Originally Posted by kjoh75
Seems to me that a quiet generator is key. I doubt that Honda holds the patent on quiet running generators. My camper runs off a 30 amp circut. Why can't ALL companies that manufacture generators make the proper adjustments to have a quiet running generator. Quiet meaning has quiet as the Honda's.
Noise polution effects all of us. Be it generator use for camping or construction.
If all generators ran as quiet as Honda's maybe, just maybe, the price might come down too.
I think when it comes to generators "You Get What You Pay For" applies. We have a Powerhouse 300i. Its a good generator that works well and is pretty quiet in eco-mode under "no load". But i don't think that Powerhouse puts as much effort into the engineering and design of their generators as Honda probably does. The components (engine, etc.) are retrofitted "off the shelf" are not specifically designed for quiet running, etc. For example, if you remove the inner panels from the Powerhouse you will find a second, hidden oil dipstick that seems to have no reason for being there.
If I was going to purchase a new genny tomorrow I think I would spend the extra dough and get the Hondas because they have a reputation of being very quiet and very reliable.
I should also say that we were at Assateague Island enjoying the beach and our brand new Powerhouse started leaking oil and smoking so badly we had to shut it off for fear of destroying it. Luckily a neighbor let us use his 2000W to charge our battery. And, even though I bought the genny from somewhere else, Camping World didn't hesitate to do the warranty work and we got a brand new replacement. :-)