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Old 01-16-2012, 04:40 AM   #21
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I have the Champion generator in question. I bought it at Cabela’s 4 years ago for $299. I bought it for emergency use during power outages. I also use it on my property where I do not have access to electricity and I need an electrical power supply for tools.

I don't use it for camping. My a/c in the house went out over a holiday weekend and my repair person does not work on weekends so I used it to power my former travel trailer so we could have a place with air conditioning to sleep. It powered the TT without issue, including using the a/c. I have connected it to my new TT (Rockwood) as I just purchased the Rockwood last month (Dec 2011).

It is light enough that 1 average man can pick it up and move it short distances or place it a utility trailer or inside the truck bed for transport. It is too heavy to carry the length of a football field.

As for noise, I am sure that it is probably louder than an inverter type Honda or Yamaha (cannot say with 100 percent certainty as I have never heard 1 of them operate). However, it does not produce as much noise as other generators of the same grade/type.

Since I have purchased the Champion generator in question, I see that Champion has come out with an inverter-type whereas 2 can be paralleled just as 2 Hondas can be paralleled. I have seen the Champion inverter type for $780. Here is a picture.

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Old 01-16-2012, 01:36 PM   #22
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the Champion inverter 2000w sells normally for around $500. never seen it for $780, which is a little under $100 less than what you can get a Honda 2000 for.

Sam's and Costco are selling these and some have been able to buy one for about $300.

the reviews on it are that it isn't quite as robust as the Honda 2000. but it is nearly as quiet.

here's the huge RV.net thread on it, over 200 pages long:

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...d/24022161.cfm
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:42 PM   #23
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For LIMITED daytime use, and not in an eco-sensitive environment where any noise is an intrusion to others, it makes a great generator for charging-up the batteries, running the microwave, and making a pot of coffee... It's also a great back-up to have at the house for keeping the fridge and freezer (or furnace) running during a power outage!

The bad rap these generators get is because of inconsiderate users who move them as FAR away from their RV as they can (because of the noise and fumes, and then run an extension cord so that they can try to run an A/C all night, and turn their stereo loud enough so that they don't have to listen to the noise of their own generator.

Bottom line: It's not the generator that's a problem, just some inconsiderate users....
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #24
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the 4000 watt generator is on sale for $311.99 + $80 for shipping -
One thing with camping world is if you take a printed copy to the store they will price match it even though it is a internet only special.

Also if you make a bunch of purchases at camping world - the camping club membership will pay for itself
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the 4000 watt generator is on sale for $311.99 + $80 for shipping -
One thing with camping world is if you take a printed copy to the store they will price match it even though it is a internet only special.

Also if you make a bunch of purchases at camping world - the camping club membership will pay for itself
that Champion 4000 can be bought at a lot of places for around $299. Cabelas, O'Reilly Auto just to mention a couple.
CW is about the most expensive place to buy from.
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that Champion 4000 can be bought at a lot of places for around $299. Cabelas, O'Reilly Auto just to mention a couple.
CW is about the most expensive place to buy from.
I bought mine from Cabelas with the wheel kit, cover (aka "weekender kit"), and freight for $300.00 delivered to my house.

Camping world needs to go away! I've rarely been treated so poorly by any company.
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It must be the store you go to cause the camping world I deal with here has great service and friendly people working.

$299 when it is on sale - not normal price.
Cabela's has them for $329 for the weekender package and am pretty sure shipping is extra as well since the closest Cabela's to me is Louisiana.

I did find a Black Max 3650 Watt Generator from Sams Club for $299 and it has a 30 Amp RV Plug on the side of it as well - I want to use it for Rest area's on long trips and my welder when I need to weld some where it is hard to get power
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:11 PM   #28
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I just bought the Champion generator at Tractor Supply Company for $299. Works like a champ(ion).
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I just got mine for $299 at CW. I heard people complain about how loud it was but read so many positive reviews about it on the CW website that I thought maybe they're too picky. After getting it set up, I side with the complainers. Definitely louder than I'd be comfortable with at a campground. Anyway, it will be good for boondocking or for an emergency power outage at the house.
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I found this generator at camping world. Typically I would just ignore it as something priced this low is usually too good to be true. HOWEVER. The reviews are fantastic as well. Anyone here have actual experience with Champion Generators? Advice? I am pretty tempted to pull the trigger just to check it out..

Champion Generators - Champion 4000 Watt Portable Generator-49-State Model - Portable Generators - Camping World
Bought one, noisy as hell, died after about 10 hours and made in China! (which explains the died in 10 hours problem)
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