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Old 03-26-2014, 12:00 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I am looking to by a generator for my Cherokee m26-l. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:12 AM   #2
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Yours is a 30A unit if I'm not mistaken, you can run one of the Yamaha or Honda 3000 alone or two of the 2000 watt gensets that have been tied in parallel. At that level you can run everything, AC, microwave, etc. Only time you might have trouble is if you're running the microwave when the AC kicks on, so if the AC isn't on, just turn the thermostat off, nuke dinner, then turn the AC back on.

I've got a 12 year old Honda EX4500, it's literally not given me one moments trouble. Thus I'd go with two of the Honda EU2000i models, run them in parallel. That way you have two really light gensets, they're every fuel efficient, and if you don't need AC you can run just one for even more fuel savings. Near silent too.

There's another brand, Champion I believe, that have gotten good reviews here. I'm not personally familiar though.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I guess my question really is, do I need to go with the inverter type generators or just a straight generator. I've heard that either is fine and have also been told only run a generator with inverter
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This is where it gets sticky. Generators can vary their hertz from the US standard of 60, so the inverter models take the energy from the genset, regulate it and put out a nice clean 60hz signal.

How much variance it too much? I don't know, I'm not that smart. My genset is not an inverter model but has a steady as a rock 60hz signal according to my meter.

Electronics really like their steady hertz signal, so if you're going to watch tv, or run a non battery operated computer (Desktop instead of a laptop.) then I'd make sure to get the inverter model. Just to run lights and charge batteries? Odds are you'll be fine without.

Now, both of the versions I mentioned, 3000 and dual 2000 models, are inverter models. In fact, all of the portable gensets from Honda and Yamaha are inverter models, plus Yamaha has a 4500 watt version that's 194lbs, 100lbs lighter than my Honda.
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Thanks for the info. I guess my question really is, do I need to go with the inverter type generators or just a straight generator. I've heard that either is fine and have also been told only run a generator with inverter
You first need to decide whether you want quiet or not.

If you are going to be boondocking, with no one nearby or at motor races, then something like the Champion 3500 open-frame generator would be a great inexpensive choice.
But if you plan on dry camping, then you'll need a good inverter generator. a great affordable choice would be the Champion 3100 inverter generator.
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I don't have a super quiet Honda but have been around one a lot. Yesterday, 4 of us stood at the tailgate of a pickup while the honda 3000 was running in the bed charging a tractor battery. Didn't even have to raise our voices. Much quieter than my Honda clone. If only it had a larger tank for longer running time.

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Look at the boliy-----------

Look at the Boliy generator, uses the same engine as the YAMAHA. A great buy and a lot of AMPS for the $$$$. I have one and love it. Light weight with low decibels. You do not have to buy two Hondas to get the same amps and will cost you less $$$$.


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Another important consideration to the OP--
What do you want out of your generator??
Do you want to be able to run your roof AC or are you just interested
in charging batteries when camping off the grid?

Size ie: 1000, 2000, 2500, larger wattage
Noise level: Honda is the quietest but other brands with inverters are pretty
quiet.

Inverter vs no inverter: You should know a non inverter generator produces
the correct frequency (60 Hz or cycles per second) by engine RPM.
This means a non-inverter genny must run at full speed even when there
is nothing plugged into it!
An inverter genny uses an inverter to change DC to 60Hz AC so some
of them have dual throttle settings. Some can merely idle when under
low load.
My honda will charge my batteries on low econo throttle so it's
even quieter AND uses less gas. If we turn on the micro wave then it
throttles up and is a little more noisy.

Also consider weight- can you lift it? Where will you haul it? Does it take
2 people to move it??

Good luck!
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look at the boliy generator, uses the same engine as the yamaha. A great buy and a lot of amps for the $$$$. I have one and love it. Light weight with low decibels. You do not have to buy two hondas to get the same amps and will cost you less $$$$.


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Old 03-26-2014, 09:47 AM   #10
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im still a fan of this one. it will run my 15k ac and fridge in 100 degree texas heat with out an issue

3100 Watt Inverter Generator - Champion Generators 75531I - Portable Generators - Camping World
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