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Old 09-05-2011, 08:15 PM   #11
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Is that 2000 going to run my a/c and some other stuff at the same time ???
Nope. But two of them will, if linked together.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:21 PM   #13
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I have the champion 3500 watt, almost as quiet as the Honda, but a fraction of the cost. My neighbors at the track thanked me when I got rid of my noisy Briggs for this. In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
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You could also look at the Yamaha 2400IS. They will start a 13.5K BTU a/c (have done it for years). They can be had for around $1,100.

If you have a 15K BTU a/c the 2400 is iffy.

The Yamaha 2400 is about as quiet as a 2000...
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:03 AM   #15
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I have the champion 3500 watt, almost as quiet as the Honda, but a fraction of the cost. My neighbors at the track thanked me when I got rid of my noisy Briggs for this. In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
I am thinking the model that costs $499, that i have found, is fairly new... IT IS a rv model, with the 30 amp rv plug , remote start, wheels , and a handle..
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According to their product descriptions a Honda EU3000i has a decibel rating of 57-65 dBA.
The Champion 46515 3500W / 4000W Rv Ready Gas Generator has a decibel rating of 68dBA.
Normal conversation is supposed to rated at 60dBA so maybe the Champion won't be that bad.
It may be worth checking out when you consider the price difference.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:50 AM   #17
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According to their product descriptions a Honda EU3000i has a decibel rating of 57-65 dBA.
The Champion 46515 3500W / 4000W Rv Ready Gas Generator has a decibel rating of 68dBA.
Huh ?? The info I came up with:

The Honda 3000: 58 dB at full load, 49 dB at 1/4 load.

The Champion 3500: 68 dB (???) at 1/4 load (???).

That is a huge difference. I can't find decibel stats on the Champion website......I wonder why ?? Honda and Yamaha both have their levels listed.

A fellow came up to me as I was starting my Yama over the weekend, and asked me all sorts of questions. Seems like is in the market for a generator, and was impressed with seeing me start mine (1 pull), and also the low noise level. He did not want want the noisy generators that many campers use.
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In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
if you're camping at a race track, then it's a perfect choice.
but, no way is a Champion nearly as quiet! i've heard both and would never take a Champion to a quiet campground.
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If most ( 90% of the time ) We are camping at rv parks, state parks, county parks... and there are 30 amp electric hook ups that are included.. I can only see using a generator, if we were traveling and decided to camp at wally world for the night ...or if a storm knocked power out, at the campground ,that we would happen to be at
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I have the champion 3500 watt, almost as quiet as the Honda, but a fraction of the cost. My neighbors at the track thanked me when I got rid of my noisy Briggs for this. In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
Is yours the same model that is a rv model, that has the 30 amp outlet( plug in directly ) (with remote for starting), battery start,voltage protector,wheels and handle for $499 ??
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