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Old 11-04-2015, 07:56 AM   #1
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I have the 2 Honda E2000's connected in parallel with the Berg extended run 5 gal tank. Having all sorts of issues keeping them running. This last weekend could not get 1 to start after it died. The time before they ran fine but usually can't get thru a tailgating weekend without them dying. Often have to choke a warm generator to restart it. Tried everything including elevating the tank, loosening cap, etc. Figure it must be some sort of vacuum problem. Of course when I took the gen to be checked out, it started right up but I spent 2 days trying. Any advice or tricks would be appreciated. At this point thinking of getting a Yamaha 4500 to power my 5th wheel.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:12 AM   #2
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Do they crank right up when not hooked to the tank? If they do, it is an air/vacuum issue. I had an issue with loose clamps on our berg tank.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:15 AM   #3
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Don't know how old your generators are or how long its been since they ran or anything about how old the fuel or how long its sat in a tank. That being said, I suspect you have a restricted or clogged low speed orifice(jet) or air bleed. These carbs are non adjustable. Always a great idea to run( exercise) a generator at least every 60 days and if you have to store some fuel in it, use some Stabil and keep the tank vents closed. Mine has a screw on the float bowl that you can drain it. Mine is a EU3000i Handi not the EU2000
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:39 PM   #4
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Are the vents open on the gas cap? I have forgotten to open them before. I even forgot to open the vent on my Honda outboard while on a lake and came back in on my trolling motor. I was embarrassed on that one!
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Old 12-18-2015, 08:47 AM   #5
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Been a long time since you posted and problem is solved by now but anyway I will pass along something I learned on another forum. Always keep Stabil in your fuel because you never know how long it will be until the next time you need the generator. Really a necessity now with Ethanol in fuel.
Secondly, after stopping the motor pull on the starter rope until you feel it is on the compression stroke. Closes both valves and keeps moisture from fouling the plug.
Using these tips my 16 year old EU1000i starts on first or second pull every time.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:03 AM   #6
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I have two Yamaha generators that I hook together. I found that the tank must be elevated and the fuel line must be full from the tank. No air in it. I guess it forms a bubble that the fuel does not pass through. I have a squeeze bulb inline that allows me to push fuel through the line to get the air out. The generators must have a gravity feed. They do not suck fuel from the tank, no fuel pump. Once the air is out of the line and the tank is elevated, the siphon action will keep the fueled. Remember to open vent on elevated gas supply.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:31 AM   #7
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I have two Yamaha generators that I hook together. I found that the tank must be elevated and the fuel line must be full from the tank. No air in it. I guess it forms a bubble that the fuel does not pass through. I have a squeeze bulb inline that allows me to push fuel through the line to get the air out. The generators must have a gravity feed. They do not suck fuel from the tank, no fuel pump. Once the air is out of the line and the tank is elevated, the siphon action will keep the fueled. Remember to open vent on elevated gas supply.
Hondas will suck fuel as they have a fuel pump that the Yamahas do not.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:40 AM   #8
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I have the same set-up as the OP. Never a problem through 14 race weekends in 2014.

As mentioned earlier, make sure the vent is open on the Berg cap. Check your oil level on the generators.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:58 PM   #9
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Speaking of Honda generators, just a friendly FYI...I visited a friend's Sam's Club today (in El Paso, Texas) and saw they now carry the genuine Honda EU2000 gen set for under $900.
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