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Old 08-25-2011, 05:16 PM   #91
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Ike, there great to use the way you are looking to do. I have a Honda 2000 I use it at state parks. On the road I have a Champion 4000/3500 works great. It doesn't matter when your parked next to a truck with ref running.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:29 AM   #92
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I have a Champion 4000/3500 and we use it at the race track. As buccello said, all things relative, I'm the quiet guy.
I wouldnt use it at a campground though.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:15 PM   #93
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The Champion is certainly one of the better contractor style gensets for the money. Hard to beat.

But if you want quiet the dual Hondas, 2400 or 3000 Yamahas are what they say they are. Excellent units and lots quieter than the Champion.

I have both the Yamaha 2400 and dual Hondas. For a 13.5K A/C the 2400 is hard to beat at $1,100. I doubt it will run a 15K. They will run from 10PM to almost 7AM with the a/c running all night. I think the Boleys are the same unit except in red.

You can build an extended run tank, but it is not as easy as doing it for the Honda.

The dual Honda are a great setup. The 15K a/c my Puma has cycles the fan on and then waits almost 10 seconds to turn on the compressor. You can put the Hondas in eco mode and they ramp up just fine for the a/c. In eco mode the gensets seem to run slower and I guess more fuel efficiently.

The hardest part of building an extended run tank was getting the 3/8" brass fuel T locally. It is easy enough to find them on the Internet, just not locally.

Its neat with the extended run tank as the internal tanks do not need to be full. If the generator will start the genset has no problem sucking fuel from the big tank.
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Ng,
Could you please provide details on your extended tank? I also just bought the yamaha 2400.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:03 PM   #95
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How about those Boliy's?

I'm trying to keep my cost down also. I live in Texas so I have 15K a/c. Does anyone have experience with the Boliy 3600 and a 15K A/C? How about the noise level. So far I have been able to dry camp without a geny (but not in Texas during the summer. We have just made sure that we have electric). We are planning a trip out west in a couple of weeks. Most of our stops have power, but some don't. I thought that I might bring one along just in case. Also I thought that I would have something available in case of a power outage. From what I have read so far the 2600's honda and Yammy probably won't work with my A/C. I have seen the Boiliys for under 1k. Any advice out there?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:32 AM   #96
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I'm trying to keep my cost down also. I live in Texas so I have 15K a/c. Does anyone have experience with the Boliy 3600 and a 15K A/C? How about the noise level.
there are a lot of Boliy posts on RV.net's Tech section. lots of info there on them.
they are pretty quiet but their warranty/customer service is iffy. most are happy with theirs.
might power a 15k a/c but depends on brand and age.
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I know I'm resurrecting this thread from a 5 month hibernation, but here's a new take: anyone have any luck with the Coleman CMO4143 1850W portable generator? It's 4-stroke, 64#, 64db, and $199 delivered to my door. I know it's not going to run the AC, but it'll do everything else at a fraction of the cost of the Honda, with a little more noise...thoughts?
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I know I'm resurrecting this thread from a 5 month hibernation, but here's a new take: anyone have any luck with the Coleman CMO4143 1850W portable generator? It's 4-stroke, 64#, 64db, and $199 delivered to my door. I know it's not going to run the AC, but it'll do everything else at a fraction of the cost of the Honda, with a little more noise...thoughts?
do you have a link to one? Coleman has made more than one 1850w generators and they're famous for their loudness.

the previous ones, like from Home Depot, were really loud.
even 64db is much louder than the Champion 2000w's db rating.
64db is close to an open-framed generator's noise level.

and the 1850w will be peak so you may not be able to run a microwave with it.
are you planning to use it boondocking or in a campground?
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Here's the eBay link:

Coleman CM04143 1850W 2.4Hp Portable Gas Generator (871613005566) | eBay

Specs say it's 1200W with 1850W peak. It would be mostly for boondocking, maybe only occasional campground use.
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well, it's not going to be good for much other than recharging batteries.

it's still pretty loud for such a small unit.
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