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Old 05-29-2013, 03:05 PM   #61
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I find it humorus how some claim the lower priced generators are POS's without any personal experience with them. I have had my champion for many years with no problems. Could it be their way of justifying the dollars they spent. To each their own. Sometimes the so called cheap model is all that is needed for the situation. No need to denigrate them.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:15 PM   #62
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i would never call the Champion open-framed generators POS. Champion has a very good product and provides outstanding customer support. if i needed that type of generator, i'd pick Champion in a heartbeat.

BUT i do think they aren't appropriate for a campground. i was going to buy the Champion 3500/4000 model until i heard one running and then heard a Honda 2000 running.
there's no comparison since the Champion, not being an inverter-type, runs full blast all the time. and since my Honda is usually recharging the batteries, it runs at 54db while the Champion would be at 65db, which is way much louder.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:28 PM   #63
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Not being rude or anything but if you are going to spend that kind of money just get a top of the line solar system. And the last time I checked Honda was not made in the U.S. or Canada. Also when someone here in Canada wanted to get the Honda fixed they waited for 6 months to get the plastic housing from Japan. So it is personal preference and budget.
Good point. I have 160watts of panels that I mounted on roof racks on my truck that offset all the power I use on a good sunny day. I park the TT in the shade and the truck in the sun, or pop them off and put them in the sun. Still carry my honda 2000, tho and use it when needed.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:31 PM   #64
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I take it all back, nobody has any problems with the less expensive generators, and the posts that say that are wrong. Replacement part are available everywhere as is high quality service...

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Old 06-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #65
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any one run a portable generator in the back of there trucks.....any problems?....any tips?
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:57 AM   #66
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any one run a portable generator in the back of there trucks.....any problems?....any tips?
I have.
No issues.
We ran one whilst traveling once to keep supper warm in a roaster lol!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:15 PM   #67
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any one run a portable generator in the back of there trucks.....any problems?....any tips?
I used to run one to power my daughters Girl Scout float in the Christmas parade many years ago. Worked great except for the year I had a camper shell on my truck. Overheat sensor kept shutting the darn thing off. aside from that episode no problems....the fumes weren't pretty either!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #68
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People run generators on boats all the time. Don't see am issue on a truck.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:45 PM   #69
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I did with my bumper-pull. Pointed the exhaust to the rear, dropped the tailgate and slept like a baby. Main concern was exhaust heat melting my bed liner, thus i blew it rearward. Eliminator 3500 gen.
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