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Old 03-10-2015, 03:53 AM   #1
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since the onan is out of my price range at the moment. i've been researching other generators . 2 honda 2000 or even one 3000 is still way to much right round $2200 . remote start for these is either expensive or not available .
I've run across a champion 3100w start 2800w running, i know china . but the reviews i've read have been mostly very good and this company seems to really stand behind them Champion Inverter Generators 2 yr warranty and parts
so for a third less then onan and more then half as much as honda and since i wont need ac . thinking it will work . i like the remote start feature , seems the gas tank is a bit small [they do sale an extended run gas tank but not worth 249 . will only use for lights , micro ,coffee maker fridge , furnace
[not all at once] etc and charging batteries
Thinking this may fit the bill for now
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:12 AM   #2
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Just for occasional use, I know a lot of folks that have had pretty decent luck with those Champion inverter genny's. You really want to run them good and hard out of the box though. It seems some are a bit 'hit n miss'. They either fail quickly.. and covered by warranty, or they are good for the long haul. So you really want to 'stretch their legs' as soon as you can. Personally, I would try and get a good 20 hours under a 50% load or better.

You are very correct though. For some of the more spendy genset's.. the remote start add-ons are very cost prohibitive.
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:23 AM   #3
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You can't go wrong w the Honda - u get what u pay for and Noise level is your enemy when camping - can't beat the the Hondas for noise level and dependability - have used for over 8 years now never an issue - and campers nearby seem not to mind one Honda running due to very very quit operation - in Eco mode barely know it's running.

If money is issue get one 2000 to start and companion later - you only need 2 units to run AC otherwise one Honda 2000 does everything you'll need.

I also invested in goal Zero solar portable panels and extra battery - this allows for even less generator use - charge batteries during day w solar or generator and can run LED lights and satellite TV all night w no generator running after dark ---- basically only used Hondas for microwave - (1 Honda needed) and for AC (2 Honda 2000 needed)

Very important to make sure all lighting in RV converted to LED -- huge power saving.....


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Old 03-10-2015, 11:26 AM   #4
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You can't go wrong w the Honda - u get what u pay for and Noise level is your enemy when camping - can't beat the the Hondas for noise level and dependability - have used for over 8 years now never an issue - and campers nearby seem not to mind one Honda running due to very very quit operation - in Eco mode barely know it's running.

If money is issue get one 2000 to start and companion later - you only need 2 units to run AC otherwise one Honda 2000 does everything you'll need.

I also invested in goal Zero solar portable panels and extra battery - this allows for even less generator use - charge batteries during day w solar or generator and can run LED lights and satellite TV all night w no generator running after dark ---- basically only used Hondas for microwave - (1 Honda needed) and for AC (2 Honda 2000 needed)

Very important to make sure all lighting in RV converted to LED -- huge power saving.....


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I've got a honda 1000 not near enough . i agree hondas are the best but the price is to much now . when i am able I'll get the onan . the honda 2000 is only a 1600 watt running gen and not near the features . plus having to go out side and start up on cold mornings to make coffee . well that's not worth 1000 for one honda . I really think I'm going to take a gamble on the champion with the remote . run it hard for a bit and go from there .won't need it in a camp ground . The db rating of the champion is 58 . very livable I think the honda is 49 so almost twice as loud . but I will only need it when dry camping are as the say boondocking .
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:28 AM   #5
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I plan on a 4 battery pack , and solar is in the works . I thought all 29s came with led lights inside
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I plan on a 4 battery pack , and solar is in the works . I thought all 29s came with led lights inside
Right about the lights... outside: ramp floods, and step lights and light on the nose are not. Clearance lights and awning LED (naturally) are.

Noise it seems to me, is directly proportional to watts being generated, as well as how much they weigh. Of course, some are better than others. I can't very well pick up a 3000W by myself, so I might go with the 233# 9200/7200 that would be loafing with a 30Amp load over the 139# 4000/3500 that can't quite make 30amps continuously. Both have remote start. Pull it up the ramp, into the garage when traveling. Northen Tools carries them, not sure out your way. Quality, not going to happen, since they aren't Hondas or Onans.

Champion Power Equipment Electric Start Generator with Wireless Remote Control — 4000 Surge Watts, 3500 Rated Watts, EPA and CARB Compliant, Model# 46539 | Portable Generators| Northern Tool + Equipment

Champion Power Equipment Electric Start Generator with Wireless Remote Control — 9200 Surge Watts, 7200 Rated Watts, Model# 41533 | Portable Generators| Northern Tool + Equipment
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Right about the lights... outside: ramp floods, and step lights and light on the nose are not. Clearance lights and awning LED (naturally) are.

Noise it seems to me, is directly proportional to watts being generated, as well as how much they weigh. Of course, some are better than others. I can't very well pick up a 3000W by myself, so I might go with the 233# 9200/7200 that would be loafing with a 30Amp load over the 139# 4000/3500 that can't quite make 30amps continuously. Both have remote start. Pull it up the ramp, into the garage when traveling. Northen Tools carries them, not sure out your way. Quality, not going to happen, since they aren't Hondas or Onans.

Champion Power Equipment Electric Start Generator with Wireless Remote Control ó 4000 Surge Watts, 3500 Rated Watts, EPA and CARB Compliant, Model# 46539 | Portable Generators| Northern Tool + Equipment

Champion Power Equipment Electric Start Generator with Wireless Remote Control ó 9200 Surge Watts, 7200 Rated Watts, Model# 41533 | Portable Generators| Northern Tool + Equipment

Do a search . northern tool is expensive for these gen sets . i've lookd at the 4000/3500 with remote . cheaper then the 3100/2800 . but twice as loud at 69 db . the 3100 is 58 db . since i live in the mountainous west AC is not really a issue . maybe needed for my southern winters but not this summer , looks like northern quit carrying champions . cabelas has the 4000/3500 RS for 429 . best deal i could find on the 3100/2800 RS is 999 shipped it only weighs 107 has a folding handle and wheels .

those bigger ones are around 750 with RS . there also 74 db sound level . very loud
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guess i was wrong northern still has them but at 599 . compared to expensive cabelas at 429 on sale now
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Home Depot has a lifan 3500 with remote for 899 and it is inverter generator


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Didn't care for the reviews on the lifan . looked at it close and it looks good on the surface .After all the researching for off brand units champion kept coming up as a better unit , and 100 extra is worth it . but to pay for a name brand that only puts out 1600 w . The champion puts out 2800w for a 100 less and is remote .
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