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Old 06-30-2012, 03:05 AM   #11
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I had a Honda Eu3000is, before it crapped out, way to much to Rb, and not having alot of $$ I went with the Champion 3500 watt Generator for 350.00 Dollars,2 year warranty, Best Fathers Day Gift Yet! I Love it, Runs My 13k btu A/c and Micro at the same time, Not to loud at 68 Db, Just my opinion.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:55 PM   #12
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We bought the EU 2000 and the companion for our Surveyor SP 293. We have a 15,000 BTU AC on our camper and it runs just fine with the TV on too. The water heater kicking in at the same time will trip the breaker though. Just learn to manage your devices. I love our generators. They are quiet, even under load, when compared to the construction site gennys. They are light weight. I can carry one in each hand to and from the truck with little effort. They sip gas. With the AC running and other devices on demand, we usually get 8 hours out of two gallons (one gallon each) before I have to refill them.

One thing I will caution about the Honda's, is the gumming up of the fuel lines and carburetors. I've had to take mine to the shop twice in the past 14 months. The mechanic, a Honda guy, said that if I cranked them about once a week and let them run about 5 minutes I wouldn't have the fouling problem. I used the red version of Stabil during this time. Six months and $120 later I was back in the shop for the same issue. This time a different mechanic said to use the marine (blue) version of Stabil. So far, no problems. They crank by the third pull.

Now that I think I finally have the service issue solved, I am totally happy with these Honda's.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:36 AM   #13
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We bought the EU 2000 and the companion for our Surveyor SP 293. We have a 15,000 BTU AC on our camper and it runs just fine with the TV on too. The water heater kicking in at the same time will trip the breaker though. Just learn to manage your devices. I love our generators. They are quiet, even under load, when compared to the construction site gennys. They are light weight. I can carry one in each hand to and from the truck with little effort. They sip gas. With the AC running and other devices on demand, we usually get 8 hours out of two gallons (one gallon each) before I have to refill them.

One thing I will caution about the Honda's, is the gumming up of the fuel lines and carburetors. I've had to take mine to the shop twice in the past 14 months. The mechanic, a Honda guy, said that if I cranked them about once a week and let them run about 5 minutes I wouldn't have the fouling problem. I used the red version of Stabil during this time. Six months and $120 later I was back in the shop for the same issue. This time a different mechanic said to use the marine (blue) version of Stabil. So far, no problems. They crank by the third pull.

Now that I think I finally have the service issue solved, I am totally happy with these Honda's.
If you find you're having issues with Stabil, give Seafoam a try. It's a gas stabilizer and cleaner all in one. I've been using it for years and never have had a problem with it.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #14
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We have an EU3000is and it will run our A/C and a Keruig or conventional coffee maker no problem. Only complaint is the weight, but I use my John Deere with pallet forks on the loader to move it around so for us not an issue and it is chained in the truck box at all times when we travel with it.
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I'd like to recommend Star Tron fuel treatment. I use it on all of my small engines at the recommendation of my small engine repair guy. Chain saws, lawn mowers, string trimmers, and my Honda 2000's also use High Octane Gas in your small engines. I've used it for about 2 years with great results.

Just to mention my repair guy had about a half of a 5 gal. bucket of carburetors ruined by Ethanol

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Old 07-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #16
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i recommend the two Honda 2000s with a parallel kit or one of the 2000 is a Companion unit.
that way if you don't need a/c, you only need to take one. and 50lbs. each to lift is a lot easier than 130lbs. for the 3000.
I agree that two 2000 watt inverter generators is the way to go, but the Honda is ridiculously over priced. For example, the Champion 73536i is about half the price and works just as well. It has virtually identical specs, including the same 53 dba low noise level spec. It is easier to carry and when running both, they can be stacked.

Champion is an American company that owns their own factory in China. They have an extensive dealer network, so parts and/or repairs are readily available. IMO, Honda is price gauging. I hate encouraging them.

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I agree that two 2000 watt inverter generators is the way to go, but the Honda is ridiculously over priced. For example, the Champion 73536i is about half the price and works just as well. It has virtually identical specs, including the same 53 dba low noise level spec. It is easier to carry and when running both, they can be stacked.

Champion is an American company that owns their own factory in China. They have an extensive dealer network, so parts and/or repairs are readily available. IMO, Honda is price gauging. I hate encouraging them.

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the Champion 2000w inverter gennie is a good product. but many have posted reviews on other RV forums that they don't match up to the Honda 2000, even though the specs are similar. mainly in regards to actual output. check out RV.net's extensive thread on the Champion 2000w. it's very big with good real-world info.

i found my Honda on Craig's with only 25 hours on it, for $650. a new one can be bought for under $900 with free shipping.
the Champion wasn't around when i was shopping but prices for it out here, are in the $700 area. for that much i'll buy a Honda for the extra $200.
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I just bought two of the Champions at Farm & Fleet for $499.99 each. My tests indicate that if the economy mode is turned off, they will steadily put out in the vicinity of 1600 to 1700 watts each. I don't have an adjustable load to be able to make more precise measurements.

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