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Old 09-09-2016, 10:12 AM   #31
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Gen Ready?

Originally Posted by BBQGUY View Post
Is your trailer gen-ready?
I'm not sure what that means. The salesman said simply "plug it into" either house current or a generator and it will take care of powering bot 12v and 110v circuits in the trailer. Is anything else needed?

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Old 09-09-2016, 10:33 AM   #32
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Generator Almost Selected - Reliability?

OK....You all have been extremely helpful.

We picked up our new Palomini 180FB last week, dragged it the 550 miles back to our home in CO and have been going through the various manuals as well as investigating its features "hands on." We have a lot to learn!

I told you all earlier that I'd hoped to find a generator that could be used for camping as well as emergency power for our home. Thanks to your input, it was clear that the very best were the inverter (sine wave) generators from Honda and Yamaha -- but that they weren't gonna be cheap.

I've eliminated H and Y because they are just too pricey. But there are alternatives that meet all my critical needs.

Westinghouse makes an "Explorer" line that uses copper windings in the alternator and is claimed to produce less than 5% THD. It is also relatively quiet at below 70db at full load. I'm pretty sure they are made in China -- but isn't almost everything?

Another company, an industrial conglomerate from China named "Lifan" also makes non-inverter, low-THD generators. It also claims to produce power clean enough for even the most sensitive electronics, and it too, is below 70db.

Both are under 700 bucks for a mid-sized generator (3kw to 4.5 kw). The Lifan includes a 240v outlet (to support my well pump in an emergency).

Both are under 110lbs and have wheels. It is tough to find much in the way of owner testimonial online because they both have only been in this generator market for 2-3 years. But comments I have found speak well of the products from both companies. Lifan owners say the assembly instructions are written badly, but other than that, they all get more than passing grades.

I expect to make a purchase next week. Any thoughts on the products from these 2 companies?

Fall is here in the mountains and I need to get all the loose ends tied up, and get the unit ready for winter. So an RV cover will be next.

Thanks again for all your help!

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Old 09-13-2016, 11:52 AM   #33
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Champion Generators

When I initially made this post, a number of folks spoke highly of Champion generators. Also, folks here warned to use a generator with 5% or less THD in order to protect sensitive equipment. Inverters were high on the list of those making clean power. But inverters are generally lower wattage and very expensive.

It seemed there were alternatives that while not as light and quiet as inverters, had good performance at a relatively low cost. I almost went for a Lifan Platinum unit or a Westinghouse "Explorer," because both claimed to make very clean power through all-copper windings...but I now have doubts about the dependability of the Lifan and the cost-competitiveness of the Westinghouse.

So, I'm back to looking at 3500-watt Champions.

Champion makes both inverters and conventional generators that they claim produce less than 5% THD -- even though they use aluminum windings. They are reasonably quiet at 68db. To boot, Champion owners rave about their reliability.

Anyone had a bad experience with a Champion? I'll probably buy one today.

Thanks for your advice.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:28 PM   #34
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They are reasonably quiet at 68db. To boot, Champion owners rave about their reliability.

Anyone had a bad experience with a Champion? I'll probably buy one today.

Thanks for your advice.
68db is NOT reasonably quiet.
That's the noise rating of their open frame contractor type generator.
I know cause I own one and I would NEVER use it in a campground.

Champion's inverter generators are much quieter and a good price.

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