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Old 09-04-2018, 08:19 PM   #1
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What generator are you guys using?

I really want some insight into what everyone is using. I used a non inverted genny in the past to run one of our ac's. As everyone knows they are loud and could possibly cause damage to the electronics. We recently picked up a new 372rd Heritage Glen. I am wanting to upgrade our genset. I need something that will run our fridge (residential) and one ac. And also a large tv in the evening. I have a budget of about $1500. I really like the idea of buying 2 to run in parallel so when we go in the summer, we can run both, but if we are some where cooler and dont need the ac, we can just take one to keep the batteries charged. With that said, If I was going to buy one only, for now anyway. I am thinking this model...

https://www.amazon.com/Champion-3400...=champion+3500

I like that I could upgrade later to a second over time and run 50 amp in parallel.

If I am going to buy 2. I am thinking this set up...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CPWX2E6...ing=UTF8&psc=1

You have to manually choose the power pack to see what I am talking about.

But anyway, I am open to any and all suggestions and insight.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:03 PM   #2
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There are probably over a thousand different valid answers to your questions. I will relate my limited experience. I own a Champion 4000/3500 open frame that runs our whole 30 amp unit with no problems at all. Their customer service is second to none. It is however too loud for most campgrounds. I am thinking of upgrading to the digital inverter hybrid but I want to see one in action first. The model that you are looking at is very nice but have you considered getting remote start instead of dual fuel? I thought it would be great to push a button on a cold morning instead of going outside and starting the generator. A lot of people here run Honda’s but 2 of them will go way past the $1500 budget that you have. The guys that pair up 2 Honda’s or 2 Champion 2000 watt units say that it runs quieter than a 3500 single that has to run harder to make the ac work. Having 2 generators means that they are each lighter and easier to handle. The thing to ask besides what you plan on running is what are the other features that are important to you. Noise? Weight? Not having to get up in the middle of the night to refuel? Remote start? Jay
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:11 PM   #3
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So,

I have a:

220 volt 6500 watt Coleman open frame for the house

Yamaha EF3000SiB that I used to carry in the truck bed

Replaced RV generator with a Honda 2000 Companion; plan to buy a Honda 2200 to parallel with it.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:14 PM   #4
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Have a Honda 3000IS Handi that I never use because it will not run my AC in Eco Mode and thus runs out of gas in 4 hours.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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Have a Honda 3000IS Handi that I never use because it will not run my AC in Eco Mode and thus runs out of gas in 4 hours.
Put a Micro-Air Easy Start across the start capacitor and it will run from a Honda 2000 in Eco mode.

https://www.microair.net/products/ea...nt=30176048267

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Old 09-04-2018, 09:24 PM   #6
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I have the Dual Fuel Champion 3400 Inverter you are considering and must say that it is a great generator. It runs my 13.5 KW A/C and my Dometic refrigerator, plus all of the interior lights and TV without any issues. I keep it stored in the covered bed of my Tundra and have enough 30 AMP extension cord to run it to my trailer from there. I have never needed to run it on propane, but I know that I can if needed. I bought an hour meter for it and have had it for nearly 18 months -- right now it is $150 cheaper than when I bought it. Strong recommendation for it -- BTW, you need a neutral - ground plug if you have a Progressive Industries EMS in your trailer (it has a floating neutral).
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Herk7769 is correct about the easy start and the ac running off one 2000 watt generator. A really good product IMHO. One thing about my 4000/3500 open frame that I consider a real plus is fuel tank size. I can fill it up after dinner and it will run the ac all night and not need gas until after breakfast. The Champion digital hybrid also has a pretty big tank. A lot of guys have added 6 gallon boat tanks that they can hook up to a Honda 2200 or 2000 pretty easily. If the OP decides to run the ac with a 2000 watt inverter and an easy start the ac when running will take up almost all the running watts that one 2000 watt generator makes. My 13.5 k Coleman Mach runs on about 1250-1325 watts once it’s compressor is started. The borrowed Honda I tested with was a typical 2000watt unit that puts out 1600 watts continuously and 2000 watts for up to 30 minuets. In that situation you could run the ac, the converter if the batteries are close to a full charge and a tv. Jay
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Put a Micro-Air Easy Start across the start capacitor and it will run from a Honda 2000 in Eco mode.

https://www.microair.net/products/ea...nt=30176048267

Don't forget there is a discount code for Forest River!

Use discount code:

"FORESTRIVER" (case sensitive)

No kidding; it really works great.
Just did this and purchased a Honda Eu2200. Works awesome and I don't need to carry the 150# Eu3000 around anymore. And I can confirm the new micro air did allow the A/C to run on ECO, or maybe a few RPM's above it. Good luck

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I have the Dual Fuel Champion 3400 Inverter you are considering and must say that it is a great generator. It runs my 13.5 KW A/C and my Dometic refrigerator, plus all of the interior lights and TV without any issues. I keep it stored in the covered bed of my Tundra and have enough 30 AMP extension cord to run it to my trailer from there. I have never needed to run it on propane, but I know that I can if needed. I bought an hour meter for it and have had it for nearly 18 months -- right now it is $150 cheaper than when I bought it. Strong recommendation for it -- BTW, you need a neutral - ground plug if you have a Progressive Industries EMS in your trailer (it has a floating neutral).
^^^ Same generator only marked 3500 W from Camping World (on sale last year).

Flawless. I've run it on propane when I know it will be running all day as a tank will keep it going for 15 hours or so. Tank of gas only half that. I carry spare gas for truck and generator and two spare propane tanks for generator and trailer.
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Predator 3500

I’ve been doing lots of research on this to ensure I can run the AC, etc. I narrowed it down to three inverter/generators: firman 3200w, champion 4000w and the predator 3500w. They are all similar price points and can run the electronics cleanly, but the Predator is much quieter. I passed by one running at a campsite two weeks ago, and it was as quiet or quieter than a Honda. The Firman and Champion sound like rattlecans by comparison, but I only heard these on YouTube videos. You can get any of these for under $700. The other thing to consider is fuel consumption, and these are all among the best I found for efficiency.
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