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Old 01-30-2016, 12:12 PM   #1
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Anyone know of a very good inverter generator to power a FR 25dks micro lite flagstaff. I will be dry camping on a military RV lot until a space comes open so I decided to look into a generator of some kind.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:58 PM   #2
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Hondas, Yamahas and champion would be my recommendations.. I have 2 Hondas, they are pricey but start everytime. The Yamaha. Seem to be the same. Some will also swear by the Champions.

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Old 01-30-2016, 01:45 PM   #3
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A lot of others have posted about gens before , but you have asked about " a very good inverter generator" as doc73 said, only way to go is Honda or Yamaha.
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A lot of others have posted about gens before , but you have asked about " a very good inverter generator" as doc73 said, only way to go is Honda or Yamaha.
Or a Champion, just as good, half the price.
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Or a Champion, just as good, half the price.
Maybe just as good, but looking at the price between a Honda( on Amazon) and a Champion (at Costco) not half the price, $300 difference. May be worth looking in to.
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I paid $600 for my Champion 3100. You can get them for close to that price often if you watch for deals.
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The only issue I've ever heard of with champions are service... Honda and Yamaha have fairly local repair fascilities. My Honda is 3 miles from home, Yamaha a 100 miles.. Hence the Honda. From what I've read in reviews is the Champions are great but when they break.. They need to be shipped back to somewhere (prob china) and who knows about reaper parts, if they even have them. But again, many swear by them.

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If I had it to do over again, I would have a paid a bit more and bought the same generator with the remote electric start. In the winter I think it would be nice to be able to stay in the coach and remotely start the generator so we could run the microwave.
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Just bought two Yamaha ef200si and the sidewinder parallel cord. I got a super price from Stalkups RV Superstore out of Casper Wy saved a ton of money. I went with the Yamaha because they only weigh 44 lbs have clean power, sip fuel and are very quite like the Honda and cost less.
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I'll vote for the Honda EU2000i. You pay more for it but you've got the unbeatable Honda functionality. I've had a Honda 5Kw open frame generator and have abused it for 17 years. It STILL runs strong and starts easily. I don't like paying for things twice and that's usually what happens when you buy cheap tools or generators. I just bought a Honda EU2000i and paid ALOT more than my US brothers... but still worth it !
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I hear ya about the Honda I have a 3500 I use as a house backup it is way to heavy to take camping at my age. It has never failed me in 16 years. If you are implying the Yamaha's are cheaply made gens or don't preform enlighten yourself by reading the reviews and tests comparing Honda, Yamaha, and genarc.
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Copy. I read all the threads on gensets and inverters before buying the honda. I've never been let down by any of my Honda equipment. Alot depends on how you maintain your stuff as well.
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I just purchased a Honda eu 3,000 it is quieter than the 2,000 and considering that we would have to parallel 2 2,000's to pull our air conditioner. A lot less noise in the national park campgrounds.
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Butch your choice of generators is a good one, that model @ 1/4 load only produces 49DB very quite less then normal conversation it is the quietest of the inverter generators Honda makes. Noise was not the reason I got two generators, it was a thing of weight and not needing all that power all the time, the Eu3000 weighs in at 144 and the Ef2000 comes in at 44lbs with a noise level of 51-61 still quite.
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Maybe just as good, but looking at the price between a Honda( on Amazon) and a Champion (at Costco) not half the price, $300 difference. May be worth looking in to.
Are you comparing apples to apples here? Costco's Champion is 2,800W Running / 3,100W Peak and is $800. The cheapest Honda I can find on Amazon with similar wattage is $2,000.
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Butch your choice of generators is a good one, that model @ 1/4 load only produces 49DB very quite less then normal conversation it is the quietest of the inverter generators Honda makes. Noise was not the reason I got two generators, it was a thing of weight and not needing all that power all the time, the Eu3000 weighs in at 144 and the Ef2000 comes in at 44lbs with a noise level of 51-61 still quite.
I also bought the 2 for similar reasoning.. The weight is much easier to move 2 50lbs genius v a 150 lbs geni. I also had a popup at the time so only one was needed.

If I had a do over, I might just stay the same. Very easy to move around and very quiet. I sit mine under the hitch head at the head of our bed and do not even hear it. Even with both going (very rare )

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I understand prefering the lighter weight, but you are running 2 generators pumping out 51 db to 61 db each with half the run time per fill up ! You got to give up something to get something. Once my Honda is loaded in the bed of the tv it stays until we get back home . I have a a 2.000 that I use early and late in the season when AC is not needed. The rest of the time the 2,000 works around the farm.
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I have an extended tank so it run 18 hours, but I get your point. 90% all I need is the 2000 watter. Diffrent strokes for different folks, right?

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I have an extended tank so it run 18 hours, but I get your point. 90% all I need is the 2000 watter. Diffrent strokes for different folks, right?

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Absolutely, I just hate it when all the campground critters come over to see what the heck is making all that noise ! I definately could go with the 2,000 most of the time .........but I have a wife !
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I do not understand dB and I know it is a multiplication of sound from say 40 dB to 45,not linear.. But I cannot even hear my Honda from the back if my trailer, outside, and the geni in the front. They are all quiet, but those critters probably run a contractor harbor fright geni.. We are not in the deep South so the ac is used but not that much.

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