I bought it.

I stumbled onto a sale on a Champion 120/240V 3500W at HD in 2011. Heck, I can use that 240V 3500W to run my water well when we lose power at the house. It's a nice upgrade for less $ than what I paid for the 120V model. I walked in HD to buy nails and walked out with a $300 generator. This one is my workhorse. It powers my welder, recharges the battery powered golf cart when the kids leave it down the road with a dead battery. I can't say how many hours it has on it. It ran 80 hrs non-stop during our Texas freeze last winter. I didn't even turn it off to refuel. 10 yrs later and It still works as it did the day I bought it.

I have been so pleased with Champion I did not hesitate to buy their 3400W inverter model a few yrs ago to power the RV AC while Wallydocking. Someone here pointed out this model was on sale and I jumped on it. I've had battery issues with this one but other than that, so far so good.

And I own all that for the price of a single Honda EU2000i.


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