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Old 06-20-2016, 05:26 PM   #11
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DB, I just moved on to a pair of Honda 2000's. They work fine and are actually easier for me to move around. The Champion took two and it was really hard to lift it into the truck because of the height of the tailgate.
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:00 PM   #12
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I am interested in buying the Champion 2800 watt generator for my Roo 23IKSS. I like this generator as it will have enough power to run my A/C and is more cost effective than 2 - 2000 watt generators. The down side is that the generator weighs about 100lbs.

For those of you who are using this generator how do get it in and out of your truck? Do you use a ramp or multiple people to get it into the bed. I have not seen this model locally that I could try to lift.
That must be the electric start version of the Champion 2800. I have the pull start only version and it weighs 85 lbs dry. I am able to get it up on the truck fine but am glad not any heavier. The generator has nice handles on each end but I guess only you know how much you can lift without help.
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:31 PM   #13
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I have the 3100 Inverter Gen and if I had to do it all over again I'd get 2 2000's and pair them together.
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:38 PM   #14
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We have several friends that refuse to buy hondas due to the price. They have had generacs, colemans, and champions. Seems like they have a new generator every year. Plus we have to help them rebuild/clean the carbs on the champions most every trip.

We have had our 2 EU2000i for 10 years. No problems. Runs everything. I'm thinking we are ahead of our friends cost curve.

Do your homework on the real cost of cheaper generators.
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:42 PM   #15
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I have the champion 3100 electric start and wouldn't have anything else. We like camping in the smokies and I get up early to go into Cades cove. My wife can start the generator at 8:00 am without having to go outside. She helps me lift it into and out of the truck when setting up. Not an issue. We also have a farm we camp at often. Especially now we run the generator a lot but usually cut it off at night when it cools down. It runs out ac just fine. I know I can't use the microwave at the same time. I don't want another without electric start.
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:54 PM   #16
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DB, I just moved on to a pair of Honda 2000's. They work fine and are actually easier for me to move around. The Champion took two and it was really hard to lift it into the truck because of the height of the tailgate.
I have not regretted selling the Troy-Bilt 6200 one minute. With the two Ryobi i2200 units I can take one or both depending on where I am going. They run very quietly all night on less than a gallon of gas and only weigh about 55# each; easy to put into the truck bed. I was concerned last year about carrying 5 gallons of gas under my truck bed cover so I plunked down and bought 2 of the Justrite safety cans. I could open the cover and never even get a whiff of gas, plus felt much better as they are explosion proof. From what I read, California has a law against carrying gas in the plastic totes we see all the time.
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I have not regretted selling the Troy-Bilt 6200 one minute. With the two Ryobi i2200 units I can take one or both depending on where I am going. They run very quietly all night on less than a gallon of gas and only weigh about 55# each; easy to put into the truck bed. I was concerned last year about carrying 5 gallons of gas under my truck bed cover so I plunked down and bought 2 of the Justrite safety cans. I could open the cover and never even get a whiff of gas, plus felt much better as they are explosion proof. From what I read, California has a law against carrying gas in the plastic totes we see all the time.
I was really considering the Smarter Tools set from Costco. They have the Yamaha engine and can be paired together just like the Honda's. $1200 for the set.
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I don't know about them, just watch the decibel rating for the units. Hondas are about 52db, my Ryobi units are about 53-54db. As long as they stay in that range you can set them right next to your RV and hardly notice they are running, especially in the ECO mode.
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I have the champion 3100 electric start and wouldn't have anything else. We like camping in the smokies and I get up early to go into Cades cove. My wife can start the generator at 8:00 am without having to go outside. She helps me lift it into and out of the truck when setting up. Not an issue. We also have a farm we camp at often. Especially now we run the generator a lot but usually cut it off at night when it cools down. It runs out ac just fine. I know I can't use the microwave at the same time. I don't want another without electric start.
I use a Boliy 3600Si and I can load by my self in truck and it is electric start plus I can do remote start also. Only weighs 75# and just as quiet as a Honda. Later RJD
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I got the 3100 Champion it's only 80 lbs I lift it without any trouble and it start the 13,500 AC I have. I like it and seems to work fine.
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