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Old 03-29-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Ok, I finally have $$$$ saved up to get a good generator and based on all of the recommendations it has come down to these three. Yamaha EF3000iSE vs. Honda eu2000i-companion (2) vs. Honda eu3000is. I would really like to get some input from those that have these particular models and why you chose the one you have. Likes and dislikes and would you do it differently. I will say I'm leaning towards the (2) eu2000i. Any advice would great!! Thanks
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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I have a pair of 2000s. I think it's the only way to go. You get 4000 watts in two EASY to carry machines. I wouldn't do it any other way.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:05 AM   #3
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I love our EU3000is Honda for everything except the 130+ lbs it weighs. I use my tractor and loader to lift it into the truck now as I find it a bit too heavy to pick up by myself anymore. Also it is just a bit too high for a bed cover in our truck. I would consider the 2 Honda 2000's if I had to do over but I love the run time of up to 20 hrs on the 3000 and the electric start. You do have more grunt with 2 2000's as well.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:16 AM   #4
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i too have the eu3000 and love it. it is great on fuel and very quiet. there is two ways to look at the weight of the unit. yes it is fairly heavy and it requires two people to load it or i use my atv ramps to roll it into the back of my truck. but i also look at this as an advantage too. it makes it very difficult for one person to steal it as one person cannot just gab it and walk away. the 2000 is very easy to swipe. even a cable through the handle of the 2000 is easy to remove as the handle is only plastic. the eu3000 has steel handles that are much stronger. i think they are both good choices but that is why i went the route of the eu3000.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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Yamaha EF3000iSE vs. Honda eu2000i-companion (2) vs. Honda eu3000is.
Henry,

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.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:12 AM   #6
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A pair of Honda 2000s and the extended run tank is really a nice setup. With the 5 gallon boat tank attached you can go over 24 hours (its really a little over 7 gallons as both Honda 2000s internal tanks must be filled for this to work correctly).

Like Herk and others have said the 2000 is truly a portable generator and can be lifted by one person. The 3000 can be abruptly lowered by one person!

The other advantage is that it is a dual genset. In the wintertime months when power demands are much lower you can easily get by running one 2000. Having two also means you can split them up and use them in two different places at the same time.

However, I have seen a number of people permanently affix a 3000 to their TT. With the remote electric start that is an advantage. If you have your power cable run properly, you can remote start your genset while traveling. Some people do this about 1/2 from a rest stop to cool down the TT.

Yamaha certainly has wisely installed a boost system in their genset. That boost allows the 3000 to surge to 3500 watts for 10 seconds. But I have not seen any trailer that running a Honda 3000 report a surge problem.

The other kid on the block is the Boliy. I don't know anything about them other than they look like the Yamaha, just in red.

Me? I like the 2000s. I will tell you to go ahead and buy the extended run tank. It sells for about $150. By the time you are finished getting all the parts you might have saved about $50 or less...I broke even because I had a dickens of time locating brass 1/4" fuel components.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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X5 on 2 Honda 2000's. Use the second one only when you need it. Easier to transport. The 3000's are real nice but most people I've seen with them leave them in the back of the truck and run them from there; pretty heavy for me at least. And of course 2 2000's gives you more power.
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I love my Honda 2000i but if I were to buy a generator today it would be the Boily Pro 3600SI. It's much lighter than the Yamaha and Honda and less expensive than both. A couple of members on the Forum have purchased them recently and seem to be very happy with the results. If you haven't already ruled out the Boily, you might want to take a look at it.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:25 PM   #9
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Man, I really appreciate all of the great responses! I think I'm going to go with the twin Honda 2000's. ng2951, do you have any Pics of your DIY external tank project. I really like the idea, and since i will have a little wait for it to get here I can order the external tank parts. I'll take the $50 savings with these gas prices..lol. Looks like "Wise" has the best deals unless someone found a better place?
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:31 PM   #10
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For DIY campers:

Extended run fuel tank for Honda inverter generators.

For Buy It types:

Generator Extended Run Fuel Tanks and Adapter Ktis WiseSales.com

Need more power than 2 Hondas put out? How about three?

http://www.wisesales.com/triple-parallel-kit.html
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