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Old 07-12-2011, 09:57 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by ikemeyer View Post
The Yamaha and Honda generators talked about on this thread all sound great. especially the sound levels. unfortunately, they are way out of my price range and sound is not much of a concern for me. Has anyone had any luck with the Champion 46515 or similar model? It's running wattage is 3,500 and it has a 30TT recepticle.

I have had the unfortunate experience of being in a campground (luckily not right next to) a champion generator. Even though it was a cool day in the mountains these people chose to run that thing all day long. Our campsite was about 75 yards away from them and even at that distance it became quite annoying after several hours of listening to it. That day played a big factor into the purchase of my Yamaha.

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Old 07-12-2011, 10:59 AM   #72
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I've went as far as letting neighbors with noisy generators use my Honda. Some of them are obnoxious. I run my 6500W built in Generac as little as possible (coffee and Microwave) and use my Honda instead. I know the yamaha's and hondas might be too spendy but if you get a noisy one and are in a public campground, please be considerate to those around you as to how long it runs.

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Old 07-12-2011, 03:32 PM   #73
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Yeah, we had a camping neighbor with a noisy generator. Can't remember the brand because it wasn't well-known. We had to ask them to stop running it. They would have left it running continuously. Because of that, I decided buying a good name quiet generator (Honda) was the right thing to do.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:42 PM   #74
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On most military bases (without hookup sites) their FAMCAMPs have sound level requirements that are strictly enforced (and they are pretty low!). One retiree fired up a noisy generator and within 15 minutes had the Ground Safety and Military Police at his site. While I was not the one who burned him; I have to say I was not sorry when they booted him off the site and directed him to a local campground off base.

It was only later that I found out he told the MPs that he needed to run it all night to power his CPAP machine; a clear violation of quiet hours even with a low noise generator.

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Old 07-12-2011, 04:14 PM   #75
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Before I bought a Honda, I borrowed a 5000 w not sure what brand. I used more than twice the gas (and 10 times the noise) as the guys next to us with a 3000w honda with the same size camper
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:38 PM   #76
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i'm very happy w/ my Lifan Equipsource 2600 inverter/generator.
58dB, 63#, the size of a small suit case.

have been running it continuously in Southern Calif 90 degree heat the last two weeks. easily starts and runs the dometic brisk-air 13500 AC.

every now and then i get the low-oil-alert light and the generator shuts down. i then add 4-6oz of 10W30 motor oil, and i'm back in business.

great purchase, i'm very happy w/ the low cost, ease of use, quiet running sound, and the reliability.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:02 PM   #77
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Originally Posted by avocadoman1 View Post
i'm very happy w/ my Lifan Equipsource 2600 inverter/generator.
58dB, 63#, the size of a small suit case.
I checked out the website. It lists the noise level "from 58 dB"......I would have to presume that is the idle noise level. That is the noise level of many Yamahas and Hondas at full load.

It is strange that I can't find information on the noise level at full load for the Lifan generators......unless the manufacturer has conveniently omitted that.

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Old 07-12-2011, 05:22 PM   #78
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well, it's a 150cc motor, is an electric start, has an auto-idle feature.
when i fire-up the AC, i need to turn the auto-idle to "off". so it does run at full speed and may well be louder than 58dB.
but as soon as the AC kick-in, i turn the auto-idle to "on" and it runs at about 1/2 speed.
i've owned my share of generators...this is not loud.

that's not a $1200 Honda 2000 which has a much smaller power-head at 98cc. and, it's certainly isn't anywhere near the noise (and weight) of a Champion 3500 either.

i looked at the $2000+ Honda Handi model and could not accept the price.

so, this is what i ended up with. a small, light, quiet (enough for me and others around me), powerful, and (most of all) in-expensive generator.

one can find the 2600 on the internet for $650 + ship + no tax. i like that.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:28 PM   #79
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The sound levels may not be important to you, but what about your fellow campers ?? And after running that Champion for an hour or 2, I betcha the sound level becomes a lot more of a concern for you also.

First of all, I would never run a generator around fellow campers at a campground regardless of sound level. Most of them prohibit it. Perhaps I misunderstood the topic of this thread in your mind, so sue me!

Maybe I should have done a better job at explaining my ask, but I thought I was quite clear. 1) sound is not a concern. 2) not all of us have a $,$$$ tree growing in the back yard. And 3) some of us may be looking for something cost effective while camping elsewhere such as on private property. It was a simple ask. So here it is again!

Does this Champion 46515 or similar models perform as advertised?!?

and goodluck!
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:42 PM   #80
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Ike, sorry it would appear that some of us jumped on you about the lower cost gens. By your reply you've got things figured out & know when or when not to run the genny.

I was speaking from experience that some folks blissfully fire up their gen to cook their coffee when the rest of the campground is trying to sleep.

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