This sounds just like our fireside discussions!!
I agree with Steve... Champions are a great deal as long as you know what you are getting into. And also his point about the electric remote start... best option ever. If I ever get a toy-hauler.. that's what I'm getting. Honda of course
Most of my camping buddies have had several Champions (emphasis on several
. And we all agree it's a good deal (about half the price of Honda). But know you will have to put up with shorter life span, rougher running (burping), oil consumption, and less power output than the comparable Honda. Noise on Champions is slightly higher, but not enough to be a drawback. Never fails that we have to work on somebodies Champion carburetor every trip.
With one 2000 Honda we run the coffee pot and the TV with no problems, whatever altitude we have been at. I've never heard of a converter kicking any generator breaker for battery charging until now.
Just do your research and read all the reviews before you buy so you wont have any surprises.
Scott and Liz - Southern NM
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