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Old 06-14-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Generator Question 2017 HFS

I need some advice. I am in the market for a generator. I have narrowed it down to (2) of the Honda 2000 generators to run parallel, or the 1 Honda 3000.

Save me the lecture on overpaying for Honda, I am impressed with them. Here is my dilemma, Will the 3K be enough for the 13,500 ac, fridge and lighting, etc or would it be better to run 2 parallel? Pricing is about the same, but I like only having to haul 1 generator rather then wire up the 2. I don't mind turning ac off to take a shower or the like....



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Old 06-14-2016, 10:37 AM   #2
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the 2-2000 are really not much more then the one 3000 . figure the 2000 you'll get about 1500w usable the 3000 about 2700 usable

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Old 06-14-2016, 10:43 AM   #3
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3000 will run the ac, fridge, lighting. Have to cut off the AC to run the microwave.
Will have to take fuel and an extra side tank with either. The 3000 will last just over night with a full tank. The 3000 is much heaver, will take 2 people to load. Most just leave it in the bed of the truck. The 2000's are much lighter and very manageable with one person. Will use a little less fuel. Anytime you are not needing the ac you could only run one. Add a chain and a good lock or they will grow feet and walk off.
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:44 AM   #4
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I have the 3000 and if we're to do it again, I would go with 2-2000. There are times all I need is a single 2000. Plus the 3000 just barely fits on the 29hfs tongue.
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:21 PM   #5
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Overpriced, but reliable.
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:39 PM   #6
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Pros of two
1. If AC not required you only need to take 1 smaller generator
2. Easier to move around the 3000 is heavy
3. If one fails at least you have basic power

Cons of two
1. You have to take two which take up a little more space.
2. need parallel kit, but that us just a small cable set.

Really depends on where you camp and what you want to operate.

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Old 06-14-2016, 01:43 PM   #7
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2 Honda 2000 gens

I just purchased a 2017 360PDEK and have bought two Honda 2000's...because they are lighter and easier to, I researched and bought the $185 propane converter kits...I was advised that pouring gasoline in the middle of the night into a hot generator that ran out of gas is not fun. The propane will burn cleaner, better for the gen and longer...I bought two boots for two 20lb propane tanks to sit in the truck bed..(all are chained)...
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I should add, I already have a smaller Ryobi 2200 but I refuse to buy another and parallel it.

I was thinking of keeping that for a "spare". 98% of the time I will have power, but I make a 3yr trip that is five days long (yes I said that right LOL) with no water or power. I would typically just keep a 3K in the back of truck. so weight isn't an issue, I just don't want be to strapped for power.
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Old 06-14-2016, 02:04 PM   #9
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I have a Honda 2000 and it runs everything but the AC, I have 2 friends with 2000's I can borrow for trips I need the AC. My 29HFS has the upgrade 15k AC and 2 2000's run it and the microwave just fine.
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Old 06-14-2016, 04:03 PM   #10
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Remember generators are rated for 80 percent .8 of the nameplate rating for continuous loads. .8 x 3000 is 2400 continuous load.

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