First of all this forum has been immensly helpful with finding information to assist us with the purchase of our TT (on order). So thank you to everyone who participates!
My husband and I are now researching generators. We almost had a heart attack a few nights ago, when looking at the prices for the much respected Hondas and Yamahas. We are purchasing this TT so that we can vacation affordably with our 5 year old. The investment is already maxing our budget, and we really had no idea about generator costs before this. We cannot afford the Honda or Yamaha. After several hours at the computer, I ran across the Champion 4000. It seems to be well reviewed across all consumer reviews I have seen. It's sub $400, readily available and 10db louder than the Honda/Yamaha versions. Now I don't know what 10 db means in progression of volume increase. And I am not sure if it justifies the increase in price for the other brands. I grew up in the rural coastal mountains of California. We often lost power and the generator we had, you couldn't hear each other in the house over that sucker. It was LOUD. So went the generator my grandfather had in his Class C. The sound almost rocked the RV. I can see generators have come a looooong way, now purring instead of roaring.
From what I have seen there are a lot of full timers and others who really feel it's important to keep the sound down. I agree!! I just have nothing to compare sound to, and I am not sure if the Champion will be a nuisance to my neighbors. Enough to avoid the unit.
Thanks to all. Sorry for being wordy, my husband is at work and my coffee is kicking in.