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Old 05-26-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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Powerhouse Generators, Reviews??......

Camping world is carrrying the powerhouse brand generators I was wondering if anyone has tried them out yet?, And how do they compare to the Honda's and yamaha's ?. Are they even close to being as quiet and are they reliable. I am in the market for there 2000 version for $599, Ive been looking at the hondas for a while but this is half the price . So hopefully someone can let me know if they have one. thx
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I don't know to much about the Powerhouse brand but I bought this one(P2000 POWERSMART SERIES™ INVERTER) and am very satisfied and at a fraction of the cost of a Honda or Yamaha and it is quiet and dependable as well.
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Most inexpensive generators will wake the dead. Look for Db ratings before you buy; and consider your fellow campers. Remember DB is not linear; it is logrithmic. So, every 3 DB higher in rating approximately DOUBLES the sound pressure. So 62 DB is four times as loud as 56 DB;
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Thats what I am looking for.
I seen they are 62db, and the hondas are in the 40-55 range. So these would be twice as loud? ALso I would like to not have to replace something in a year or so.
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Thats what I am looking for.
I seen they are 62db, and the hondas are in the 40-55 range. So these would be twice as loud? ALso I would like to not have to replace something in a year or so.
I have been both routes. Started out with a "construction" type generator. It was rated at 65db. I used it 1 season and sold it. Too loud even with a long extension cord for my taste. I then bought a Yamaha ef2400. Super quiet at 53db. I have since sold it and bought a Honda EU3000is. Even quieter at 48db. I can tell a difference between 53db and 48 db. Not a huge difference, but noticeable. The differece between 62db and 53db or 62db and 48db is huge. You really need to hear the difference to appreciate it. To me it is well worth the cost difference.
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Last weekend being interested in a Powerhouse 3000w I asked a local dealer if he had any I could hear. He had a 2100w on a service truck and started it for me. I was impressed that it had a key starter but it was quite loud. I don't want one.

One of my pet peeves is the campers who put a loud generator on my side of his trailer and run it 4 hours a day to re-charge his batteries.
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I don't know the Powerhouse well, but I do know that they have some big noisy generators and also some inverter types that (by spec) are as quiet as any.

I have two 2kW inverter type Champions that are about $500 each. I also have a parallel kit ($80) so I can hook them together and run the AC.

These have the same noise spec as the Honda and Yamaha. At 23 ft., they are 52 dba at 1/4 load and 59 dba at full load. I find that I can stand nex to them and hold a conversation in a normal tone of voice. When I go into the RV and close the door, I barely notice the sound at all.

I haven't had them long enough to know how they will hold up, but they have a large dealer network so if needed, parts and repairs are available.

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I had a Onan 6000 watt diesel generator in a $180K Monaco class A coach with double pained windows a few years back. Now I have a remote start, $359 Champion 3500 watt on the front of my 30WRS Work and Play toy hauler trailer. When you're parked at Walmart's, rest stops, or truck stops you'll always get these semi's idling their engines next to you, it doesn't make any difference, you're still going to hear the semi's idling their engines and your generator inside with the windows closed, the A/C on, it's the same. Turn up your stereo or your TV and don't worry about offending your neighbors, cause they don't.
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Ok, this past weekend I was boondocking in humid 90+ temp and the camper was even hotter. Turns out Camping World has a sale on the non-portable eu3000is model today (aug 6) and it's on the way to my house as we speak. Quiet power with electric start. I'll deal with the 135 lbs.
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