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Old 05-06-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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Rather than the Honda and yamaha's what are some of the best portable generators that are quiet and reliable. Ones that can be used with some of the bigger rigs like the Columbus
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Both Honda and Yamaha have larger units (3000+) for the bigger stuff (A/C, microwave, etc.). Personally we have a Honda 2000 as a portable and a built-in Onan 5500 when there's a need for A/C.
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The Honda eu3000's and eu6500's are really nice and very quiet. I saw a Kipor 6 something that was a little louder but still pretty quiet compared to jobsite stuff.
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Boliy and Champion are a couple. Not as quiet as the Honda or Yamaha to my ears though.
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The Honda eu3000's and eu6500's are really nice and very quiet. I saw a Kipor 6 something that was a little louder but still pretty quiet compared to jobsite stuff.
I am thinking about the kip or heard one at a race track very quiet
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I saw a champion at a BBQ comp. Not sure how big it was but it wasn't obscene. It wasn't as quiet as those other 3 brands though.
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I got a chance to listen to a Kipor unit last summer. It was on a rental travel trailer that the company was dropping off and setting up for the renters. It was surprisingly very quiet. He told me that he outfits all his rental Travel trailers with these units. I'd personally be concerned with quality they are made in China and not much comes from China based manufacturing. Replacement parts availability would the other stuff like this is cheap for a reason. The Honda and Yamaha units are proven reliability and parts can be easily had.
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I've got a Champion 3500/4000. I can mount it on my rear tray, easily.
In fact, I used it today to power up my Columbus 320RS so I could vacuum the floors. It will run the AC, TV, water heater and lights with no problems. Can't run both AC's at once or the AC & vacuum. It also isn't as quiet as the Honda or Yamaha, but for boondocking at Walmart, it's great. I paid $250 for it 3 years ago. It's been very reliable and works for me. I've run it 8 hours non-stop last Fall. I use the 50A to 30A adapter and it plugs right into the Champion.
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Rather than the Honda and yamaha's what are some of the best portable generators that are quiet and reliable. Ones that can be used with some of the bigger rigs like the Columbus
you have a choice, do you want quiet or inexpensive? can't have both.

what do you want to run. if you don't need the a/c, then a 2000w inverter generator will work.
if you need to run one a/c, you'll need at least 2400w minimum if it's a 13.5k a/c. if it's a 15k a/c, then you'll need 3000w minimum.

the only inexpensive(compared to H/Y)inverter gennies that will compete are 2 Champion 2000w in parallel, the Boliy 3600(which has mixed reviews) and the Kipor 3000 or 2 of their 2000w paralleled. all of these will run you $900 or more, cause QUIET ain't cheap.

you need to provide more info, such as needing a/c and if so, how many and what size are they.
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you have a choice, do you want quiet or inexpensive? can't have both.

what do you want to run. if you don't need the a/c, then a 2000w inverter generator will work.
if you need to run one a/c, you'll need at least 2400w minimum if it's a 13.5k a/c. if it's a 15k a/c, then you'll need 3000w minimum.

the only inexpensive(compared to H/Y)inverter gennies that will compete are 2 Champion 2000w in parallel, the Boliy 3600(which has mixed reviews) and the Kipor 3000 or 2 of their 2000w paralleled. all of these will run you $900 or more, cause QUIET ain't cheap.

you need to provide more info, such as needing a/c and if so, how many and what size are they.
I got the parallel extrememax to power my 15000 heat pump and lights and tvjust can't power both units I have to keep the breaker to the w/d or it won't start the AC.
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