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Old 01-11-2011, 12:49 AM   #11
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I used over 32 hours of generator time in two weeks. And that was travelling down to FL and back. We did 5 Walmart stops and it was winter time.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:22 AM   #12
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Yeah Donn, that's my thinking now. Buy 1 2000 and see if I have a need for the 2nd one. We prefer cooler weather and so we maybe able to get by without using the AC too often. Will a 2000 run the microwave if other things are off?
I have a slight preference for Yamaha, is their 2000 as good as the Honda. I also saw the Yamaha 2400, but they won't hook up parallel, will they?
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:58 AM   #13
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I run the Yamaha 2400 and use it almost exclusively at altitude (4,600-6,300'). Single unit, manageable weight. Fires up the micro as long as there is no other significant draw (coffee maker, hairdryer). Definately not the A/C...
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:26 PM   #14
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I run the Yamaha 2400 and use it almost exclusively at altitude (4,600-6,300'). Single unit, manageable weight. Fires up the micro as long as there is no other significant draw (coffee maker, hairdryer). Definately not the A/C...
Have you tried the AC at those altitudes ?? Mine works fine at 3500', but have never used it above that. As a precaution, I make sure the fridge is on gas only, and turn the AC fan on low beforehand to lessen the load.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #15
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Have you tried the AC at those altitudes ?? Mine works fine at 3500', but have never used it above that. As a precaution, I make sure the fridge is on gas only, and turn the AC fan on low beforehand to lessen the load.
I have not tried the A/C. We haven't had a desperate need for it...!
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:18 PM   #16
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Will a 2000 run the microwave if other things are off?
I have a slight preference for Yamaha, is their 2000 as good as the Honda. I also saw the Yamaha 2400, but they won't hook up parallel, will they?
yes, the H or Y 2000 should run your microwave, unless it's a way older model.
and yes, you can parallel a Yamaha 2400.

i have a Honda 2000 and it will run my microwave and also my 13.5btu Dometic a/c, at least near sea level.

either the H or Y 2000 models are the best you can get for quietness and durability.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:35 AM   #17
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Well, I think I'm going to go with the Yama 2400iSHC, since the straight IS model is discontinued. It does seem to run most Dometic 13.5 AC's. Hope it'll do mine since the iSHC can't be paralleled. It's cheaper than two 2000,s, and we don't plan on needing it for AC much anyway. It'd just be real nice for those times where we do need it.

Many thanks to everyone for all the good info and suggestions.
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We have the Honda 3000si which we use for backup emergency power at the house. I wired a transfer switch to my house electrical panel. Might keep this in the pickup bed when we travel. It's heavy though...
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Scott & Debbie, the Yamaha should do fine...it does for me, although I have the "is" model and not the "iSHC".....not exactly sure what the difference is.

Interesting note in the specs of the Yamaha 2400: High Current Surge Output - for starting 13,500 btu RV air conditioners.

When starting the AC, take the precations that I suggested in post #14.....cut off any extra load when starting the generator, and you shouldn't have a problem.
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The real reason

That I bought the Yamaha TriFuel EF3000iSeB is that it will run on Propane. Yes, I know that the price of propane closely follows the price of gasoline, since it is a byproduct of gas production.

But...

Propane does not go bad.... Ever. A ten year old bottle of propane is just as potent as a fresh one. Not so for gasoline (about a year IF you put stabilizer in it - 3 months if you don't).

Also in an emergency, Natural gas piped to the house does NOT require electricity to get to the generator. Gasoline requires electricity to get out of the ground. A gas station full of high test is useless without electric power. Just sayin'
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