I have a Honda EU 2000, and it is quiet, but I will never purchase one again. The power inverter has been replaced twice, once under warranty, once with cash. The circuit breaker has also been replaced.
Nothing like getting the trailer setup, the generator setup, starting it up and finding out there is NO AC output and you are approx. 100 miles from anything. Lucky with two batteries and warm weather, I was able to hang around for five days. This happened twice.
The following info, might pertain to all other generators.
The other problem I had, was partly my fault, for reading the owner's manual and expecting it to be correct, and NOT reading every page
(could be a problem with many generators).
The owner manual states for under 6 month storage, "Fill with fresh gasoline and add gasoline conditioner *. Run the engine for 10 minutes
to use up the non-treated gasoline."
(My fault...they do note to used unleaded fuel, and in the USA/Canada the use of Ethanol fuel is OK, but "unleaded fuel" without Ethanol is "recommended.
" So, naturally, I used unleaded fuel with ethanol...all that I could find in Moab; so not much choice.
Exactly what I did and it was in storage for about 3 months, not the full 6 months. Well, I ended up having to rebuild the carburetor; not a big problem and only about $15 for the kit.
Per the technician in the Honda repair facility, the owner's manual is primarily printed for Japan and does not take into account what happens if ethanol fuel is used. And 2-6 months with ethanol fuel will cause problems with the fuel sitting in the fuel bowl/carburetor. Exactly what happened in my case.
His suggestion was if over a month, run the generator dry of fuel and open the fuel bowl drain (small screw on bottom of fuel bowl (takes about a minute after you find a very small screwdriver). Takes quite a few pulls when fuel is added again to get the fuel into the system and the bowl filled.
His other suggestion was to use high octane non-ethanol gasoline, which is available in in the area I now live in ID and to add to add a small amount of Sea Foam or another stabilizer. So I have used only premium non-ethanol gasoline and have had NO problem, even with the generator sitting over three months with fuel in the system.
Starts up every time with one or two pulls. However, the inverter went out again.
So, would I purchase a Honda again? NOPE. Granted, I probably got a lemon and possibly the inverter might be the same used on other generators.