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Old 07-16-2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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You may want to keep in mind the elevation you are at may make a difference. I live close to sea level, so what might work in San Francisco area may not work in Denver area. Just a thought.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:56 PM   #12
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Be loud and be proud....

I just purchased the Champion Generator and broke it in. I purchased it to use at home with the camper in case we lose our home power for an extended time. I will NOT be using this at a campground, just at home and boondocking with my friends.

Back to your question, get the wheel kit and a few 2x6's. You'll be just fine or buddy lift if you have to. Cabela's has the weekender kit at a good price and the wheel kit is inlcuded. It is a sturdy generator and will run everything if you need it to. When my kids go to college and i have cash to burn, then i will upgrade to the Yamaha's or Honda's, but not until then. It is just too much cash for as little as I plan on using it. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:56 PM   #13
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Yeah, I had a Honda eu3000i, it took a crap, the est to fix was way to high, I ended up researching the Champion, and had it for over a month, and am very impressed. will run our Micro, and 13.5 a/c with no problem, but usually the tv a/c ect, For those Honda Lovers out there, please remember there are alternatives, and dont have to spend over a grand for another one! The 3500 is not much louder than the Honda I had, I was/am impressed with it! And a 2 year warranty to boot.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:26 PM   #14
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I have the champion and I can't complain. I don't use it much but handles my 15,000 btu a/c and water heater in my 5th wheel. Can't run microwave too, but not an issue. I can buy a lot of champions before I spend enough to pay for a Honda. Light weight, easy to start you can't lose.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:25 AM   #15
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I have the Champion 3500/4000. I lost my last TT in the TN floods in 2010. The generator had less than 20 hours on it at the time. It was submerged for 2 days. When we were allowed to recover our stuff from TT, it was covered in mud. I took it home and drained fuel, oil, changed plug and cleaned filter. It fired first pull and works like it did when new. We just used it last week on our trip to Iowa. It ran 24/7 in 95+ temps. I did learn it has the low oil shut off....at 2:00 in the morning. Great generator that you can hear, but not one to crank up in a campground.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #16
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Update, we lost power last month due to storms, we bugged out to the camper and the champion ran all night and we slept with the AC on.

So here's my take, get what you can afford and be appreciative when you really need it
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:14 PM   #17
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I've had my Champion for about 5 years now and it has NEVER let me down. I probably have about 500 hours on it easy. Many, many nights in Walmarts all over the place. Lots of time on it at the storage lot also. First or second pull no matter the weather, and I've used it in weather down below 0F. I only paid just a tad over 300 for it so at this point it owes me nothing.

I would not run mine in a CG. I have friends that have them and do, but I would not. Then again I don't often dry camp in CG's. However, when we winter camp, which is about 20 nights per year, if we lose power, then the champ will be coming life..
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:21 PM   #18
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We run to 2000i in parallel. We currently have a Rockwood 2607ss. The noise is minimal, starting is easy and the 30 amp plug is a plus. We also use these for the house when electricity is off. I've heard the Champion - no contest I much prefer the Honda. Not to mention the weight issue. Honda is much easier to handle.
Same here so I can use only one unless I need to run the A/C (and they do work well for the A/C).

I originally bought the Honda 3000 and the next day I had the same concern as the original question here. How will I get the 135# unit out of the truck. I cancelled the order and bought the two EU2000I's for the same price and have 4000 watts. No regrets.
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Now i'm wondering if my 2 Hondas, running parallel, will power my 50 amp Salem Hemisphere 346 QBUD. It's got 2 ACs. Be happy if the one 15000BTU would run. Any input on this?
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Now i'm wondering if my 2 Hondas, running parallel, will power my 50 amp Salem Hemisphere 346 QBUD. It's got 2 ACs. Be happy if the one 15000BTU would run. Any input on this?
They won't run 2, should run one though.
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