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Old 08-12-2015, 09:38 PM   #61
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If your going to spend the money get something that you will be happy with long term. I have never regretted getting my Honda.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:49 PM   #62
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I plan to go with a pair of Hondas. Silence is golden. Been to campgrounds with inconsiderate neighbors with the noisy cheapies and it makes you want to go put sugar in it. If you ever want to move it, I'd look at either a single or pair of the Honda EU2000is's. A buddy has a EU3000is, and while it is a really nice generator, I can't get it out of the truck and on the ground myself, it's just too heavy. For the same money you can have a pair of EU2000is's, parallel kit, and ~1000 more watts in a package one person can manage(~50 lbs each)
I own two Honda EU2000is's with the parallel kit. Easier to lift one at a time. Have owned them for about 10 years and would purchase the same. I can just start either one or both for the AC.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:08 PM   #63
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Ugh ! Probably just wait and save up and get the dual Honda 2000iu. I can borrow my buddies 3000iu tell then when I need it.
good decision, especially if you plan on using your generator in a campground.

that open-frame contractor style Champion is fine for boondocking at the motor races or concerts or the desert, but not in a campground.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:12 PM   #64
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I also run 2 Honda eu2000i's w/parallel kit. I made a 3 gallon extended tank for it. Easy setup. Run what you need. I have ran my 13,500 A/C with the Companion (It was my first purchase), but it was working hard and I suggest not to use it for that purpose. With the extended tank I can run longer than the eu3000i. I also have 4000 watts peak. It's nice to have 55-60 lb. generators for mobility however they can be easy to steal. Get the (pricey) metal handle covers so a thief cannot hacksaw through the plastic handle if you have it chained. Its just a deterrent like a chain. If they want it they will get it.

Now the eu3000i is a nice machine. It is definitely more quite than any other Honda out there. It is hefty so a lot more difficult to steal. Remote start is an awesome option through some vendors. If you have bed space in your truck and can leave the eu3000i in there (chained maybe), it would be convenient unless it is hot and your running A/C and you need to leave camp. A buddy of mine has one and uses a simple hoist from his garage ceiling to put it in an out of his bed.

There are pros and cons to each setup. You just have to figure out what works best for you if you want to go Honda and run A/C, microwave, etc.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:13 PM   #65
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I guess it all comes down to ford,dodge or chevy. Gas or diesel. For me the idea of 20 hrs of run time is nice. I borrowed my brothers 2000 genny and his 2000 companion and I'm convinced my 8 yr old could have set it up and started it . But when both were running g it was louder then the 3000 and ultimately I like simplicity and I'm lazy! One and done!
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:13 PM   #66
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What kind of generator do you use?

Has anyone ran a 13,500 AC with just one 2000 Honda? I have never tried and wondered if there was nothing else on if it would pull it? I know it really puts a strain on it when I fire up the electric coffee maker or the microwave. I am just curious. Actually, too chicken to try.
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Has anyone ran a 13,500 AC with just one 2000 Honda? I have never tried and wondered if there was nothing else on if it would pull it? I know it really puts a strain on it when I fire up the electric coffee maker or the microwave. I am just curious. Actually, too chicken to try.
I went out 2 weeks ago hoping to test the paralleled 2000s and it was very cold at night. We ended up putting on the heat. I did run the 2 genies to charge batteries and the kids watched a movie while lights were on . They were louder then I thought they would be.
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Anyone run the Champion 3100 inverter? They are half the price but still quite.
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Half the price for the Champion. But most likely half the life. Half the resale. Plus its louder. I personally have spent the money and went with the Honda. I picked the 3000. The only other company choice would be a Yamaha.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:14 AM   #70
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Anyone looked into the new Generac iQ2000? I just saw a mention on an Expedition Portal. We're probably not in the market for an inverter/generator until next Spring. But if this can hold up like a Honda (only time will tell) it might be a decent alternative?
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