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Old 01-13-2020, 11:44 AM   #1
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Wen 3800 Inverter Generator?

Anyone out there have the Wen 3800 Inverter Generator? Any problems or issues?
Also considering Champion 4000 Hybrid model.

Would really like to get a full 30amps (or darn close) so we can run ac and microwave when at rest stops for lunch and such. Also don't want to break the bank (<$1,000)...
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Old 01-13-2020, 02:06 PM   #2
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WEN products has them on sale, now, at
https://wenproducts.com/collections/...-fuel-shut-off.

Amazon and HomeDepot both show them with quite favorable reviews.

I ordered one but have not received it, so can't comment on the actual product yet.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:25 PM   #3
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Anyone out there have the Wen 3800 Inverter Generator? Any problems or issues?
Also considering Champion 4000 Hybrid model.

Would really like to get a full 30amps (or darn close) so we can run ac and microwave when at rest stops for lunch and such. Also don't want to break the bank (<$1,000)...
Don't buy Hybrid model. It's not a "true" inverter generator, like other Champion inverter generators.
It's much louder and only 3db quieter than the under $300 regular open-frame contractor-style 3500/4000w Champion generator.
I would get the 2000w inverter generators with parallel kit, which can be bought for under $1000. That way if you don't need to run the a/c, a single 2000w one will run everything else, including the microwave. Lifting a 50lb 2000w unit is way easier than lifting a 100lbs+ 3000w unit.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:52 PM   #4
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I have one of the 3800s. Bought it refurbished I believe for 550 straight from WEN. Iím fortunately live close enough to their Illinois plant I could go get it. Mines worked great for me, and itís quiet enough for power outages in the city. Always had enough power to have my ac going plus others.
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Old 01-13-2020, 04:13 PM   #5
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Not a Wen but if you are looking for something to give you the full 3600w a 30a service can use, you might consider the Westinghouse iGen 4500.

4500w peak and 3700w continuous.

This generator is also sold under a few other names as well.

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Old 01-14-2020, 08:46 AM   #6
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Don't buy Hybrid model. It's not a "true" inverter generator, like other Champion inverter generators.
It's much louder and only 3db quieter than the under $300 regular open-frame contractor-style 3500/4000w Champion generator.
I would get the 2000w inverter generators with parallel kit, which can be bought for under $1000. That way if you don't need to run the a/c, a single 2000w one will run everything else, including the microwave. Lifting a 50lb 2000w unit is way easier than lifting a 100lbs+ 3000w unit.
Thanks for the thoughts on the hybrid... It was in serious contention. I currently have the Champion 3800 duel fuel and feel it is WAY too loud. I do like the electric start and it fits nicely under my bed cover but I don't feel good running it unless we are the only ones around.

Getting two units to parallel isn't in the cards for me. We primarily travel in the summer months and nearly always run the ac when we stop. I often leave the gene in the truck bed, with the cover open of course and nothing around the gene, while it is running. Don't really want to have to set up the two gene's and parallel system before getting things fired up.

I liked the Wen for its watt size and its physical size. Big enough to power everything and small enough to fit in the truck bed under the cover. The ease of electric start is important to me. We like rolling to a stop where I can get out, open the bed cover, fire the gene up, grab the extension cord and plug in, and have the ac blowing in under 2 minutes. In fact I often had it down to 60 seconds... sounds silly but having the Mrs. and a baby on board makes this particularly useful.
The times I do take it out of the truck 100lbs isn't bad for me.... I'd like to consider myself in shape enough to handle it. And that is usually only on a couple of overnights where I have unhitched to go get gas or solve other problems. While traveling I am generally pretty self contained, roll up, gene, eat/nap, go. The longest part of the process is putting out the slide to give the munchkin some room to play!
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Works great

Got the unit just before Xmas and it runs our FR Artic Wolf 5er just fine. The 15000 AC has a Easy Start on it and the unit never even starts to bog down. Unit is sturdy and the fuel shut off was a real deal maker for me. It is quiet and produces clean power and just break it in and change the oil after 5 hours. I run 20-50 Amsoil in it just like my motorcycles and it really purrs along. I also suggest additive to counter any ethanol effects to last a long time. Very easy to add a extended fuel tank also.
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