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Old 03-23-2009, 03:12 PM   #1
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Kipor Generators

Does anyone know anything about Kipor Generators? We are looking at an IG3000. They seem to be a bit louder than the Yamaha and Honda at 60-67db. But is this still reasonable? We could get one for about $1600.00. It's $700 less than a Honda eu3000.

We would order from the US but trying to find a place that will ship to Canada isn't so easy and with the $ exchange, s&h, and duty.... all of a sudden we are looking at big dollars.
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Old 03-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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Never heard of them, my only concern would be where to get replacement parts or service if you need it. You can find Yamaha and Honda parts and service everywhere.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:44 PM   #3
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Kipor generators offer the same warranty on parts and labor as Honda, 2 year on both. The Kipors are a few dB louder than the competition, yes, but the savings on a Kipor over yamaha or Honda far outweigh the 3 dB difference. When I was at All Seasons RV in Muskegon, MI, they had Kipor generators there for $1100. They were refurbished from the factory, but again, offered the same 2 year parts/labor warranty. The Kipor name is only a few years old, but they are definitely an up-and-coming brand name. I'm not sure who makes them, but I know they are made specifically for an RV parts warehouse called Coast. Your dealer will be able to service your Kipor. If they can't fix it, they send it back to the factory, and/or replace it.

I have also done some research down to the nuts and bolts of these things. The carbs from the kipor and honda, I believe, interchange. The yamaha's big claim to fame is stainless steel piston rings. The specs between the Honda and Kipor are within about 7% as far as weight, dimensions, capacities, service intervals, run time, etc. The kipor is basically a reverse-engineered version of the Honda. I consider the yamaha to be about half a step up from Kipor and Honda, reflected mainly by the price. I don't think the yamaha is worth the extra bucks, though.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:20 PM   #4
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There are a lot of people on different forums that sing the praises of Kipor. From all I've read they seem to be good units. Parts and service are getting easier to find and more widespread. If you're buying from a local dealer and they service what they sell I wouldn't be afraid to buy it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:51 PM   #5
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I have the one you are looking at. All in all its a good generator and cheaper than the hondas. I did have mine outside fairly unprotected for a year... i had some plastic on it and ended up taking it to a shop because it wouldn't start halfway though last summer. The shop had it several months but did finally fix it. Said they had to grind clean all the chassis connections because it wasn't making ground. Sounded like a lot of nonsense but it seems to work again. I guess its really about the warrenty and shop.. eventhough they fixed it free it took them forever!
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:59 AM   #6
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The Kipors are a few dB louder than the competition, yes, but the savings on a Kipor over yamaha or Honda far outweigh the 3 dB difference. When I was at All Seasons RV in Muskegon, MI, they had Kipor generators there for $1100. They were refurbished from the factory, but again, offered the same 2 year parts/labor warranty.
We had our Yamaha EF2400is shipped to our door for $1089 from Wisesales.com.
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Wisesales doesn't look like it ships to Canada. Even if they did, we would be charged s&h, as well as the $ exchange and duty at customs. So probably not worth it.

It is good to hear some positive comments about Kipor. This Kipor ig3000 model is $700.00 less that the Honda eu3000 and $1000.00 less than the Yamaha ef3000. I was wanting to make sure that 62-67 db won't make our camping neighbours mad. Our RV dealer lives about 1 hour away. So not a big deal to get the Kipor serviced there as they sell them. I will have to look here in town to see if there are any Kipor dealers around. I suppose we will be out of luck if the Kipor breaks down while we are camping. But then again, we just won't use it until we get home again.
Them Honda and Yamahas sure are nice though.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:47 PM   #8
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My buddy has the KIPOR 3000 and he likes it. I borrowed it once and found it to be a solid gen-set. It's not as loud as my Champion 3500, but louder than the Honda's. It would start and run AC without problem. However, if TV or other items were on when AC started, TV would shut off as it was too much for the KIPOR to handle (peak). Once AC was running, no problems with running other "low-draw" items.
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I gave a serious look to getting a Kipor based on their initial lower cost. A little research later, I came to the conclusion that they were a knock off Honda, made in China (although some of the bigger Hondas are made in China now too). What I could not get over is the potential difficulty in obtaining Kipor parts should a repair be required. Given the service network provided by Honda almost everywhere I travel, I spent a few extra bucksand bought the Honda.
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