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Old 03-26-2011, 05:40 PM   #11
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Boliy inverter generators are nearly half the cost of a hondas, more wattage, lighter, and have very good reviews:
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:16 AM   #12
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We have a Kipor, runs quite , is an inverter gen and much cheaper that the 2 honda's or yamaha ? spelling?
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:45 AM   #13
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It comes down to whether you want quietness or inexpensive. You can't have both. 10 decibels doesn't sound like much, but it is . The champion gives a lot of bang for the buck and has great customer service.
But it's way louder than a more expensive inverter generator.
It also weighs over 100 lbs.
If you aren't in a campground, then the champion will be fine.
If you plan on dry camping in a campground, then you will not be liked by your neighbors.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:41 AM   #14
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I have a DuroPower DP2000S 2000W Generator. It's quiet, lightweight, and low priced. DuroPower® - DP2000S 2000W Silent Camping Generators w Free Shipping!
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:10 PM   #15
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Just a point of reference. Every 3db douples the sound level.

Yep! Most people don't understand that and think the different between 50DB and 60DB is small; WRONG! The scale is logrithmic not linear. Get the Champion if you must but your camping neighbors are NOT going to be happy with you. People go camping for nature; not to hear noisy generators. Sorry that is so strongly worded but I think it has to be. Respect your camping neighbors.
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3db equal double power or the min change u can hear. 10db equal 10 x. I'm thinking 13db equal 20x. 20db equal 100x.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:05 PM   #17
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I own a Champion 3500W Generator to power my camper trailer and am very happy with it. I am amazed that it is not that loud. I've received no complaint from my neighbors.

Really, I do not run the generator continuonusly. I only run to recharge the battery and to use the microwave for about 30 min to 1 hr at a time.

I bought mine at the Tractor Suppy Store for only $279 last spring.


The Champion Power Equipment® 3500 W Portable Gasoline Generator provides dependable power where and when you need it.
  • 6.5 HP* / 196 cc Champion™ OHV engine (*as rated by the engine manufacturer)
  • Integrated Control Panel - 120 V / 240 V Twist lock, 120 V RV Receptacle, Single 120 V Receptacle & Push-to-Reset Circuit Breakers
  • 3500 running watts / 4000 peak watts
  • Low oil shut-off, overload protection and circuit breakers for safe operation
  • Includes volt meter
  • 1-year residential / 3-month commercial warranty
Whether you are looking to protect your family and possessions during a power outage, run a few tools or venture into the great outdoors, there's no better feeling than taking control of your power needs with a Champion™ generator. Portable generators are an affordable way to have power when you need it most. While being easy to start and use, they offer a premium combination of power, performance and value.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:22 PM   #18
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We purchased the powerhouse gen from our dealer with our trailer and we love it. Not too loud and comes with a remote start.
We orig ordered the 2700 which is 2600 watts but they messed up the order and gave us the 3500 instead.
What's nice about the 2700 model is you can tether them together like the Honda and it's more wattage and about 900.

Both models have remote start
X2.....I went with the "Powerhouse" Inverter generator as well except I got the 2100's x2 to run in parallel just like the Honda 2000w. I've used 1 and found the noise level very acceptable. as far as the remote start, couldn't get mine to work, but then again from what I've read- you aren't doing the gen any favors by starting them with loads on them anyway. So that kind of makes the remote start pointless imho.
Also if someone will correct me if I'm wrong - a 13.5 AC needs a min of 2800w all by itself to start, which is why most people grab the 3000's or as I did get two 2000's to run together.
BTW I got the Powerhouse 2100 for $649 online, no tax free shipping and they have a 2 year warranty.
Hope that helps, good luck!
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I have a DuroPower DP2000S 2000W Generator. It's quiet, lightweight, and low priced. DuroPower® - DP2000S 2000W Silent Camping Generators w Free Shipping!
thats pretty cheap at $299 shipped - the 2000 watt only does 13amps though
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The Champions are great gennies. The ones that will say otherwise are the ones that got suckered in to spending the money on a Honda or Yamaha I'm not discounting the quality of the Hondas or Yamaha, but to think you have to have one of them to have a quiet/reliable generator is incorrect.

Here's a chart that gives some good examples for different sound levels. While the Champion 4000, at 68dB, is louder than the Honda, 68dB is far from loud. A normal conversation is between 60-70dB. Bang for the buck, it's tough to beat the Champions.
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