Originally Posted by DesertDog
Yamaha EF3000iSE vs. Honda eu2000i-companion (2) vs. Honda eu3000is.
I was faced with this decision 3 years ago. Rather than mess with fueling and running 2 generators I went with the Yamaha EF3000iSEB (500 watt boost if needed). Bigger tank, remote start, multi fuel mode from US Carburetion in West Virginia. I wanted the ability to use natural gas as well as propane should liquid fuel be tough to find in an emergency.
I love it a LOT. Pictures attached.
Having said that, I have only used the gas mode ONCE during a storm here that knocked out power for several days and gasoline was not available locally. I have not NEEDED to use the mod on any camping trip (though I have to show off the capability). It is HEAVY. Lives in the truck 24/7 because it is hard to get in and out by myself.
Having said all that, if camping was the only use I anticipated for the generator I would get the 2 Honda 2000s. Definitely the both including the companion. Fuel buddy now makes a 5 gallon gas system that feeds both generators as needed, they are MISERS on fuel use when idling. They can be used individually if needed. One for you and one to share with a friend who does not have a generator. A spare if one breaks while camping. SMALL, both fit nicely inside the truck or camper for travel.
EVERYONE seems to have a Honda and you are more likely to find someone knowledgeable on your generator to help you if it needs service while you are camping. Did I say they were small? Throw it in the truck and easily drive it to the repair shop. Every Honda repair facility works on them. Yamaha service centers may or may not even have the manuals or expertise to repair your 3000.
In the end it is your call. If you do not plan on the multi-fuel capability for emergencies, then the two Hondas are the absolute way to go IMHO.