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Old 02-27-2016, 08:36 PM   #11
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Most all of the inverter generators show the decibels in the specs. There are suppose to be tested according to ISO standards to be able to claim a decibel rating. I think it's done about 20' away from the generator in the middle of an open field where sound doesn't bounce around. Mine claims 51 in econo mode and 58 at full speed. I think.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:07 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone for the input, I guess I just have to pick which one. I think I'm going with two 2200 instead of one 3100,just for the weight and Most times I might just need 2200 unless I need to use the air. And if you just have one and it doesn't start you have a back up.
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:30 AM   #13
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My truck is uncovered so I don't want to have anything back there that a thief couldn't resist. So I wanted something that would fit in the front compartment of my trailer where I could lock it up. And also, just for convenience, I didn't want something too heavy. With those dimensions to work with, I need the suitcase type like most of the 1600's - 2400's. Sound was also important to me. I wanted something as quiet as the Honda's and Yamaha's. Or at least close.
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:39 AM   #14
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I have had a Champion 3100 for 3 or 4 years. It's been great. Used to own a Honda 2000 I like the extra power of the Champion and the much lower price. If I had it to do over again I would have bought the electric remote start version.
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:42 AM   #15
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I have had a Champion 3100 for 3 or 4 years. It's been great. Used to own a Honda 2000 I like the extra power of the Champion and the much lower price. If I had it to do over again I would have bought the electric remote start version.
Yes, I really like the Champion and has great reviews and customer service. It's probably the most bang for your buck.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:10 AM   #16
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It's not much louder then the honda... it's not honda quite but it's not too far off... I want to say 58 db

Per specs

Powerhouse 3100 56 No load 65 Full load
Honda 3000 49 1/4 load 58 Full load

At each load level, the powerhouse is roughly twice as loud as the Honda.
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I have a champion at our cabin and a Boliy for our RV. The Boliy puts out more power but the Champion has sturdier wheels and a larger starter battery.

We use the Boliy camping because it is lighter and the extra power capacity is needed when running AC and fast charging our battery bank.
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All the China made are probably pretty close in quality. IMO, customer service availability in the US should be the major influence in one's choice.
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All the China made are probably pretty close in quality. IMO, customer service availability in the US should be the major influence in one's choice.
Champion's customer service is at the top of this group.
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I've got the non remote start 3100 champion unit. Bought it at the start of 2015 camping season and use did throughout the year, roughly 30 nights of camping. I secure it with a long braided steel lock cable to the tongue or bumper of my trailer so I can roll it underneath when raining or leaving camp (generator off of course).

It runs my 13.5 AC without a hard start capacitor, although I'll probably add one this year. It will run my ac, fridge, and TV with the switch in the economy mode at just slightly less than full throttle. Inside the camper with the AC on, you can't hear the generator with it 5ft from the trailer. It starts in one or two pulls, has nice wheels (but obly for hard surfaces, they don't work on gravel or dirt). Also has nice handles for lifting and fits nicely inside the bed of my pickup with my other gear. I've run it in the mountains of Idaho in freezing temps and it ran without a hiccup powering a satellite dish, receiver, and rv plus powering the trailer inverter and associated electronics.

I highly reccomend it, remote start might have been nice but it adds weight I wasn't willing to deal with for a little added convenience. Although it would be nice to fire it up to make coffee in the morning without going outside in the cold, but that just reminds me I'm camping.
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